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Excursion or Land Cruiser

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So I'm rig shopping... The truck will be driven quite a bit by wife but will also be my toy when I'm not driving the 2 seat toy

I'm Looking for something with good space, reliable, not so common, decent off-road, good height and makes me feel like I'm actually in a truck rather than a crossover.

Always liked the 80 series Land Cruiser (1991-1997) including the LX450. They are a bit hard to find but the look great, run forever and are unstoppable off-road. HOWEVER... I just drove my neighbors 03 Excursion diesel (Not sure which one) and wondering if I should be considering them. Surely not as capable off-road but its got me thinking...

Lets see:

1. Its somewhat rare (albeit not as rare as 80)

2. Live axles front and rear so easy to lift

3. Turbo Diesel sounds cool. And I was quite impressed by its power. I was totally expecting a dog that can't get out of its own way since its so heavy

4. The actually see 23-26mpg on highway and 15 in city

5. They look good with nice beefy wheel/tire combo

6. Tons of space. This could also be a con in terms of length

The Landcruiser forums say diesel maintenance can break the bank... Is this true? I always thought diesels are MORE reliable...

Also, how capable are these off-road? Do they have locking Diff?

Finally, I'm new to turbodiesels but when I hear turbo I think exhaust, intake and even bigger turbo = big power. Do any of you do these?
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Get the X with a 7.3....there is no question it will be a great truck, some of the 03s have the 7.3, I was on the bubble and could have went with the 6.0 but am glad I stuck with the 7.3. I have 200,000 miles of trouble free driving. Also if you want to feel like you are in a truck....well the X is a truck, a full size, solid frame real true truck. If you want your wife to be as safe as possible you want the X, 8000 lbs of unibody crushing force is priceless, she can see over traffic too which is a safety point, when I get in an auto I go crazy not knowing whats going on 10 cars up. Plus you get to become one of the family here and if there is any question about any part of this truck we can answer it. As far as just have to look everywhere, one could pop up at any time. Before you buy you need to drive it and look it over, then come here and ask about any weird things you see before you buy it. Every person who sees or rides in my X wants one, most have no idea they are not built anymore.
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