Well I’m kinda over the top when I find something I enjoy. They do drink gas, but for our hunting lease I don’t think we will put over 5,000 miles a year on the hunting buggy. For my daily driver, I will use it for my business so there is no gas expense out of pocket per say.
I bought the 2007 GX470 with 207,000 miles for $10,500. I liked it so much, a couple of months later, I bought a 2004 with 193,000 for $4,000. My friend is a mechanic and one of his long time customers was ready to sell so I drove down the same day to purchase the car as I didn’t want to miss out on such a good deal!
Repairs and upgrades for 2007(stuff I think is necessary for off roading)
$1,500 timing belt, water pump and engine seals
$3,500 3” Toytec/Bilstein 5100 lift, SPC UCA, airbag delete
$2,500 CV boots, tie rods, LCA, sway bar links(basically all new components to match up with the lift)
$1,700 RCI rock sliders, skid plates
$1,800 Mickey Thompson Baja Boss AT, mount and balance 285 70/17
$350 17” used Method rims on FB marketplace
$500 misc seals, belt moldings, luggage rack delete
I ordered an ARB front bumper with a winch for $2,500 and a Strike rear bumper for $2,500. Both should be here in a couple of weeks.
Upgrades not necessary
$700 tint on all windows
$1,200 camo seat covers
$400 speaker upgrade Crutchfield
I have a hunting lease so once the 2007 is done and shipped off I will work on the 2004 as my daily driver.
Keep in mind I’m in Hawaii, so shipping/freight increases the price of everything by 20-25%!!! In the lower 48, everything will be way cheaper! A lot of the 4x4 companies offer free shipping.