CRUISING WITHOUT BRUISING
I’m looking for a Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, 2008 or later. Are there any known areas of concern, and should I look at the diesel or petrol? How many kilometres are too many? Simon Blake, email
A million kilometres may mark a ’Cruiser 200 Series as too leggy, Simon, but anything less and she’ll be right. I’m only half-kidding there. Many will have lived a hard life and there have been reliability issues, so prioritise examples that have done more town than Outback work. Listen for dodgy vibrations when test driving, check for underbody rust, paint quality and for oil leaks. Unless you want ludicrous fuel bills the diesel’s the way to go. Check out specialist forums such as landcruiserclub.net for expert advice and invest in a specialist to check over any potential purchase.
Re buying a Mazda, only to have the brand promote a five-year warranty the following week. I had a similar problem with my Subaru Outback. I bought it on March 6, it was delivered on March 15, then Subaru had a fiveyear warranty deal on cars bought from March 15 to 18. Subaru told me it was a four-day event and they were “not able to apply this promotion to your purchase”.
Mark Cook, email