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For Sale: 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ in Middletown, Connecticut

$5,800 (OBO)  

Vehicle Description

1997 Toyota Landcruiser, FZJ80

This is a three owner vehicle. The first owner purchased her in Annapolis, MD and used to tow his boat with the truck and often backed the truck into the salt water (you know where this is going...), he owned the truck for roughly 100,000 miles and until 2003 when he traded the truck in. It went to a dealer here in CT and was sold to the 2nd owner. He put roughly 75K miles on her as his work truck, using it to haul a trailer, wood, tools, etc. and then one snowy day, his wife pulled into their driveway, the truck slid on some ice and started down into their back yard. Despite it not being much of an incline, she bailed, jumped out and let the TLC roll slowly down the hill and into a small group of trees. Upon his return home, several hours later, he found the truck sitting, idling in the trees. With a few scratches and small dents and a fender flare torn off, he brought it to a friend who had a body shop. They gave him $6000 to fix the truck. He took the money and decided to sell it instead and gave me a call (he and I used to work together) and asked if I'd be interested. I bought it site unseen knowing that he always serviced the truck regularly and I was looking for a light four wheeling rig and something to tow my hardcore off road truck. That was in 2007, I have owned the Landcruiser for 14 years.

There was a big dent in the door and the bumper was bent down and the flare was torn off. I fixed all those and drove it almost daily as my business truck until the last few years where she's only seen about 500 miles a year as my wife's winter vehicle.

She currently has 289,490 miles. I performed all my own service and oil and filter were changed every 5000 miles, running Mobil 1 synthetics. She starts and runs great, very smooth and always gets 10 miles to the gallon, whether I'm on the highway or on back roads.

The interior is all leather and in pretty good shape. The front seats are worn and could use to be recovered. The rear seats and the jump seats could get away with some Leatherique/ColorPlus dye and softener. The carpets are stained but in pretty good shape. Originally equipped with 8 way power seats; power windows; power, 4 wheel ABS, disc brakes; power sun roof; jump seats; 8 speaker stereo, with CD player; rear seat heat/AC; dual electronic lockers; tilt wheel; power mirrors; etc.

The seats still work in 7 directions but don't adjust backwards anymore; the AC needs a charge and may have a slow leak; the sun roof no longer opens; the ABS light goes on because the front enclosed CV/U joints leak a bit and have goo'ed up the sensors (I have kept them full); the power antenna doesn't work either; lastly, I replaced both axle assemblies due to rust from being backed into the Atlantic ocean and Chesapeake Bay and the rear axle no longer has it's diff lock (the front axle still does have the locker).

It also has some rust through on the tailgate and other rear sections of the body, (those were patched, the entire roof and rockers were coated in bedliner and the frame coated in New Hampshire Coatings rust proofing) and the tow hitch and rear cross-member are rotted pretty well. The exhaust system was replaced 3 years ago and has totally rotted off again despite only being driven maybe 1500 miles in those three years, she will need 2 cats and an entire cat back exhaust...

When the axles were replaced 4 years ago, I put new Mastercraft ATX All Terrain tires on her (285/75/R16), did all the brakes (new calipers, rotors and lines) and replaced the shocks. I have some extra parts to go along with her too, service parts and a set of front axle shafts.

This truck is for someone who has some technical abilities and the time to help her out with the small issues and possibly even with the big ones.

The Dark Emerald Pearl paint still looks good even with the various dents and scratches and she runs and drives very nicely (aside from the obnoxious exhaust note). The values on these have skyrocketed of late, especially for low mileage, pristine examples. She is not either of those but I'm not asking $35,000 for her either.

$5800 will bring her home to a new garage.

Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for the interest.

Vehicle Details

  • 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ
  • Listing ID:CC-1484302
  • Price:$5,800 (OBO)
  • Location:Middletown, Connecticut
  • Year:1997
  • Make:Toyota
  • Model:Land Cruiser FJ
  • Exterior Color:Emerald Green Pearl
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:Inline 6
  • Odometer:289490
  • Trim Level:FZJ80
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Sunroof:Yes
  • Restoration History:Unrestored
  • Exterior Condition:Good
  • Seat Material:Leather
  • CD Player:Yes
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Tinted Windows:Yes
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Cruise Control:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Power Locks:Yes
  • Power Windows:Yes
  • Power Seats:Yes
  • Tilt Wheel:Yes
  • Fuel Injection:Yes
  • Electronic Ignition:Yes
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Full-time 4WD
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