So i had to take my 2004 Land Cruiser into the shop today for a grinding caliper. It starting following an ice storm last week, which i initially assumed was caused by ice build up, but apparently the caliper was frozen. Considering it had been a few years and 80-90k since i’ve done the brakes, i was guessing that they would be needed as well. I was correct.

Total for all this, even with the shop waiving the labor for the calipers? $1,400+

This is largely due to Mr. Toyota deciding that you should need to rebuild the hubs in order to change the rotors on a 100 series. So the shop gets to charge roughly 4-500 for front and rear.

This is the big debate now. Do i keep it or move on?

Pros:

- Its incredible reliable

- Its big enough for my family, yet small enough to fit in my garage

- It laughs at snow storms and the forest trails i take it on

- Its paid off

Cons:

- Its 14 years old and has the tech to prove it.

- I’m presently getting about 13mpg, although summer is higher at maybe 18 highway

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- At 201k i’ll likely need to replace bushings, ball joints, and other fun stuff soon

- I live in the land of salt and snow, and despite my best efforts, I will lose this battle. The body looks great, but the undercarriage all has a coating of rust, and i’ve had to drill out numerous bolts as a result.

One option is to trade it in and get something more modern. The other option is to keep it, but get something to take over commuting duties.

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What do you guys think? Anyone interested in a Midwest 100 series?