Toyota LandCruiser 60 Series
(1980 - 1990)

  • Toyota reliability
  • Spare parts are plentiful
  • Excellent off-road abilities
  • No-nonsense adventure vehicle
  • Very very slow
  • Rust, so much potential for rust
  • Compromised on-road driving characteristics
  • Lacking in tech and safety
Overview

The Toyota LandCruiser 60 Series marked a transition point for the LandCruiser, visually moving away from the quaint old FJ55 with its separate front fenders and cross-eyed headlights, providing a more refined, comfortable and consumer-friendly package.

The 60 Series retained the FJ55’s overall proportions and ladder frame-chassis construction with the body bolted on top, as well as carry-over suspension from the 55 including leaf springs front and rear, and live axles at both ends meaning that while it was now a far more sophisticated four-door, five-seater truck, it would still tackle even the toughest terrain you could throw it at.

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What goes wrong
  • Rust. Look everywhere but especially the bottom corners of the windshield, top drip rails, the tailgate, rear frame rails, the inner rear wheel well, behind the front tyres and outer rear wheel wells
  • At this age, the carburettor may require rebuilding
  • Check vacuum hoses for wear
  • Check for front axle sludge
  • Check for steering wobble or if the 60 Series has been fitted with a steering damper
  • If the 60 Series has over 200,000kms, have its compression tested
  • 2H petrol engine can burn out valves
  • Axle seals may require work
  • At this age, all bushes will require replacement
Model range, pricing and features

Standard, G & GXL

  • Price when new: $13,990 - $35,314
  • Price used: $5,000 - $30,000

The model line-up started with the unimaginatively named Standard (which was then re-named G and GX post the initial facelift) which got barn doors at the rear and the bare minimum when it came to extras which may equate to less potential for things to go wrong.

Standard features:

  • Barn style rear doors
  • Vinyl seats and floors
  • Smooth split rim style wheels
  • AM/FM radio

Deluxe G & GXL

  • Price when new: $14,860 - $50,919
  • Price used: $10,000 - $35,990

This is usually a bigger step and while it maintains the base model principles it will have a few more comforts.

Deluxe G & GXL adds:

  • Lift up tailgate
  • Chrome wheels
  • Chrome body trim
  • Tilt-adjustable steering column
  • Cloth seats
  • Carpeted floors
  • Cassette player
  • Intermittent wipers

Sahara/VX

  • Price when new: $20,785 - $61,619
  • Price used: $17,000 - $85,000

The Sahara featured all the bells and whistles. Including some super weird ones like the air conditioned centre console.

This is the spec we highly recommend and is the sweet spot of the range.

Sahara/VX adds:

  • High roof extension
  • Sunroof
  • 8 seats
  • Exclusive body decals
  • Factory-fitted PTO winch
  • 12HT engine option
  • Electric windows and door locks
  • Air conditioned centre console

GLX

  • Price when new: $13,990 - $35,314
  • Price used: $5,000 - $30,000

Intended as a stop-gap model towards the end of the 60’s run, the GLX was only available for 1989 and 1990, but was a taste of things to come for the LandCruiser.

GLX adds:

  • Black plastic wheel arch moulds
  • Electric mirrors
  • Rear limited slip differential
Should you buy it?

If you are happy to deal with 30-year-old truck-like driving dynamics, the lack of safety and tech and all the idiosyncrasies that come with a vehicle of this age, the size and are planning on actually using its immense off-road and adventure abilities, yes.

Good condition 60 Series are either going to hold their value or increase in price and many mint examples are being snapped up by collectors right now so our tip is get in while you can, but please remember these things are getting very long in the tooth so make sure you get it inspected by your local qualified mechanic before you hand over your cash.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

1-year/20,000kms

Servicing:

10,000kms or every 6 months

Tech specs

Body style:

  • 5-door SUV wagon

Engine & outputs:

  • 4.2-litre inline 6-cyl petrol (2F), 101kW / 271Nm
  • 4.0-litre inline 6-cyl petrol (3F, 3F-E), 116kW / 303Nm
  • 3.4-litre inline 4-cyl diesel (3B), 67kW / 217Nm
  • 4.0-litre inline 6-cyl diesel (2H), 80kW / 240Nm
  • 4.0-litre inline 6-cyl turbo-diesel (12H-T), 100kW / 315Nm

Transmission:

  • 4-spd manual, four-wheel drive (All Variants)
  • 5-spd manual, four-wheel drive (All Variants)
  • 4-spd automatic, four-wheel drive (Post-1985)

Fuel use:

  • 13L – 13.8L/100km (2F)
  • 10.5L/100km (3F & 3F-E)
  • 15L/100km (3B)
  • 13L – 14L/100km (2H)
  • 12.8L/100km (12H-T)

Dimensions:

  • Height: 1750mm, 1950mm (with high-roof extension)
  • Length: 4675mm
  • Width: 1800mm

Ground clearance:

  • 225mm

Towing capacity:

  • 1133kg (braked)

Payload:

  • 670kg
Disclaimer

Information correct as of March 19, 2021.

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