We came across this 2003 Black Garnet Pearl over Grey Leather Land Cruiser here on Craigslist in Port Jefferson, New York. The Kelly Blue Book Online Valuation Tool lists the maximum Private Party value at $11,256, so we feel there is room for negotiation with the private seller on his vehicle, especially when he just updated his ad after reposting nearly one month ago.
Toyota introduced the J100 series Land Cruiser in early 1998 to replace the eight year old J80 series. Three significant improvements in the 100 series include the introduction of a V8 engine mounted over an independent front suspension (both firsts for Land Cruiser) combined with rack-and-pinion steering. If the J100 looks familiar, this series formed the basis for the popular Lexus LX470 version. The example presented here is the much improved 2003 version which gave the Land Cruiser a more modern look and upgraded interior appointments.
The knowledgeable seller presents his 2003 J100 nicely detailed and from the nice pictures appears to be very straight. We love the Black Garnet Pearl color as a shade like this is a rare sight on Land Cruisers.
The Grey Leather interior presents well for its age. We also like that this Land Cruiser does not appear modified with any aftermarket electronic equipment. We also prefer that these J100 models still relied on a separate shifter for the transfer case.
The private seller provides a shot of the odometer that shows just under 150K miles, which is just a warm up for these tough over-roaders. We love these versions still feature a two piece tail-gate and hatch. The seller also notes the fresh set of Cooper Discoverer R/T tires installed.
The durable 4.7 liter V8 is also nicely detailed. The seller also includes a recent receipt of all the things replaced at the last service to make this Land Cruiser, in his word, “100% turn key – needs nothing”
The seller also provides several shots of the solid undercarriage, which only serve to highlight how durable Toyota builds these vehicles. The surface rust is minor, however we’d spend a Saturday using a product like POR-15 to coat all of it to prevent any future decay.
Overall, this Land Cruiser appears to be a nicely maintained example in a rare color combination that is ready to take you anywhere you point it. It also makes a great platform to build a unique overlanding vehicle with. Good luck with the sale!