I just saw the “what should I buy?” bit on Jalopnik, and noted that Orlove recommended a very clean, low mile imported 1991 Land Cruiser FJ80 for overlanding. By contrast, the NPoCP listing is a bit cheaper (and just was noted by Just Jeepin, amusingly).

My question for HammerheadFistpunch, Tim, Kelsey and others who may have opinions is this:

If one were planning on “overlanding” around the US, and one had decided that an FJ80 was what one wanted, would you recommend a US market FJ80 (likely with higher miles, but lower cost) over a spiffed up recent JDM import, and why?

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The corollary to that question is: What would change in your choice if you were planning to go to other countries like Tim and Kelsey?

This is just an idle thought exercise for me, but I would think that a better maintained, low miles import might be worth the extra cost, and the parts should be as readily available, with likely very little different on the JDM model.

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By that logic, it shouldn’t be an issue to maintain in a different country, but maybe(?) could cause confusion and problems to have a JDM vehicle titled in the US such that other countries don’t view the entry/exit process as clearly documented?

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