"I've been a Land Cruiser fan since a teenager and the LX 470 is about 95% Land Cruiser. I previously owned an LX 450 but sold it to a gentleman that flew down from Canada to buy it. He loves it (we stay in touch). The 470 doesn't have the rugged good looks of the 450 but is handsome in its own right. Much more comfortable and powerful and better in some offroad conditions such as ice and snow due to the more advanced 4wd system and anti-lock brakes. The 470 has taken me through all conditions including icy and snowy roads, muddy dirt trails, heavy rain, and rocky trails that would ruin any "cute ute." Living in Arizona I'm not afraid to take this beast on the trails given its abilities: Body on frame construction? Check. Locking center differential? Check. Skid plates? Check. Good approach, departure, and break over angles? Check. Solid rear axle? Check. Advanced 4wd system with low range gearing? Check. It's all there plus a trick adjustable suspension. Easily the best blend of ability, reliability, and comfort in the SUV world."
"Bought the car new. very good family car, very comfortable, quite. hydraulic suspensions help a lot driving on the freeway compare to land cruiser (toyota version)
Took trip around California, very capable vehicle. Mostly driven in the city.
Would buy 2001 model or later, due to 5 speed auto trans.
Dealers are not good maintaining the car, tried several Lexus dealers during 11 years period, mostly charged a lot of $$$, but does not consistantly deliver.
Looking at 2003 Land Cruiser ($$$$ - toyota version now comes with hydraulic suspension)"
"2004 model bought new and just hit 150K miles. Have only had to replace tires and brakes. Have towed boats and trailers, been off-road hunting, on the sand of the Outer Banks fishing, in the mountain snow, crossed streams with water part way up the door, and driven to black tie events in town. Looking forward to another 100K+ miles....."
"Most relaible car I've ever owned. I have had no major problems with this 160,000 mile vehicle. Yes it may not get the best milegage in this day and age but what you save on the lack of maintenance and peace of mond is more than worth it. Highly recommend."
"Bought it used in September 2007 from a previous owner. This SUV in my opinion is truly a great dependable and comfortable SUV. I have never had any problem with it so far. Wish the third row seat fall flat into floor."
"A true luxury SUV. I love my 2006 LX-470. We have 2 kids and the vehicle offers plenty of room on trips to the mountains. Very smooth riding on and off road. Plenty of torque. Quite comfortable on long trips. No cons in my point of view. After owning Jeeps (Wrangler, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee) I can truly appreciate the off-road abilities of this vehicle while still offering the comforts of Lexus and reliability of a Toyota. GREAT vehicle!!!"
"We bought the 1999 LX after driving the 1997 LX450 for 3 years. After 10 years of abuse from the elements in the Adirondacks, this thing has never quit. Sure, it might have a few dings on it from its off-road adventures, but the engine still sounds as good as the day it rolled off the assembly line. The only vehicle to surpass this in quality is the new LX570. Even so, I don't think we'll ever get rid of this one. It's been too good of a vehicle to toss in the scrap heap. Maybe we'll see how much further we can get past 240,000 miles. If you're thinking about buying one of these, go ahead and pull the trigger. You won't be disappointed."
Pros: "quiet, smooth ride, reliable, long ownership"
Cons: "stereo speakers, fuel econ, $ to repair"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I'm tempted at my mileage and have been at dealerships testing BMW X6,
lexus Rx, Audi Q7.... I cannot love this car more after getting back in it and
appreciating its loyalty, ride, comfort, and drivability for our family everyday. It is by far a car to love, appreciate and return loyalty to. I know that sounds emotional but this is just one of the best cars on the road.
If you have the chance to own a lx470 take it... even if it is high mileage. It will not disappoint. Proper maintenance will reward you and owner video's for the small things are ample. Owners take pride in having a 2004 car that looks and drives brand new. There are several in my neighborhood and we all love em and would only purchase another. Not sure about the 570...I would only purchase certain Lx470's research the years and the differences. I'm a 2003/4 fan. Off road it can't be beat, sand, mud, mountains, family trips, freeway. Always fill the seats with 3 rowdy teens/friends and interior has been a champ at staying beautiful.
The gas tank needs filling for sure in exchange it provides peace of mind that you are in a protective tank, especially with new drivers."