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They look ugly, but it's good to hear that they'll go on all of the many narrow roads here in Japan. :thumbsup:
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View Postgrungy-gonads, on 09 October 2014 - 07:04 AM, said:

I must say I find those great big hulking vehicles pretty horrendous myself!

What is the appeal.... just lots of space?


Most of them are in fact big hulking horrendous vehicles.. I feel the same way about Ford, Chevy, Dodge and North American Toyotas. The LandCruiser is different though because they really aren't THAT big. No bigger than a Toyota van or El Grande or Alphard..

And "What's the appeal?" is a valid question GG... It's the same thing I ask when I pull up beside someone scrunched into a high end Ferrari or hunched over "hugging a barrel" on a Ducati.

I drive a little wee K car during the week and save the LandCruiser for Fridays and the weekend.
It's EXACTLY like treating yourself to a first class ticket home every once in a while...and that 200 Series of Snowjunkys is a very, very nice driving experience that is ALSO very capable of light-medium duty off-roading.



As for my "appeal" .. Practically speaking...and not in any particular order...

-I can sleep in it very comfortably.

-I can pack a ton of gear for camping or music equipment for live shows or all the gear I take to business events all over the country...

-Loaded or unloaded the truck handles the same with the same amount of power...

-It will go anywhere...deep snow, sand, mud, ....the apocalypse

-At 20 years old it costs the same as a used Subabu but will easily last another 20 years.....unlike the Subaru.

-Relatively easy to work on with a good used parts network and plenty of documentation for the DIY'ers.

-LandCruiser heritage...I like driving a legend.

-durability and more importantly reliability.

-and MOST importantly......The 90 year old oba-chans in my neighborhood love touching the tires that are almost as tall as they are. :wave:
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View Postgrungy-gonads, on 09 October 2014 - 07:12 AM, said:

They look ugly, but it's good to hear that they'll go on all of the many narrow roads here in Japan. :thumbsup:


So, what's a "satisfactory" car for you GG? I say.. satisfactory ..because vehicle appreciation doesn't seem to be your thing.
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Oh I can certainly appreciate cars, but my type is something much smaller and sportier than those huge boxes.
I can also appreciate that other people like different kind of cars too :)
Doesn't change my particular dislike for them of course. But thanks for explaining the appeal!
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I don't know...I kinda look at insulting someones new vehicle akin to telling a guy to his face that you don't approve of his girlfriends extra large ass when in fact it's what he finds to be her finest asset.

Well, I'm looking forward to seeing Big Al's new truck.
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Apologies!

I didn't think it was "insulting". Everyone has different taste don't they. I just think the big things don't look good.
Are we only allowed to comment if it's 'great wheels dude' kind of thing?

But anyway, I take it back if it was "insulting"!

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(But come on! Don't you need some balls to drive one of those things?!) ;)
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View Postgrungy-gonads, on 09 October 2014 - 07:04 AM, said:


I must say I find those great big hulking vehicles pretty horrendous myself!

What is the appeal.... just lots of space?


If it's space, that's probably the wrong reason to buy a proper SUV, because the ground clearance means they are not that big inside. A people carrier of the same length/height will be much roomier.

Everything is a trade-off in car design. SUVs original purpose was "go anywhere", but that's all been diluted with various degrees of styling and ride comfort which reduce the ability to "go anywhere". Obviously there are places where you don't need an SUV, and a lot of the bad rep they've got is the "Chelsea tractor" thing, people driving the big, flashy ones in town as a pose. As a genuine problem, as a pedestrian or cyclist, I don't think you'd want to be hit by an SUV. You'd be better off being hit at knee/thigh height by a regular car.

I think we'll get an SUV next, a Harrier Hybrid. Its one of the smaller and more stylish ones, so no real offroad performance, but still 4wd for the snow, 12-13km/l, leather seats, and 0-60 in under 7 seconds. I just need to find a million yen somewhere.
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@GG.......****it......not in the mood

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You're sounding like a big pink blouse!

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Ah...just got some unsavory shit on my plate right now..

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View PostChriselle, on 09 October 2014 - 10:05 AM, said:

Well, I'm looking forward to seeing Big Al's new truck.


Mate, you're not the only one. It's taking me all my mental strength to resist phoning up the dealership and repeating:

"Is my ute ready yet?"
"Is my ute ready yet?"
"Is my ute ready yet?"
"Is my ute ready yet?"

Not unlike Bart & Lisa when they wanted to go to Mount Splashmore.
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As much as it flies in the face of common sense...there is nothing like the thrill of getting a brand new vehicle. Enjoy..
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I view 'Cruisers in the same terms as John Lennon described blues music. He said something along the lines of:

"If all music were chairs we would have all different varieties. Soft, comfy lounges, solid hardwood chairs, beautifully intricate mod-design chairs etc. The blues would be a chair and you would sit on it. It's the real thing."

