Originally Posted by Fet600
And no, I have no intention of buying a Landcruiser.
You've committed the first cardinal sin, right there ^
I've had a couple of FL1's and they are more capable than people give them credit for, sure they are not a Disco, or a Defender, and never try to be so they are no mud plugger. But in the 'soft roader' catagory they are very well equiped to deal with life.
Mine would quite happily pull a 3/4 ton boat out of a soft estuary, up and incline and would be very happy on the Byways (where ground clearance wasn't a problem) and highways. Neither (the Mk1 or facelift model) gave me any problems although the early ones are better suited to a bit of rough treatment (IMHO) having more exposed plastic, the facelift had painted panels.
Obviously stick to the TD4, and give a wide berth to the K series, and make sure some divvy hasn't converted it to 2WD.....
(We did once recover a Shogun that had got itself stuck on the beach with a flowing tide, I think it was more driver error than capability - but I can't mention it here or I'll upset the purists)
I have to say though, the little FL1 is a bit short on space for a overlander - but it depends how much space you need!
I too would like to hear from anyone who's taken one of these out of it's comfort zone, and how it performed