10-28-2011, 12:05 PM
I am trying to decide between selling our 04 Sequoia with 130k miles and in great shape both mechanically and cosmetically and get a 80 series Land Cruiser or keep the Sequoia and build it up. I had a 91 Land Cruiser for a few years and love the body style and offroad capabilities even though they were not used alot. I could sell the Sequoia and buy an above average Land Cruiser or LX450 loaded up and have many of the same creature comforts and get roughly the same bad mpg's and have a few grand to add bumpers, sliders and a lift which are easy to buy. The flip side is I know the maintenance history of our Sequoia, had the timing belt done last year and just a couple months ago put the small lift on it. The upside is you don't see many Sequoias armored up so it would be more one of a kind and since I am not rock crawling I am not worried about breaking the weaker than Land Cruiser drivetrain. The downside is that there is very little aftermarket parts so it would be adapting Tundra stuff or starting from scratch.
My wife doesn't care much as long as it doesn't look "ghetto" or "redneck" those are her words. I don't care if other like the way my car looks if it is what I want to drive. What do you fellow Sequioa owners think?
10-28-2011, 01:39 PM
Tough call. I've never had a Land Cruiser, but it sounds like there are a lot more aftermarket parts for them. However, knowing the history of your Sequoia is a big deal.
How much do you plan to spend on the Seq? You might be able to get a great deal on an LC that someone else already spent the money on fix it up. Maybe keep the Seq and buy the LC;-)
I've had two 80 Series. Loved them both. Had OME lifts on both. Had ARB bumpers and Slee sliders on one of them. I find the Sequoia to be much more comfortable, and I like the extra size. And I didn't like the lack of power on the 80s.
10-28-2011, 05:50 PM
I also had a 80 Series before the Sequoia and the only reason I sold it is due to the lack of room. I couldn't fit a car seat behind the drivers seat with me needing it back all the way. It wasn't as roomy, and not as powerful. That being said, in retrospect I purchased the 97' because you can actually still purchase the TRD Supercharger for it and get plenty of power. I also had some SLEE parts, and was ready to do more before I sold it. It unfortunately needed the front birfields rebuilt and I decided to just sell it for the Sequoia. I wish now that I would have kept the 80 series because of the simplicity, and aftermarket parts availability. Yes the ride was a little rougher, but it was simple and easy to work on. The added power of the supercharger would have been nice and I think I could have dealt with the smaller leg room. Tough, because I love the Sequoia's ...but I think if I had to buy another Sequoia it would have to be a 05' and up Sequoia for the extra power and better tranny.
10-28-2011, 06:07 PM
Sounds like you all would be just as torn, space and power I think is the deciding factor.
You could always go with a 100 series Cruiser. They are a little bigger than the 80, have a more modern feeling interior, a V8, and there are a lot of parts available for them as well. Bumpers, sliders, etc. That might be the perfect option for you.
10-28-2011, 08:35 PM
I thought about a hundy but not worth the swap
10-29-2011, 02:21 PM
I like Bojo's comment. The 100 series is what I would purchase next as it's bigger and more powerful than the 80 series with a huge aftermarket following. Same 4.7 that's in the Sequoia/Tundra. Slee offroad also has a turbo kit for it if you really want to spend some money.