My New Car

We picked this beastie up this morning.

It's a 2010 Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL. We've opted for the 4L V6 petrol engine over the diesel for a bit more highway poke and a couple of other reasons.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 25th March 2010, This photo: 5:09pm

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  • Conor Casey Photography [] said:
    Looks nice and clean:-)
  • Xenedis said:
    Ah, congrats on the new vehicle.
  • accesser said:
    Oh nice how long before it gets its first red dirt coating ? :P
    The old man just got a 09 Ford Ranger
  • Cobra_11 said:
    Wow! Absolutely cool! It looks awesome in white.. I'm looking for a car at the moment, too, probably a second-hand one, and a 4wd would be great.. Except I want a ute :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Well it's got 128kms on the clock now, but it's still clean. I'm guessing it'll be a little while before it gets dirty as I've yet to get the bar, etc for it.
    Danke - you'll get a first hand demo in a few weeks ;-)
    I'm not familiar with the Rangers, is that a ute ?
    They're definitely liberating (4wds that is). We had a ute, but it was getting too small for the kids in the back, and so it was time for something larger and more comfortable.
  • Tristen Murray said:
    Cool car, and an awesome car shot. Nice
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    You'll enjoy it Dave, I just got out of my Prado, took a break, but will be back in one on the next time around :-)
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    when are we heading our west?
  • David de Groot said:
    So what are you slumming about in now Danny ?
    When are you ready ? ;-)
    Seriously, got to do a couple of things to her first, and get some provisions ready (and some money behind me so I can afford to take time off).
  • ankewill said:
    ah, there you go! Nothing between you and some beaches now. :-)
  • Xenedis said:
    Dave: Do I get to drive it? I don't have a truck licence... :-)
    Next time you drive down here, you'll have to tool around in Mosman, dropping kids off at soccer and buying bread and milk -- this is the natural environment of these vehicles. They have no place off-road. ;-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh, she's not going on a beach until I have a compressor, and have some sand practice. Even then, I'm less inclined to drive on a beach than in the bush.
    :-P no, but you get to sit inside it, if you're lucky, not in the dicky-seats at the far back.
    As for it's native environment, you southerners obviously have things all arse-about.
  • kth_friend said:
    it is good to take em bush... not sure why you would want the petrol though.. unless you like the power..
    nice shot as well.
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • looby88 said:
    aaaaah just look at that, its enjoying the view and the sunset ( sunrise ? )
  • David de Groot said:
    Couple of reasons, highway power is one of them, ridiculous spare parts prices for diesels being the other.
    Sunset it is Helen. I was shooting from the front for the golden light when I turned around and saw the rays, so had to incorporate them in a shot too.
  • bradchiplin said:
    "To the de Groot Mobile"
    Congrats on your new toy mate! These things are absolute beasts!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Brad - sure are :)
  • baar_01 said:
    Nice buy Dave. I've been very tempted lately to buy a 4WD, nothing of this calibre though I've been looking more at old hiluxs etc.
    It opens you up to so many more photogenic locations, but I don't know if I could handle the price difference in fuel between one and my late model 4cyl .:P
  • nom_oz said:
    Nice Dave. Envious. I need to win lotto...
  • David de Groot said:
    Look at a small one then with a diesel engine. My old Mitsubishi (14 years old), got 11.3L/100kms mixed cycle.
    So do I!
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    Any time you want to head to the beach for some practice just give me a call there are some old war bunkers on Bribie Is that are cool to photograph.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Thorougly recommend the electronic rust protection Dave.
    Hit Fraser worry free :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Sounds interesting Simon. It'll likely be a couple of months time.
    Does it work Danny ? I presume it's a bit like the old 6V gensets that cars had before alternators, where the car body was active rather than neutral as it is today ? (the issue there was that although the body never rusted, the wiring did).
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Dave, All I can say is that I read all the hype before i fitted mine and some are definately better than others dont get the dealer fitted jobbies and dont get the spray on stuff.
    I did months of research (anal about that sort of stuff) read all sorts of reviews as to whether it worked or not. I fitted the Couplertec 2 pad 4wd kit for around $300 (bought it at the car show and fitted myself) and best investment you could make. I had my Prado (2005 VX) in deep water and sand on many occasions and not a spot of cancer in 4.5 years. I took it right to the tip of Fraser - all over the Island, drowned it in salt water and sand and the undercarriage was spotless when i flogged it.
    A lot of people that should know a lot about that sort of stuff use it (read the website) so must work in some way shape or form :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Seems to have gone up a bit in price since then - $525 for the base 4wd self-fit kit now.
    I'd be doing a fair bit of research myself too as the new Prado has touch sensitive keyless entry, so mucking with electronic fields may screw that up.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Yeah that would be about right - i think i got 150 off the price at the car show.
    The way it works is that it passes a minor current through the paint and into the metal - some form of field (not a sparky) and it draws an extremely low amount of current. You could leave it practically forever without it draining the battery. I hear what you are saying though - worth asking the question, as i said really minor current that somehow works