I would go the;
Prado if you are good with tools because it will be a high mileage one BUT it's a proper 4x4, long range fuel tank standard unless you opt for the rear tyres under the chassis
Kluger at $20k you should be getting XU40, Gen 2 (face lift model) and KX-S trim, you don't really need Grande, if you thinking about light fire trail and gravel tracks then get the AWD, it's also the ONLY generation with permanent AWD not the crappy fake on demand AWD. But on the other hand it loves a drink in suburban traffic
Rav4 if after a low mileage and smaller vehicle for suburban driving
Both Kluger and Rav4 are really a soft roader and can't do anything outside a fire trail or gravel road.
Thanks for your reply and sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, been feeling pretty crappy, turns out I had something called Covid, you might have heard of it??
I looked up that part you signposted, it wasn't the right one but it led me to look at one that was for LN60, which is closer but still not quite the same. Looks like I might be trying to cast it myself!!! LOL, that should be fun.
Thanks though buddy.
And rightly so. Congratulations Craig. Your perseverance has paid off and this will no doubt pave the way for others to follow.
Good thing with NCAT/QCAT etc, is that there is NO Appeal ! Decisions are final.
When will the work begin you think ?? Have you any particular shop in mind or will Toyota be handling the process ?
Toyota should've just done the honourable thing and fess up and own the issue from the start instead of having the affected people go through all the stress and energy to fight them on this.
You should post up some photos ( if you already haven't) of the current state of your vehicle and then a follow up set when it's all done. It would be nice to see the car in it's new skin.
Haha, nice video ash. I've watched a few of his videos in recent times. He certainly knows his way around engines and knowledgeable too.
It looks like it got the upgraded water pump, but it was too late by then lol... Bonus for him too as he can keep it for his car, as he stated 😁
I don't think he likes his wife all that much either, cos in all his videos, he always references using his "wife's" dresses for mopping up the oil mess 😆
The owner of that engine drove it to death while the pump was leaking, slowly losing coolant over time elevating the engine temperature. Such a shame because the the top end was practically mint.
You can see how the sludge started forming in the sump and around the skirts of the pistons as a result of the coolant mixing into the oil, burning off, and finding its way into the lower sections. Higher than normal operating temperature over time warping the block creating seepage.
It's a shame it took Toyota this long to provide an upgraded water pump. I wonder how many other 2GR's grenaded due to the rubbish water pumps before this.
Nevertheless, He's pretty impressed by how well built and strong the 2GR-FE is, but they do have their vulnerabilities with the complex lubricating system, which is why you need to keep on top of the maintenance, especially the regular oil changes !
6 bolt mains too !! 💪
This YouTube video about the tear down of the 2GR-FE engine appeared in my viewing list. Presumably, the water pump failed or there was a significant coolant leak and the owner continued driving. The engine overheated resulting in blown head gaskets. Surprising how clean the valve covers and timing gear is but still sludge is present in the piston rings and other engine internals.
Have joined up here seeking your advice.
My dear beloved 68 years crazy young, is seeking to replace her tired Subaru Outback, on our short list is Rav 4. Looking for the following,
South Aus rego, Sat nav, auto, Budget $23000 are we dreaming? living in country prefer a lighter colour, greys are very hard to see.