1991 Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ81
Stock Number: 4363
The diesel-powered 80 series cruisers are loved for a bevy of worthwhile reasons. They offer tons of refinement, rugged styling, and deliver decent fuel economy and power. This 1991 HDJ81 is finished a classic Dark Bluish Gray (183), while only having 107K verified miles on the odometer. The body is in good shape other than the normal scuffs, dings, and dents associated with normal use. Featuring the most desired drivetrain, a slate of recent maintenance, and an imposing demeanor, this Japanese Classic would be a shame to miss out on!
The interior is packed full of features and amenities that were rare at the time. For instance, a factory CoolBox icemaker center console sits right next to OEM heated seats. Power one-touch windows and locks are also standard, and the driver even benefits from power lumbar adjustment. The front occupants benefit from a functional sunroof, which tilts and retracts to provide extra ventilation. Natural light is abundant in the cabin with the sunshade pulled back and the corollary advantage to the glass roof is that the interior feels much larger. The gauges are large and easy to read, and the digital climate system works as it should. The gray Alcantara seats are in good shape, and the rear bench offers plenty of head, shoulder, and legroom. The material is still soft to the touch and devoid of any major rips, stains or tears. Long cruises can be had in comfort, and this SUV has plenty of storage options. The carpets, headliner, and door cards are in good condition and there aren't any offensive odors emanating from the interior. Sure there is a little wear on some of the touch surfaces, such as the shifter and console as the interior isn't perfect. The dash has some underlying cracks which have been obscured by a caret cover. The mirrors only operate manually at this point as well, which isn't uncommon for Cruisers.
Mechanically the Land Cruiser is loved for its simplicity and reliability. The 4163cc straight-six fires up with the twist of a key and benefits from two new 12V batteries that can handle the coldest of winter snaps. The charging system also includes a new alternator those two new batteries maintain a proper charge. The idle is nearly vibration-free, and the diesel clatter and turbo whoosh is kind of neat to hear coming from this rig, as the stateside versions only had gasoline powerplants. A diesel specific oil and filter change have also been performed to ensure no scheduled service is needed for the next five-thousand kilometers. Acceleration is brisk, with plenty of torque coming from down low in the powerband. The automatic transmission shifts into gear properly, and the selective transfer case allows the driver to select between high and low gears if the going gets tough. For the enthusiast shopping for the most capable off-road drivetrain available, this is it. Front, center, and rear locking differentials were optioned on this truck, giving it the ability to go where other 80's cant! The brakes feel confident and the suspension can take our rough US roadways without a complaint. The fact of the matter was that these Cruisers were quite expensive when new, and have much better driving characteristics compared to the 70 series it was sold alongside it. They feel more assured than the 70, less floppy, and more connected. The steering is power-assisted and easy to articulate, which makes city driving and tight parking more manageable. Best of all, the upgraded silver alloys are all shod with new all-terrain Falken tires, ensuring safety on and off the beaten path.
This HDJ81 is the full package when it comes to a JDM SUV. Touting its ease of ownership, tons of features, and offroad potential, this car is at home at Costco as on the Rubicon!
*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.