My relationship with Toyota spans 20 years, from 1994 when I wrote my second book, to 2014 when Toyota South Africa finally handed over the keys of the Land Cruiser Troop Carrier. That was in South Africa and the conclusion of that and many projects. Since that time I have had no connection or link with Toyota in any country. But I look back on it as one of the best experiences of my professional career. And it moved me from being solely interested in Land Rovers, to a life driving all kinds of 4WD. And, I have to admit, why I now drive a Toyota Land Cruiser. This is that story.


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Comments

    • Mairtin O Mhuirgeasa
      Mairtin O Mhuirgeasa

      Brilliant story Andrew. Thanks....

      about 3 days ago
    • EdiBoy the Funny Boy
      EdiBoy the Funny Boy

      amazing storyy telling

      about 24 days ago
    • piet skiet
      piet skiet

      Excellent video , the truth shall set you free , keep them car dealer on their toes !

      about 2 months ago
    • piet skiet
      piet skiet

      Traitor ! hahaaa We all grew up with Landies , loved them , but when it comes to everyday abusive usage , in areas where your vehicle is the link between life and death , and getting someone to a airstrip or hospital on time , use a Toyota!

      about 2 months ago
    • Nave4x4
      Nave4x4

      I miss my BJ73 :'(

      about 2 months ago
    • FishGears
      FishGears

      Great stories, love my lexus

      about 2 months ago
    • Antonio Oliveira
      Antonio Oliveira

      I absolutely adore this kind of videos. Proper experienced people sharing experiences and knowledge. Congratulations on Your work.

      about 3 months ago
    • doitoutdoors
      doitoutdoors

      You have such an uncanny and entertaining way of telling a story Andrew.
      Soooo riveting, I felt like I was in that dealerships workshop helping you find the problem.
      Cudos to Guin for bringing your tools along.
      Cheers from NSW mate...

      about 3 months ago
    • True Blue Touring
      True Blue Touring

      I can relate to the Petrol 105 economy, mine was written off, and I had a week to burn half a tank of fuel, so being a teenager at the time, thought caning it would use it up. WRONG! Better fuel economy than towing 2 motorbikes up the freeway at 90km/h.

      Now own a Diesel 105 and love it!

      about 3 months ago
    • Jason Turner
      Jason Turner

      Another tale well told, Andrew. You would be great craic around a campfire.

      about 3 months ago
    • Paulo Marcondes
      Paulo Marcondes

      I never had a Toyota, but it was synonimous with offroading here in Brazil. We still have many old 25s and 40s running around, and them seem to never go down in price. Last year they were manufactured was 1991, maybe something in 1994. I so wish the 70 series was available here.

      about 4 months ago
    • harry walker
      harry walker

      you could even get a cummins in a ford 4x4.or camper special,from the factory,buy & drive,job done..GO TOYOTA.

      about 4 months ago
    • harry walker
      harry walker

      its toyota,there crap,why dont you go back to s.africa,get yourself an excursion,fit it out,job done,my f250 weighs 4t,& gets 12 lt 100,.GO TOYOTA.

      about 4 months ago
    • harry walker
      harry walker

      if you bought a 1976 f100 4x4,you could of had a 345 turbo diesel,or a 1985 f100 4x4,you could of had a 6.9 idi diesel,or a 1997 f250,a 4.2tdi..toyotas are gutless motors.over priced under powered.cramped,.

      about 4 months ago
    • harry walker
      harry walker

      &&&,cant turbo a non turbo toyota,engine/box explode,.buy a new 79 series,spend 10k on fitting new rear diff.,on & on & on.

      about 4 months ago
    • harry walker
      harry walker

      1982,mmmm,bought an f100 4x4,never looked back.reliable,big,cheap,heaps of upgrades/choices.built strong,will stand 400 hp.unlike toyota,allways have to get the next model,another 30k upgrade.

      about 4 months ago
    • RedHawk
      RedHawk

      What year is your land cruiser?

      about 4 months ago
    • Nicolas Lorenzo
      Nicolas Lorenzo

      You remind me of my grandfather. Great story teller. Can't believe I watched this ENTIRE video. Love ur channel sir

      about 4 months ago
    • Gerben Van Duyl
      Gerben Van Duyl

      I have owned a 1997 Landcruiser and a 2014 Hilux, drove both hard off-road. I have driven long off road trips in the USA, Africa, Asia, Aus. Because of the Toyota DPF problems, I now have a 2018 Mazda BT50 3.2TD 6-sp auto gearbox, we just did the AAA and the French Line through the Simpson, started at 780km on the ODO :). The Mazda wipes the floor with the LC and the Lux, the auto gearbox is AMAZING, makes huge dunes into child's play, wonderful comfort, huge grunty torque. Wash and she is a daily driver again.

      about 4 months ago
    • Lee Wescott
      Lee Wescott

      It’s a shame we don’t get the 79 series land cruiser in the UK as the land Rover defender is not available anymore

      about 4 months ago
    • Mic Rib
      Mic Rib

      Bilbo has many tales to tell, and they are excellent informative moral tales. When did he find the Cokes in the Misty Mountains?, and how are those Cokes used to get out of overlanding mishaps?

      about 4 months ago
    • J W
      J W

      Toyota, pls send the 76/79 diesel to Canada, I will buy one of each.

      about 4 months ago
    • Levi M
      Levi M

      Mine first was the Toyoda Landcruiser 40 Series.

      about 4 months ago
    • Mp57navy
      Mp57navy

      The fuel consumption of the 105 makes perfect sense. My '97 Cruiser (1KZ-T engine with an Intercooler added in front of the radiator and a chiptune)
      drinks 18 liters on 100km below 95 km/h, and 11-13 above it.
      I have to be in Overdrive and keep the revs below 2000 to achieve that.

      about 5 months ago
    • Matt Barnes
      Matt Barnes

      I went the other way Andrew, I started in a Suzuki Sierra, in 1982, then a hilux, followed by another Suzuki, then a jeep Renegade and discovered land Rovers. I currently have 2 defenders, a 1984 110 truck cab and a 2003 defender 90 TD5. Great listening to your talk.

      about 5 months ago
    • Maximús Murúa
      Maximús Murúa

      Love your stories thank you!

      about 5 months ago
    • Matthew Shambler
      Matthew Shambler

      Fantastic story, thank you for sharing. As far as your fuel consumption to George and back, my 2 cents worth having had a similar situation with a modified Volkswagen- cruising at 140km/h and above, you are in a rev range where the engine can make use of the flowed head, modified camshaft profile etc. and actually “breathe”. The increased power and subsequent improved efficiency require less throttle to do the same amount of “work”.

      about 5 months ago
    • James Douglas
      James Douglas

      You sir are a living legend please keep doing what you do best and I mean the best
      Owner of 2 100 series Toyota landcruisers

      about 5 months ago
    • Mark Alexander
      Mark Alexander

      I’ve just watched one of your plug my own chain videos, and hope it’s the last, and seriously... what a pommy wanker! You talk like your the guru to all the 4x4 idea features, yet your merely a asker not a doer, and there’s plenty of companies out there that have created better. Hope your living in Africa enjoying the lions !

      about 5 months ago
    • MJ
      MJ

      Not long enough

      about 5 months ago