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  1. hi guys... need some advice about a 1996 toyota landcruiser parado 3.0 turbo diesel automatic import.

    im in need of a new engine, the head gasket has gone and since inspecting it the block is possibly cracked.

    any ideas on what engine is fitted to it? and where i can get a replacement and how much would i be looking at for a reasonably low mileage motor?

    on the other hand, im considering selling it as it is and getting a cheap runaround for the meanwhile.

    so any ideas on how much it would go for in its current state? it has all the trimmings, bull bars, electric folding mirrors, alloys, chrome trim, a/c, fold out extra rear seats etc... done approx 100k.

  2. the only thing i would say with getting a new engine in, is that the engine you get may be low mileage, but you may find that 10,000 miles down the road that you're faced with the same problems your trying to solve right now.

    i was lucky when i did mine, but i know a few people who have fitted a new motor, and then ended up spending more on that than they would have if they got the old motor fixed.

    obviously being an import engine its gonna be expensive to get recon'd, but i would give the new engine some thought first.


  3. hey mate, i think the bigger throttle body is a fantastic idea. and im glad someone has attempted one.

    altho i think you may benifit from straying away from the original manifold. if you look at the pic i posted you can see the difference in size of the runners (width and lenght)on the jdm mani. putting just the jdm manifold on has unlocked a whole different engine for me, one that produces power right up to the rev limit rather than being out of puff at 5k rpm.

    and quite a few starlet owners would agree that it is by far the best engine mod they've done.

    consider trying one with your bigger t/b. im sure the results will be fantastic!

    nice one,


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