1990 Triple Locked Land Cruiser
Toyota's 80 Series Land Cruiser was a flagship rig, offering up not only more space and amenities than the brand's existing SUV lineup, but more power as well! The refinement and capability are unmatched, and this 1990 Land Cruiser VXL has the desirable drivetrain to make for a one-of-a-kind Japanese Classic. Originally finished in Dark Bluish Gray Metallic (183), a more modern-looking coat of Toyota's Lunar Rock (6x3) paint works to set off the look. The body is in good shape aside from some normal dings and chips, and is adorned with OEM rainguards and some mean-looking 16" Mickey Thompson alloys. Offered with 157k verified and documented miles, this triple-locked truck is as capable as they come. For those who value efficiency, luxury, toughness, and performance this 80 Series Cruiser is an unmatched contender.
The interior volume in this 80 series is massive, and there is plenty of head, shoulder, and legroom for all five passengers. The VX model is equipped with power amenities for driver convenience, including power windows, power mirrors, locks, and an electric sunroof. All these options work flawlessly, although the power folding mirrors sometimes require a bit of persuasion to operate properly. A classy woodgrain steering wheel replaces the clunky factory unit and feels good in hand, as you pilot this rig from the tarmac to the trails. The lower dash trim is in good nick and is finished in a complementary matte black plastic. A working Carrozzeria radio helps supply some tunes and a simple-to-use automatic climate control system is at the ready with ice-cold A/C and hot heat for those brisk winter chills. The dash is trimmed in grey vinyl and, aside from a sizable crack atop the gauge hood, the rest of the materials aren't too worse for the wear. The seats are trimmed in a soft striped grey cloth. The upholstery shows well, save from a stain on the passenger seat and some expected wear to the lower driver's side seat bolster. The carpets are clean but we did want to note some imperfections on the headliner and door cards, and a missing rear trunk panel. Overall this unit has held up pretty well over the years and was clearly cared for in its prior Japanese life. Even the original owner's manuals can be found in the glove box, with an English translation handy too!
Underneath the hood lies the fuel-sipping 1HD-T. The mechanicals are simple and straightforward when it comes to ease of ownership, and the straight-six is fresh off an oil and filter service. Thanks to two new 12v batteries, it starts up quickly and sets into a near vibration-free idle. Paired up with this beast of an engine, the automatic 4-speed transmission sends power to all four wheels through a full-time 4WD system. It includes low gearing, but die-hard enthusiasts will be most appreciative of the triple-locking differentials. They are fully functional and ready to help you escape from whatever sticky situation you may encounter. We flushed the front differential, too. The driveline makes this brute nearly unstoppable on trails and loose surfaces and is great for resale value to boot! On the tarmac, the rig is happy at highway speeds and accelerates with confidence. Shifting is seamless and the torque is prodigious. The brakes are confident and the suspension is suited just fine for daily use. To complete the vehicle we installed four new Falken all-terrain tires at all four corners. These should last for tens of thousands of miles to come and will deliver premium year-round grip.
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