1990 Toyota Land Cruiser 80
Available for: $21,995
Stock Number: 4733
Long known for their for its capabilities off the beaten path Toyota's long lineage of 4x4 Land Cruisers spans over seven decades. The Land Cruiser represents all of the best attributes of the modern, legitimate, SUV. The 80 series brought a long list of fresh upgrades to the table like new sheet metal, an unstoppable 4.2L turbo diesel, and a more spacious and luxurious interior. SUVs these days have become more about status and luxury than actual off-road prowess which is a real shame. Your options for something that can tackle the dirt just as well as a trip to Costo in comfort have been severely limited over the past decade or so. Our latest offering is an ideal example of why these are still so popular today. Finished in a fantastic Dark Bluish Gray Metallic (183) gives it a fantastic curb appeal. It's a very understated color that you just don't see too often out on the roads these days. The paint looks great for its age and has been generally spared from any notable issues. The only real blemish is a mark on the front bumper, luckily most of which would be covered up by a front plate. With anything of this age, it's naturally going to have some stone chips and light scratches in the clear, but nothing of real concern. The paint on the grille, for example, has some flaking probably from sun damage over the years. The bodywork is just as clean with merely your typical door ding or two to report. A nice little perk, this one even comes with a hitch already installed to save you some time down the road having to add one. While the ride height is stock, a new set of 31" All Terrains give this truck a more proper off-road look. While most of us probably won't be spending a ton of time off-road, it's at least good to know that you can if you find yourself in a bind.
The cabin of the 80 is massive, even by today's standards. The interior had plenty of options and power accessories back in '90, and surprisingly, still looks current. The dash is in good shape, which can be an issue with something of this size, lacking any major imperfections or sun damage. While we're used to seeing two-tone seats inside these, this one has a different spin on things. A black and cream diamond-stitched set of seat covers protect the original Alcantara seats. While a bit out of the ordinary, they do offer a bit more luxury to the interior while also offering a good deal more protection to the actual seat surfaces themselves. The seats feel great underneath, the bolstering all feels solid and not like they broke down on the years from hopping in and out. Based on the condition of the carpeting, headliner, and door panels it seems safe to assume that they're in just as clean condition aesthetically. We weren't kidding when we said that this one was chocked full of options. Heated front seats, power sunroof, power folding mirrors, CoolBox center console, and even cruise control were all standard. Another standard feature on these was the automatic climate control system for those days where you don't want to cruise around with the windows down. The giant factory window visors are a nice touch when you're simply looking for a little extra ventilation but not all the wind or rain. The head unit has been replaced with a particularly nice Panasonic unit, but even still there are some limitations with the system here stateside. Once you climb aboard and get yourself settled in you'll immediately realize that this is going to quickly become your new road trip rig.
Underneath the massive hood is Toyota's tried and true 1HD-T 4.2 straight-six. These torquey beasts are known for being bulletproof and have surprisingly little vibration; being refined as it is reliable is key. Engine startup is robust, and the 4.2L mill clatters to life thanks to its dual battery setup. Being a diesel the 123K verified miles that it has is merely the tip of the iceberg. From the bottom of the powerband, a noticeable difference in acceleration can be felt from its gasoline-powered counterpart. The automatic transmission shifts well, albeit with little urgency. The lumbering giant has no issues getting up to highway speeds. This one is a K295 truck which means it's fitted with the front and rear LSD to aid the four-wheel drive system. On-road, the suspension and steering systems feel like any other truck-based SUV, and the platform has no issues with terrible potholes and crappy road surfaces that plague most cities. The brakes are more than capable of reeling you down from highway speeds which are reassuring. A new air filter should help the diesel breathe a bit easier and help return a little extra fuel mileage. We also replaced the sway bar end links and retightened the hubs for good measure. Overall this HDJ81 is the full package when it comes to a JDM SUV. The gold standard of SUVs, these Land Cruisers provide unbeatable value. Touting its ease of ownership, tons of features, and no shortage of offroad potential, this car is just as at home in the Costco parking lot as it is fording a river.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.