For the past 2 years my 200 Series Land Cruiser has served faithfully without issue, but as my overlanding goals have changed, so have my vehicle requirements.
When I first purchased the Land Cruiser I was looking for the Swiss Army knife of trucks, and after a couple of months of research I finally pulled the trigger and brought her home. Quite frankly I thought this would be the last vehicle I would have to buy for the foreseeable future.
The Day I Brought Her Home
My goal was to build a truck that could hit the toughest of trails while still be able to eat up a thousand mile road trip with ease. So for the next 6 months I talked to every 200 Series Owner I could find (all 2 of them) and carefully planned out my build.
Built Up In All Her Glory
I ended up with one capable
minivan truck that didn’t fail me once; even through the vehicle consuming Vermont Overland Trophy she never missed a beat. For the past 60,000 miles the truck has been flawless – she’s never left me stranded even when she makes me write checks I don’t want to cash.
Don’t get me wrong though she has some major limitations and handicaps that you can’t overlook. Fully loaded she tips the scales at almost 8,000 pounds, when you need a part be prepared to wait 2-3 weeks for Toyota to find one, and even thought I hate to admit it, there’s some places that she just can’t go. Regardless though she always got me from point A to point B, even when challenged with “user error.”
The Long Wheelbase Showing It’s Weakness
So by now you’re probably wondering why I’m moving on from the Land Cruiser considering she’s been such a great truck. The honest answer is that the Land Cruiser has been an invaluable learning experience, but I’ve also realized that I’ve reached the reasonable limits of her capabilities. All I can tell you right now is there is going to be a change in the DirtRoadTrip garage coming up in the new few months, so be on the look out.
Oh and if you or someone you know is looking for a turn key 200 Series Land Cruiser, feel free to shoot me an e-mail