You can always send a sample of oil to blackstone and they can analyze it for you. The 2uzj in the 100 is vey easy oil.
Sorry for taking this OT a bit, but it's important stuff...I talked about this very question with the service manager last time I was at the dealer and shooting the breeze. Apparently the G500 has a good filtration system. I only have the dealer change the oil. So what ever synthetic they are putting in it I suppose that is the recommended oil. As far as the oil breaking down, I am not sure that is the case because it is the particulates and heat that break down the oil and that is what the sensor measures. I know some of the Cummins guys that will go 50K between oil changes when the FS-2500 bypass filter installed. Would I go 30K miles between changes, no. Does the G500 have an FS-2500 in place, no. But it just goes to show that proper filtration can increasing the longevity of the engine oil. I live the second driest stat in the union so and do a lot freeway driving. This definitely helps increase oil change intervals.
My Jetta TDI is the same way. Oil change intervals are 10-15K miles. I think the new 2013 Cummins is at 15K mile intervals, up from 7.5K last year.
Which year G do you have? From what I've read, fitting 35's on a 2002+ makes the traction/skid control electronics go crazy with no easy work around. The correct differential gears seemed a bit difficult to obtain on the 463's. Any insight on this?Been running 35" tires on my G with a simple 30mm spring spacer lift coming up on 40k on the odo with very frequent off-highway driving and no problems. Minor rubbing in the wheel wells on extreme articulation (for a G, anyway) and on hard right turns. Never noticed any twitchy-ness when I "embiggened" the tires or put on the lift. Tracks true, and for a refrigerator going down the highway, no different than driving previous Land Rovers I've owned (except for the G's ample power).
4D55, it seems I have struck a passionate talking point of yours
Your comparison of the G to the 80 seems honest, although I might disagree with a few of your points on the 80, it could also be my general bias towards Toyota talking.
My objective in considering the G was to find a vehicle that has the reliability, capability, and character of an 80/100 hybrid. I really believe in the 80 platform, but it is lacking in power and comfort for tall people. Unfortunately when Toyota corrected those issues in the 100, they gave up the character that was found in the 80. I do believe reliability on both of these cruiser platforms to be superb, and you'll have a hard time convincing me otherwise based on personal experience.
At the end of the day, I think the G is a vehicle worthy of my consideration, and I need to get my hands on one to really give it a hard look.
It's comical to me how your stance on the G-class is similar to how mine has always been on 80's. Having grown up in a predominantly Jeep/GM owning family, the improvement in build quality when jumping up to the Toyota was tangible. To think, as your posts imply, that there could be another order of magnitude better is exciting.When I was shopping to replace my Montero, I was dead set on getting a 100 series because of the very issues you had mentioned that existed with the 80 series cruisers. Power is lacking and space is tight for big people. When it comes to space I wasn't so concerned about myself in the 80, it was for my kids in the back seat. Other things like the lack of rear heat and AC also made it not so kid friendly. For those reasons I was dead set on getting a 100 series. So I took some test drives and I was not impressed with the 100 series because it felt more like a Sequoia than a Land Cruiser. All the rugged charm was gone. That same dealer also had a 2009 Lexus GX470 and I was more impressed with GX than I was with the 100 series i had test driven. It felt a lot more like the 80 series but with a lot more power. It was like a rocket ship. The GX still had the space issue so the dealer recommended I try the G500 because the G500 had power and off-road prowess. I had always loved the look of the G500 and I knew they were offroad monsters but I had know idea they were so affordable. After my first test drive I was hooked. I loved that it was small and nimble, but roomy. The power was definitely noticeable. At the time was awestruck with power of the G500 but the more I drive it the more I am able to notice the differences between the G500 and the 80 Series. I wish I had more input on the 100 series but I don't and don't want to mislead you. I do know the 2003 G500 has 60-70 more hp than the 2003 100 series.
I know there are lots of decisions and great rides out there. If the GX was bigger it would have been a great option for me and my family. I can see why it won 4wheeler of the year.
At heart I will always be a Toyota guy. I just sold my 2005 Duramax this week so I can get myself a Toyota Tundra. I can't stand how cheaply built the GMC truck was. At first I thought I would just live with it, but after owning it for 5 months I was sick of the cheap plastic. I haven't had any reliability issues with the 2005 Duramax, it's just a build quality thing for me. Toyota's are great vehicles but it's hard to compete with a vehicle that is as over built as the G-class.
I have read some threads on the G forums that deal with this subject. I don't remember the exact tire sizes, but you can go into the computer system and tweek the gear ratios electronically to help reduce this issue. I'll see if I can find some of the threads and link them here.Which year G do you have? From what I've read, fitting 35's on a 2002+ makes the traction/skid control electronics go crazy with no easy work around. The correct differential gears seemed a bit difficult to obtain on the 463's. Any insight on this?
I have a 2000, so I don't have the traction control electric issues. Even so, many have solved the traction/stability control issues - just have to know someone with the MB STAR system who knows which submenus to explore.Which year G do you have? From what I've read, fitting 35's on a 2002+ makes the traction/skid control electronics go crazy with no easy work around. The correct differential gears seemed a bit difficult to obtain on the 463's. Any insight on this?
If you were so inclined, you could always source the tire carrier/rear door from a Cabrio G and create your own tailgate solution...Or cut the G's rear door in half and do the same thing - I can't imagine it would be that difficult for a knowledgeable shop - only problem is relocating the spare.The rear barn door Is the biggest concern. I sit/use the 100 tailgate all the time. We always take the 100 to sporting events because of the tailgate. Also, the upper hatch keeps me dry when it's raining out.
Thoughts on door vs tailgate. Thanks for all the great g info.
Even with the TC(Transfer Case) module trickery(pointedthree forum has the link to how to do this with the Star Diagnos or Autologic computer, you're changing two drop-down settings to try to make the truck think that it's running as close to 33's as possible...I can't remember if there is a combination for 35s, mserpe from GWagen Preserve or chris505, both on clubgwagen, could tell you as they've run 35's on a '02+ W463). I made the change to 33's and on tighter corners, my truck still tries to "keep me on the road" as it thinks I'm out of control. I've since learned to drive with two feet on curvy roads; left food brake a bit and right foot throttle. This seems to work the best as far as a the ESP light not coming on and pulsing the brakes to "control" the vehicle.Which year G do you have? From what I've read, fitting 35's on a 2002+ makes the traction/skid control electronics go crazy with no easy work around. The correct differential gears seemed a bit difficult to obtain on the 463's. Any insight on this?
Keep in mind that the Cabrio spare tire carrier requires welding in reinforcements on the interior panels(as trucks that came factory with the carrier had reinforced sheetmetal from Graz), so to do it right is a lot of work(which is why I opted to not go that route with my G500, and just keep the heavy spare on the tailgate).If you were so inclined, you could always source the tire carrier/rear door from a Cabrio G and create your own tailgate solution...Or cut the G's rear door in half and do the same thing - I can't imagine it would be that difficult for a knowledgeable shop - only problem is relocating the spare.
I did miss the tailgate from my RR classic at first, but now not at all. Also, the rear door of the G is quite a bit taller than your average door, and that extra length to the tailgate would make getting things from the cargo area more difficult. Then you'd always have to open all three things - the swing away tire carrier, the top tailgate and the bottom tailgate, which some people don't mind.
For this convincing, show them G's from Europe, and military G's. Many of the G's here seem to be what you say.That would be sweet. Good thinking.
Now the next step is convincing the wife and friends and family that the G is not rapper, basketball player or mafia persons car. I know that sounds bad but that is how some people think.