IMHO 'Cruisers fully deserve their legendary status. They are the duck's nuts!

Once again - great rig Snowjunky!! :thumbsup:
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Thanks guys for the kind comments ............or not.
Different strokes for different folks I guess - that's cool.
After all I traded this as part payment on the Cruiser:-
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3.6 litre v6, DSG six speed gearbox, 4 motion all wheel drive, auto electric everything, Napper leather seats, 0 to 100 in 5.6 seconds.
I absolutely loved that car and it broke my heart to see it go but I now need a different kind of power - Pulling Power.

I have on order a 22' 6 Caravan that fully loaded weighs around 3 ton, and the 4.5 litre twin turbo V8 cruiser putting out 195KW and a whopping 650 nm of torque is the ultimate tow tug to take around this wide brown land (apart from those HUGE gas guzzling american trucks).

So out of the mid-life crisis car and into Mr practical car with a different kind of beauty for me.

Apart from the pulling power the cruiser will take me lots of places off the beaten track.

Plenty of other advantages also as per Chrisell's and Big Al's and others posts.

Couple of questions - 1.Chris, what is stinkbug? I have heard of stinkeye (evil eye) but not the other
2, Big Al - will you be at Suncorp Sunday?
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View Postsnowjunky, on 09 October 2014 - 09:06 PM, said:

Big Al - will you be at Suncorp Sunday?


Does a bear poo in the woods??

Big Al Junior & I are season ticket holders in the Platinum section - Isle 301, Row 15 !!

Are you going to be there?

One question about the VW, how did you get on with the DSG? A client and a mate each had Golfs with the DSG and they both went belly up!!
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My cousin works at the Suncorp stadium……not in the pie stall or anything, but behind the scenes in the management side of things.
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View PostTubbyBeaverinho, on 10 October 2014 - 07:48 AM, said:

My cousin works at the Suncorp stadium……not in the pie stall or anything


Bugger, I was going to hit you up for details for a season of free pies mmmmmmmmmmm........
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View PostBig Al, on 10 October 2014 - 04:58 AM, said:

View Postsnowjunky, on 09 October 2014 - 09:06 PM, said:

Big Al - will you be at Suncorp Sunday?


Does a bear poo in the woods??

Big Al Junior & I are season ticket holders in the Platinum section - Isle 301, Row 15 !!

Are you going to be there?

One question about the VW, how did you get on with the DSG? A client and a mate each had Golfs with the DSG and they both went belly up!!


Yes the bear does poo in the woods and yes I will be there (not the woods, - suncorp)
Myself and my two lads have been going for the past 9 years and are foundation platinum members.
Aisle 340 down the 3 top steps, turn left right and walk straight into our seats. Can't remember the row number, have not needed to having the same seats for 9 years. Now it's me, one son and one grandkid
We are in line with the Roar bench
I will be the one in orange!.

Back on topic, yes I did now there was a massive recall on certain VW DSG gearboxes though fortunately for me the CC model was not affected.
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View Postsnowjunky, on 09 October 2014 - 09:06 PM, said:

Thanks guys for the kind comments ............or not.
Different strokes for different folks I guess - that's cool.
After all I traded this as part payment on the Cruiser:-
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3.6 litre v6, DSG six speed gearbox, 4 motion all wheel drive, auto electric everything, Napper leather seats, 0 to 100 in 5.6 seconds.
I absolutely loved that car and it broke my heart to see it go but I now need a different kind of power - Pulling Power.

I have on order a 22' 6 Caravan that fully loaded weighs around 3 ton, and the 4.5 litre twin turbo V8 cruiser putting out 195KW and a whopping 650 nm of torque is the ultimate tow tug to take around this wide brown land (apart from those HUGE gas guzzling american trucks).

So out of the mid-life crisis car and into Mr practical car with a different kind of beauty for me.

Apart from the pulling power the cruiser will take me lots of places off the beaten track.

Plenty of other advantages also as per Chrisell's and Big Al's and others posts.

Couple of questions - 1.Chris, what is stinkbug? I have heard of stinkeye (evil eye) but not the other
2, Big Al - will you be at Suncorp Sunday?


Nice ride you traded in...although I wouldn't call a $100K+... 200 Series "Mr Practical"... :sj-lol: Stinkbug is a reference to an unbalanced lift where the ass end sticks up higher than the front. BUT, hauling gear or loading the hitch with a big trailer requires a bit more spring in the rear. I was wondering what you might be pulling .... Do post up some pics of the entire rig when you get it..
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