COAL: 2002 Toyota Land Cruiser 90 3.0 D-4D – Tough Stuff


In February 2002 I took delivery of my new Toyota Land Cruiser 90 3.0 D-4D at the dealership nearby. After more than 14 years of ownership, having never had a car that long before, I thought it was about time to write it up and show it here as my only Car Of A Lifetime.

The Land Cruiser 90-series was introduced in 1996. It replaced the (light-duty) Land Cruiser 70-series. After the 90-series came the 120-series and the current generation is called the 150-series. This whole series of Toyota Land Cruisers is known as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado in other parts of the world, and is the basis for the North American 4Runner and Lexus GX.


Body on frame, independent front suspension, solid rear axle, coil springs all around. Full time 4WD. Towing capacity 3,500 kg (7,700 lbs). Tire size 265/70R16 (Dunlop on my car).


Yes, it’s tall. But it’s not big. Length 433 cm (170.5 in), width 182 cm (71.7 in); that’s actually a bit smaller than a Ford Focus hatchback. I’ve got the short-wheelbase 3-door version, there was also a long-wheelbase 5-door version.


This is Toyota language for a diesel engine with common rail injection.


Toyota’s KD engine series was introduced in 2000. Above the 1KD-FTV engine, a common rail injected 4-cylinder diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler.

A 178 hp 3.4 liter V6 24v gasoline engine was also available. But seriously, in my part of the world this kind of vehicles has a diesel engine under its hood, and nothing else.


The left side of the DOHC 16v engine; displacement 2,982 cc. Routine maintenance every 15,000 km. New T-belt every 150,000 km.


The right side of the engine compartment. Power output: 163 hp at 3,400 rpm. Maximum torque output: 343 Nm (253 ft-lb) from 1,600 to 3,200 rpm. For the record: the turbocharger, glow plugs and injectors didn’t collapse right after warranty ended. All still are factory original and untouched, after more than 14 years and 300,000+ km.


The intercooler on top of the engine.


Behind the grille, on the left and on the right, are the air intakes for the intercooler.


This is how the air flows after inhalation. Some other Toyota models, like the RAV4 and HiLux, have a hood scoop.


Let there be no mistake at the filling station. The fuel tank capacity is 90 liters (23.8 US gallons); the average fuel consumption I get from my car is around 9L/100 km (26 US MPG).


There are a few house rules to obey when you enter this cab: no littering, no smoking, no eating and no drinking.  I hate it when my car interior looks and smells like a post-apocalyptic wasteland, regardless the car’s age.


I ordered my Land Cruiser with the Executive package. A part of it is a splendid imitation of fake wood on various places. The transmission is a 5 speed manual, type R150F.


Transfer gear shifting instructions and some other info on the left sun visor.


I just can’t live without the very latest gadgets in my set of wheels.


Retractable cup holder. Never used, see no drinking house rule above.


The engine is running at idle speed.


Big cargo door, with its own washer fluid reservoir.


I’ve got the van version, which is very common in the Netherlands (because of lower taxes, presumably. ED). No rear seats, a flat floor and blinded rear side windows. The van conversion is an aftermarket Dutch job.


This vehicle will soldier on for many more years to come. As long as it doesn’t get involved in a major accident, that is.


Most likely it will end up in the Middle East or Africa; someday, somehow…