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Old 03-16-10, 10:07 AM
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^^^ taking them to Sesame Street

where was that toyota commercial where the GF dropped the BF's truck off the cliff and it still ran???
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Old 03-16-10, 11:07 AM
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Need to define the term "last longer." Are we just talking about starting and driving? Or are we talking about every feature/function still 100% operational? Can't have the LS lose the comparison if a power window motor dies or the ABS pump goes out whereas the Toyota might not have either of these.

I seriously think the LS was OVER engineered. When this car was designed and built, it's like they spared no expense getting it right. That really can't be said about ANY car today IMHO. It's all about cutting corners and reducing cost now. Some cars that are in the six figure range are the exception, but for people like me they might as well not exist.

As long as it isn't abused I think the LS would last longer than the Toyota truck.

One other note - whenever I see a Toyota truck of that era on the road - it's pretty rusted out. It might run, but it doesn't look pretty. When I see an LS of that era, it usually looks pretty darn good from the outside.
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Old 03-16-10, 11:34 AM
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Well if you define 'last' as 'remain drivable without dropping a boat load of cash to keep it that way' then there's no question the truck will leave you far better off. It's possible the truck's engine might not be as bullet-proof as the LS' but the fact is if it gives up on you, you can probably spend as much money as it would take to fix the LS's gauge cluster to get a whole new engine.

I guess frame rot would spell the end for the truck but I don't think that was an issue with those trucks, was it?
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the truck with the LS's 1uz engine will be unstoppable lol.

that LS cluster fix is <$5 bucks in parts lol....
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Old 03-16-10, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Och View Post
The truck. Not even close.
Agreed, under same conditions/maintenance for both.
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Old 03-16-10, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by LiCelsior View Post
that LS cluster fix is <$5 bucks in parts lol....

I guess if you know how to fix it (read these forums) but if you take it to a dealer they'll probably want to just replace the entire thing.

It was just an example... really there are just a ton of parts in Lexus vehicles that cost way more than people would expect. I remember wanting to replace the wood trim around the shifter on my 99 GS400 and finding out it was something like $450 for just a flimsy 6 oz trim piece.
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Originally Posted by bitkahuna View Post
i agree. more rugged. less shat to break.
yep Truck....less electronic crap to break

Originally Posted by MadMax96 View Post
One other note - whenever I see a Toyota truck of that era on the road - it's pretty rusted out. It might run, but it doesn't look pretty. When I see an LS of that era, it usually looks pretty darn good from the outside.
true!

but if you're going for a dependable vehicle, I bet the truck has half as many parts to fail
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Old 03-16-10, 12:29 PM
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Contrary to what many believe, the LS400 is not very reliable. Its got a number of design flaws and a ton of common issues that are very costly to repair. The truck on the other hand is rugged and basic, easy to repair, and parts are cheaper.
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Keeps going and going, like energizer bunny

bwahahahaha ROFL
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I agree, less electronic stuff, less things will fall apart.

Hands down, the truck. My mom's 1991 SR5 V6 4x2 extracab is problem free.

the ls400 was subject to a cruise control and brake light recall the very first year they were introduced.

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22R is a legendary motor for Toyota. The 1UZ-FE in the LS is legendary as well. Both are bulletproof motors that last a long time.
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Thread needs a poll

But I vote the LS
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If the truck in question is 1989 4x4, 4 cylinder 22R-E with 5 speed tranny, I'll take the truck all day long. I see them on Autotrader for around $4-$6k with high miles. You can drive it for years and sale it for a little less than you're paid.
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Originally Posted by VVT-i View Post
If the truck in question is 1989 4x4, 4 cylinder 22R-E with 5 speed tranny, I'll take the truck all day long. I see them on Autotrader for around $4-$6k with high miles. You can drive it for years and sale it for a little less than you're paid.
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