1990 HiAce Adventure Van
Available for: $17,995
The Toyota HiAce is such a wonderful van, and now Americans are starting to get keen to this. How do we know? Prices in Japan have doubled recently, and we are getting more and more requests for models like this 1990 eight-seater. It's easy to see the appeal of this transporter as it boasts a spacious and flexible interior, plenty of equipment, a refined drive, and an efficient diesel engine. Finished in a fresh coat of Cavalry Blue, and set off by some retro livery and refinished rolling stock, this little Toyota turns as many heads as a Supra. Aside from some light dings, the body is in good shape and a set of OEM rainguards subtly accent the slab-sided profile. We wanted to note the prior headlight panel replacement in Japan, in the interest of disclosure. Best of all this recently serviced rig is turn-key and ready to roll for those who want to explore in style and don't want to wait!
The cabin is in above-average condition and was cared for in Japan. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the cab over design lends itself to top tier visibility for those behind the wheel. The dash is in good nick and lacks any cracking or distortion. A large center console and glovebox are handy for forward stowage and the owner's manuals and some service records are enclosed inside. The dual-zone climate control is easy to use and the front and rear occupants can choose their desired temperature range without a van-wide argument. The OEM audio works well and the driver benefits from an adjustable steering column, electric windows, power door locks, and power mirrors. These all work well and make daily use convenient. The highlight of the cabin is the special optional cloth seat covers. They protect the gray upholstery underneath and look incredible with the embroidered "HiAce" monograms. The middle row can swivel and the rear can slide forward and be completely removed if necessary. The carpets, door cards, and headliner show no signs of major abuse and were taken care of by the last owner. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we wanted to note that there is a missing front ashtray and due to an internal gauge cluster issue the fuel gauge, speedo, trip meter, and odometer do not work. As such the mileage cannot be verified and we have reflected that in the price. On the positive side, we have a heads-up display we purchased to keep an eye on the speed of travel and a new cluster should fix everything if the new owner wants to purchase one!
Toyota has always been known for producing quality drivetrains and this hauler is no exception. Powered by the Toyota's trusty 3L engine, this van won't win any drag races, but provides more than enough ponies for daily use. It's fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up with a twist of the key, thanks to two newly installed 12v batteries. The 2.8L mill is connected to a 4WD system and an automatic gearbox. Shifts occur seamlessly and the 4WD system can be engaged with a press of a dash-mounted switch. The long-wheelbase returns some decent high-speed stability and the suspension has been refreshed with a set of new upper ball joints. The softer suspension soaks up the bumps and inside the cabin, there are few squeaks and rattles if any to note. Frankly, the midship layout handles better than most nose-heavy American minivans were used to, but we're by no stretch saying this is a sports car. The brakes are capable and the power steering is light but on point. The OEM wheels were refinished and color changed to give off a more business-like aesthetic. They are wrapped in a fresh set of Yokohama Geolander A/T's. These new tires quiet down the ride a touch and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of all-season grip for years to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.