Interior Color: Black
Model: Land Cruiser
Number of Cylinders: 6
Drive Type: 4WD
Exterior Color: Blue
Block Island, Rhode Island, United States
|Bought this truck a year ago but never drive it - maybe have driven 1,000 miles. I had anticipated keeping this truck for the longhaul , but need room in my garage. Automotive Appraisals & Pre-Buy Inspections LLC UBI# 602991237 6392 Polaris CT West Richland, WA 99352 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 VIN# FJ40274852 Appraisal requested by Scott Fleming Owner is Hal Young Feb 24, 2011 This Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 is a brand new completed mint restoration. The work has been completed in a professional Land Cruiser restoration shop. This vehicle is built to better than OE standard, but to OE specification. There are only test and tune miles on this truck, I could not find a single imperfection or blemish. On the typical car show judging scale of best being 100 never driven, trailered only, I would give this truck a strong 97-98. Miles show 46,244 which I believe to be original. The mileage is noted exempt due to age and WA title requirements, but from the pristine nature of this vehicle prior to restoration, I believe the odometer is correct. Every mechanical component of this vehicle is new or refurbished. Most of the new parts are OE Toyota, aftermarket parts only used when OE were not available. This is a true frame-off nut and bolt restoration. Every nut and bolt are new stainless. Toyota FJ40ís came with a crude single stage paint from the factory. This FJ40 has a perfect base coat clear coat paint with 6 coats base, each coat wet sanded, and 4 coats of clear, each coat wet sanded. This is the type of paint job you would typically see in a show perfect classic muscle car. The undercarriage is coated with POR-15. The paint and rust prevention given to this truck exceeds factory specs, and will ensure this vehicle remains rust free for many years to come. Overall, this restoration is the finest Iíve seen on a 4x4 truck, it is absolutely spectacular. I would rate this FJ40 in the top 1% known in the world. I estimate this FJ40 to have an actual cash value of $50,000-60,000 in the present market. Replacement value of a ground up rebuild would be in the $90,000-100,000 range. My opinion for this range relies on research with Vintage Off Road, TLC, and ICON whom are the known authority for these vehicles as well as recent eBay sold auctions. I based this value on the three restoration shops listed above from their posted vehicles for sale on their websites, as well as their listed costs for restoration work.|
According to those all-too-nebulous "people familiar with the matter," Toyota is close to a settlement with the US federal government to end a criminal probe over its long-running unintended acceleration fiasco. Though Toyota has never admitted guilt, the deal could reportedly crest a billion dollars and would likely include a criminal deferred prosecution agreement, and while we're not legal experts, The Wall Street Journal explains that such a deal would "[force Toyota] to accept responsibility while avoiding the potentially crippling consequences of federal criminal convictions."
The report from WSJ also suggests that Toyota is facing charges that it "made false or incomplete disclosures" to various government agencies regarding possible defects to its cars. Such charges may include mail and wire fraud violations. Toyota has already paid out fines totaling $66.2 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because it failed to report safety defects in a timely manner.
This deal with the federal government is not related to the billion-dollar class-action settlement reached with Toyota owners over falling vehicle values, and it's also different from the roughly 400 lawsuits still in courts alleging personal injury of wrongful death due to cases of unintended acceleration. In other words, don't expect to hear the end of such courtroom verdicts and settlements anytime soon...
The Lexus RX shares much with the Toyota Highlander, but its more direct counterpart is the Toyota Harrrier. Never heard of it? That's because Toyota only sells it at home in Japan, and now it's revealed a new one. So if the Harrier is essentially a Toyota-badged version of the RX, then what's the big deal, you ask? The big deal is that the new Harrier which leaked in July, set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and which you see here isn't quite the same as the Lexus, and those differences could (and in most cases likely will) make their way over to the RX as well.
For starters, the styling is different. Granted that the Lexus version will almost certainly get a spindle-shaped grille, but even so, the Harrier's nose seems to protrude further than the RX's and the headlamps are a notably different shape. The greenhouse is also a different shape, coming to a sharper point at the back, and the mirrors are fixed to the A-pillar not to the door panel. The taillamps are revised, the tailgate has a new profile and there's a pseudo-diffuser at the bottom of the rear bumper. Subtle changes, to be sure, but then Toyota and Lexus are known for their evolutionary approach to styling. The interior has apparently undergone some updates as well, with a more dynamically styled dashboard, a more symmetrical center stack and different seats, steering wheel, door panels... the works. The infotainment display screen has also moved further down from its position in the current RX.
Toyota will offer the new Harrier with a 2.0-liter four mated to a CVT and driving either the front wheels or all four, and a hybrid setup with a 2.5-liter married to a 140-hp electric motor. The RX is offered here with a 3.5-liter V6 either on its own or with an electric assist. We wouldn't expect Lexus to go swapping the larger engines for the smaller ones, at least not for the US market. There's plenty more to the Harrier, of course, than the similarities and differences to the Lexus RX, and if you're buying a premium crossover in Japan, you can delve into the full details in the press release below, together with the images in the gallery above.
We now have pricing for Toyota's redesigned 2014 Highlander, which is seeing moderate price hikes across the board. Prices for the popular crossover have been bumped from less than 1 percent to less than 3 percent on lower-end models (anywhere from $125 to $890, depending on trim). Toyota has increased prices on higher-end XLE and Limited models more substantially - between 4.1 and 4.5 percent ($1,480 to $1,700). The Highlander Hybrid sees its price increase 2 percent ($930). The new model will be available in four different trims and with either front or all-wheel drive.
The absolute cheapest member of the Highlander range, the base LE, with a four-cylinder and front-wheel drive starts at $30,075, an increase of just $195. The LE is also available with a V6 and all-wheel drive, with the bigger engine upping the price to $31,380. All-wheel drive models start at $32,840. A slightly pricier LE Plus starts at $33,600 for a V6 FWD model and $35,060 if you add all-wheel drive.
Next up, we have the XLE, which starts at $36,900 for FWD models and moves up to $38,360 for AWD. The top-tier Limited model starts at $40,500 in FWD spec, grips-at-all-fours versions will retail for $41,960. For those that want the very top of the Highlander range, there's the Platinum Pack, which adds the Driver's Tech Pack (adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning, lane departure warning and automatic high beams), a panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats to the already well-equipped Limited model. Highlander Platinums start at $42,990 and $44,450, depending on how many tires are doing the work. (Note: All prices include an $860 destination and handling charge.)