1991 Toyota TownAce 4WD Diesel
Available for: $7,995
Reliability was Toyota's calling card in the early part of the 1990's. This 1991 TownAce personified this with an economical turbo diesel engine, capable 4WD, and well designed interior. Situated in a segment between the kei vans and full size options like the HiAce, the TownAce might have the perfect interior and exterior dimensions. The exterior is in excellent condition with minimal blemishes, such as the normal scuffs associated with light use. Finished in an eye catching Gray Metallic (168), the body has been well cared for and the exterior plastics/acrylics look good. The distinctive cab over design and manual transmission make this a blast to scoot around town, and this van would also make a comfortable cross country hauler.
The interior is in good condition finished in durable grey cloth and has been kept up incredibly for a vehicle intended to transport a gaggle of toddlers. The light gray colored seats are nicely bolstered, and are in above average shape for a 25 year old vehicle. Up front, a one touch driver window and adjustable steering column make the drive a fair bit more comfortable. Fog lamps are equipped making low visibility situations much more safe. Oversize, powered, mirrors provide a good view of objects in the periphery. Power locks and an OEM audio are all easily within arms reach. The radio and speakers work well, and manage to catch a few errant US FM radio selections. The dash is in good shape, free of any cracks or discoloration. The rear seats have seemly endless configurations and the middle row can swivel 180 degrees (rear facing) which creates a limo like experience. This model high roof spec is convenient, and the headliner is in good shape with few scuffs. The most desirable options were rear climate control which is equipped in this particular TownAce, and is functioning. Extra grab handles line both the back and middle rows as well. The rear seats fold up and out of the way for increased cargo space if desired. Also the middle row windows slide open to provide some additional ventilation.
The 2C-T diesel four-cylinder fires right up and idles smoothly, thanks in part to a brand new 12v battery. For those in colder climates, or those at higher altitude, Toyota has added an "idle up" button to tune out any lumpiness at cold start. This specific four cylinder is known for its durability and with only 94K verified miles, is barely broken in. The manual transmission shifts smoothly, and the shifter seems to be better gated than almost every other manual van we have sold in recent memory. Freeway cruising is much more comfortable than in a kei van, with gearing that is much wider by comparison. The mid-range torque is impressive, and as soon as the green turbo light flashes on the gauge cluster, you're off to the races. The front-midship, 4WD layout provides adequate fuel economy with the small displacement turbo diesel, and the suspension keeps the car nicely in line over larger road imperfections. The brakes are responsive, and this mid size van stops better than you might expect. An oil change has been performed by one of our trained technicians, and ensures another 3000 miles of carefree motoring. Approach angles are fantastic, and the van has an abundance of ground clearance if you live off the beaten path. If off road use is your desired plan, the TownAce has a low speed transfer case for getting some needed traction. Also, this van's turning radius is better than average, with much of its maneuverability being owed to its tight wheelbase.
Our vehicles are mechanically reconditioned to a high enough standard that include a completed Virginia State Safety Inspection, with the supporting documentation from a registered state inspector. This TownAce is too good to miss; It's well engineered powerplant, low cost of ownership, and useful interior layout make it the perfect turn-key JDM family van.
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