Luxurious Landcruiser: 2000 Lexus LX470 52K Mile Two Owner – SOLD!

by | Apr 2021 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

April 26, 2021 Update – With only 52K original miles and two owners, we’re not surprised to see this Lexus LX470 find a new home so quickly.  We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Seasoned Overlanding Enthusiasts are quickly learning the harsh reality of using any Jeep vehicle as their weapon of choice: while they are very capable off-road, they are not very comfortable once you return to a paved trail.  So it’s not surprising to see a growing following hunt for Lexus LX470 SUVs such as this 2000 example currently originally listed in April 2021 on Craigslist in Old Bridge, New Jersey with only 52,000 original miles and an asking price of $18,999. Essentially a tarted-up version of Toyota’s virtually indestructible Land Cruiser, that kind of mileage is just a warm-up for these vehicles.  Not yet on Hagerty Insurance’s radar, a check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his LX470 priced within the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $5,328, $9,502, and $11,970, respectively. We note that the son-in-law of the owners who posted their vehicle on their behalf provides several Bring A Trailer results illustrating how nuts bidding is for low mileage examples such as this example.

Shortly after the Lexus brand launched in the mid-1990s, Toyota realized they could capitalize on the growing luxury SUV market by offering a brand-engineered version of their capable Land Cruiser.  Rapidly developed in the mid-1990s as a result of threatening US trade sanctions on Japanese luxury cars, the first generation LX 450, little more than a badge-engineered Land Cruiser, started production in November 1995 and was released to the US in January 1996 as a 1996 model.  At that point, Lexus engineers began work on a  second-generation variant better differentiated from the Land Cruiser that debuted in December 1997 as the second generation LX 470 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  This new second-generation version shared the floor plan and most body panels with the equivalent Land Cruiser, yet differed in its front appearance and had a more luxurious interior. Exterior design differences included a quad-headlamp forward fascia with a larger grille and different wheels. It was powered by an LEV-certified 4.7-liter V8 engine producing 268 horsepower and 328 foot-pounds of torque. It was rated to tow 6,500 pounds when equipped with the optional tow package.

While the front gained independent suspension, the optional electronic locking front and rear differentials of the previous generation were dropped. Suspension included Adjustable Height Control (AHC) hydraulic suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The AHC could raise the vehicle for off-roading and return to a normal driving height reducing the center of gravity and wind resistance. The lowest setting for when the vehicle was stopped allowed for easier entry, exit, and loading. AVS alters shock absorber firmness in under 2.5 milliseconds at each wheel, individually selecting from a range of 64 settings depending on road conditions and driver input such as steering-wheel activity, braking, and acceleration. The AVS system used a switch for the driver’s preferences including “normal”, “comfort” and “sport” modes.  Unfortunately, this system proved to be the LX470’s Achilles Heel long term and consequently, a popular and relatively easy conversion is to replace the air ride with a conventional set up from a Toyota Land Cruiser.

Here’s a video review of the LX470 by a seasoned Overlander:

On the rare occasions we come across an LX470 of this vintage, they are typically in excess of 250,000 miles already.  This 52K mile, two-owner example is the holy grail for overland enthusiasts to pick up and enjoy as this LX470 is barely broken in.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“NO DEALERS! NO LOW BALL

READ INFO PRIOR TO EMAILING.

Asking $18,999 slightly negotiable

Selling this vehicle for my In Laws.

See listing on ebay Item no. 313470242463

Vehicle history is on the listing.

Ultra Low 52k miles!! Driven mostly to

Church and Supermarket. Zero Oil leaks or

any sort of leaks.

2000 Lexus LX470

ultra low 52k original miles, one of the lowest

mileage on an LX470. 2 owner , zero

accident, all original CLEAN NY TITLE ,

CARFAX VERIFIED.

Brand New oil change ( only synthetic )

Brand New Battery

I have an extra set of wheels and tires in

excellent condition.

All fluids had been checked, no leaks.

Everything works great.

Paint can pass as green or gray.

“Riverock green Mica”

All original Paint, exterior and interior In

very good condition. Few bumper scuffs.

Working Adjustable comfort-sport

high/low air suspension. Runs and drives

excellent, comes with 2 sets of keys, remote

start, manuals, Dealer receipt and window

sticker. ( Rare )

Undercarriage has normal surface rust. Its a

21 year old Vehicle!

See last pics for comparisons prices of low

mileage Toyota Land cruiser/ LX470 truck.

Email with interest and phone no.

SERIOUS BUYERS WITH FUNDS.”

Overland or Just Around Town: what would you do with this low-mileage, one-owner LX470 ?  Comment below and let us know!

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