Landcruiser 200 Series Diesel V8 IHI Turbo Problems and Solutions

Landcruiser 200 Series Diesel V8 IHI Turbo Problems


Turbocharger Replacement and Preventative Maintenance

The Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series Diesel V8 (4.5L) is the first twin turbo V8 Diesel engine vehicle by Toyota.
The 1VD-FTV engine was first fitted as a single-turbo variant and first used in Australia from March 2007. It was fitted to the 70-series Land Cruiser range.
This was a single Garrett turbo, and is not the focus of this page.

A twin-turbo variant was introduced in September 2007 and fitted to the 200-series Wagon Land Cruiser.
The twin set up is an IHI turbo left and right side configuration.

There is some information about the problems owners have had with the twin turbo 200 Series relating excess oil use.
Some of this appeared to relate to faulty oil system vacuum pumps and problems with the oil strainer blocking with sludge.
Others believed excess oil consumption related to a problem with the seals in the IHI turbo chargers, and actually had the turbocharger seals replaced.
As some of these issues relate to the turbocharging of the engine (and some opinions that the 200 series is too heavy on fuel), a few have gone back to the 100 Series.

Excess oil use aside, more serious turbo problems appear to come from dust ingress into the IHI turbos.
The left side (from driving position) turbocharger appears more prone to the dust problem than the right side turbo, or driver’s side turbo.
And vehicles that are driven in more remote areas on unsealed roads, especially those used in the mining industry are more prone to this foreign object damage (FOD).
If you own a 200 series diesel V8 and it has been used like this, there is a high possibility that the turbo may already have FOD even if it has yet to show any symptoms.
The RHS turbocharger due to its position is less likely to suffer this acute FOD than the LHS, but if one of the turbos (e.g. LHS) has to be replaced then it is recommended best practice to have both turbochargers replaced at the same time, but not entirely necessary.

Below is some brief advice to prevent the turbo problems and a more economical choice to remedy the Landcruiser 200 Series V8 IHI turbo problems as above.

These ‘dusted’ original IHI turbos are more likely if the original OEM Toyota air filter has been removed and replaced with an aftermarket one.
In this case, it appears that an aftermarket system is not better.
The OEM filter will not necessarily completely cure the issue, but anecdotal evidence shows it may slow the problems occurrence.
So perhaps consider changing back to OEM filtering and perhaps change that filtering system more often.

As always, engine sludge build up can be a contributing factor in turbocharger problems.

More so than for the older 6 cylinder diesel engines, for the Landcruiser 200 Series Diesel V8 it might be worth doing a full service before the usual 10,000km mark.
And the most critical need is for the oil and filter to be changed at EVERY service, the air filtration ever few services.

Oil sump levels must be neither under or overfilled. An over-filled sump creates higher pressure that pushes against the oil flowing out of the turbo oil dump lines.

It goes without saying and it is an absolute requirement to have oil and filter changed when a new turbo is installed.

The above outlines some Land Cruiser IHI Turbo problems, and some ways to help prevent the issue re-occurring.

Landcruiser 200 Series Diesel V8 IHI Turbo Turbocharger Replacement

If you currently have a Landcruiser 200 Series Diesel V8 IHI Turbo that needs replacing,
we supply very cost-effective suitable after market replacements for both left and right turbos.
The turbochargers come with a 24 month warranty, (double the 1 year warranty period of the original OEM turbocharger).

You can find our best price Direct Replacement Landcruiser 200 Series Diesel V8 IHI Turbos HERE.

If you have any other query on matching turbo parts for your vehicle, please feel free to contact our sales support on: 0490 059 316.