1992 Toyota Land Cruiser J70
Available for: $15,995
Stock Number: 4773
Although the styling screams African safari, trucks like this 1992 J70 can easily be daily driven and enjoyed here stateside. Fashioned between its short wheelbase are a stout 3.5L diesel and 4x4 system and even features a true manual gearbox. Finished in Toyota's classic White (045,) over a blue/gray thatched cloth interior. The body is in good shape besides some normal dings, chips, and scuffs associated with regular use. Loved for over 70 years, trucks like this Land Cruiser are associated with dependability, low cost of ownership, and high resale values. Freshly serviced, and legally imported this tough little truck is offered with a mere 166K verified miles and has more than enough off-road credentials to back up its macho styling.
The J70 line features a simple yet spacious cockpit that has room for five. The front doors open wide, meaning ingress and egress are unincumbered. The large upright windshield and tall ride height give a clear and commanding view of the road ahead. The headroom is plentiful inside, and the light gray headliner above is still tight and taut. The controls are all close at hand and simple to use. For nighttime driving, massive amber auxiliary fogs can assist to find the road ahead. The old bulky steering wheel was replaced with a Personal leather one, and the transfer case selector, and gearshift use RAZO polished knobs. The cloth front buckets are in good shape, lacking any major imperfections such as rips, stains, or tears. The same can be said about the rear bench which can seat three additional people. This thatched, durable cloth is also used for the door cards and those have been well cared for as well. When more cargo room is demanded, the tailgate can be split open, similar to barn doors, which created a wide loading area. If you have bulky cargo to carry the bear bench conveniently folds away into the side glass, which adds some much-needed volume. Window bars provide additional protection for the side glass if our cargo shifts during an off-road excursion. The A/C and heat function properly to make all season ownership plausible, and the rig includes a newly installed American JVC head unit. The speakers work just fine if you'd prefer not to hear the wail of the five-banger. Privacy tint has helped to keep the interior in good shape, as it significantly reduces interior temps when the air conditioner is not being utilized. Most of the interior plastics have been well preserved including the dash which only has some light sun-related discoloration on the center console. Overall, it is apparent that the old owners cared for this car, and the mechanicals reflects this same sentiment.
Under the hood, Toyotas stout 1-PZ diesel sits primed and ready to tackle any and all duties. This naturally aspirated, 3469cc mill is an inline five-cylinder diesel and it benefits from a fresh oil and filter service. With a quick turn of the key, the motor fires up and sets into a consistent idle. While not the most powerful motor offer; the lack of a turbocharger, and the subsequent heat it creates, is actually a great thing for longevity and the Land Cruiser has no issues managing interstate speeds. Gear shifts are ripped off purposefully, and the manual transmission makes you feel like you have a few extra ponies in the stable. For the low speed treacherous terrain, the HUB locks can be accessed electronically through the push of a button to the right of the steering column. Having a low gear setting is especially nice considering winter in route and the inclement weather that comes with it. When Overlanding, small and large road imperfections are gobbled up with confidence. The brakes feel capable and the power steering is weighted nicely. The aftermarket five-spoke alloys are all wrapped in Nexen rubber that was replaced within the last 5,000 miles and the spare is brand new as well.
*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.