Just one week before heading away, our 2015 VX 200 series Landcruiser decided that it didn't want to play the game.
Firstly the water pump was weeping, and secondly and more importantly we have three warning lights displayed on the dash. The 4lo light is continually flashing, and the engine warning and the slip indicator lights are hard on.
A call to Toyota who is a little over 10 km away said that it could be possible for me to drive it there, but there could be a chance that the engine could go into limp mode. So our roadside assistance through Ken Tame paid for a flatbed truck.
Long story short is that there is a problem with the EGR valves, and they need to be replaced. Parts alone are over $2000,00 and $500 for labour.
I couldn't believe our good fortune when Toyota advised that they would pay for the parts. Our warranty period expired two and a half years ago, and during this time we have travelled 87,600 kilometres. We picked up our Landcruiser just one day before taking off, and Toyota assured us that the problem was now fixed.
With COVID-19 still creating problems around the country and many states with closed orders, our break will be limited to just New South Wales.
Having a fully self-contained van that is only limited by the amount of water we can carry, then this holiday will be like all previous ones where we spend only three nights in caravan parks. Hopefully, this also lessens the chance of coming into contact with anyone who may have the virus.
Our trip away coincides with NSW school holidays, but by leaving the coast and heading into parts of Outback NSW, we hope the crowds will be less than if we remained along the coastal strip.
Regular readers of our blog will know that on our first days' drive from home we prefer a short trip just to get us back into the swing of things. This holiday will be no different from the others with our first nights stop at one of our favourite locations just 152 km from home.
Cangai is just over 60 km west of Grafton and east of the Gwydir Highway. The site is located in a valley and beside the Mann River. The following photo was taken last year.
The Landcruiser remained with Grafton Toyota for two and a half days, but they were unable to see any problems or codes even though they drove the vehicle numerous times recording data on each drive. All there data is showing that the car is operating normally. The 97 km return journey was unevental with the Landcruiser running correctly as it always had done in the past.