1991 Toyota Land Cruiser VX Limited
Stock Number: 4663
Whats more macho than a giant turbo diesel 4WD? Toyota 80 series Land Cruisers are among some of the most reliable vehicles any auto manufacturer has ever produced. This particularly well maintained 4.2L 1HD-T turbo diesel example is no exception, especially considering it only has 74K verified miles. The VX Limited trim is well-appointed and factory options are plentiful. The exterior color is Toyota's understated, yet classy, Dark Bluish Grey Metallic (183) and looks right at home on this iconic SUV. Based on the condition it's evident that the truck was painted prior to leaving Japan. It looks like the prep work may have been a bit rushed as there are a few spots where the paint is light and starting to bubble slightly, most notably there's a spot on the hood. The body is very straight and it's clear this Land Cruiser was loved by its previous owner as keeping up with a vehicle this size in Japan is no easy task. Rolling on some new 33" Falken All Terrains helps to boost the toughness factor. Since this one has kept the exterior pretty much stock it does help to clean up the looks without all the extra bulk of brush guards and giant lights.
The interior is the perfect blend of rugged and refined. The seats look and feel luxurious thanks to its two-tone Alcantara. Both the front and rear have been kept up with well, even the typical bolster wear to the driver's seat has been kept at bay. The interior is packed full of features and amenities that were rare at the time. For instance, a factory CoolBox icemaker center console sits between the front seats. Tucked behind the steering wheel is your cruise control system which was uncommon at the time, but clutch when on long hauls. Power one-touch windows and locks are also standard, and the driver even benefits from power lumbar adjustment. The front occupants will love the functional sunroof, which tilts and retracts to provide extra ventilation. Natural light is abundant in the cabin when you pull back the sunshade thanks to its glass roof making the interior feel much larger. Thanks to the 5 factory rain guards you can even take advantage of these when the weather turns nasty. The gauges are large and easy to read, and the digital climate system works as it should. The dash is in good shape and devoid of any major imperfections such as cracks or discoloration which can plague these due to sun damage. The carpets, headliner, and door cards are also in good shape though there are some lights stains about the cabin.
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. Engine startup is robust, and the 4.2L mill clatters to life thanks to its dual battery setup. 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. With the nature of the oversized rubber, there is a bit of road noise that comes with it, but anyone familiar with this type of setup is typically used to that. 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. The number one thing everyone worries about is the age of the timing belt since its one of the largest service items. This one was taken care of shortly before leaving Japan a mere 12K miles ago. Overall this HDJ81 is the full package when it comes to a JDM SUV. 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.