1992 Toyota Landcruiser 80 Series
Available for: $21,995
Stock Number: 4738
What's 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. The VX Limited trim is well-appointed and factory options are plentiful. The exterior color is Toyota's understated, yet classic, Dark Emerald Pearl (6M1) this bad boy gleams out in the sunlight. The paint is in good shape, however, there are always going to be some blemishes from daily use over the years. The bodywork itself looks great with only a routine door ding or two to worry about. Rolling on those 33's gives the Cruiser its imposing looks when you pull up behind a Prius at a light. This one even comes with a hitch already installed to save you some time down the road having to add one. The stock body really doesn't need much help, hence why it was left mostly all stock. It does sport the sunroof rain guard to cut down on wind and add for a little extra ventilation in poor weather as well. It also has a nifty translucent rear spoiler as well which gives a more aggressive profile and cuts down on some of the glare in the rearview mirrors. Also, newer LED taillights help to revamp the looks a bit to give it a more modern back end.
The interior is packed full of features and amenities. While fully capable offroad, most of us will be spending our time running errands around town so you want something you can actually enjoy spending time in. Toyota has always been known for its quality and the interior really reflects that. Aside from the plethora of electronic goodies, the materials they chose have proven to hold up much better than the competition. The 80 has copious amounts of interior headroom and legroom with its plush seating arrangement. The two-tone Alcantara looks great and has been kept in fantastic shape over the years. Normally we would expect to see some bolster wear or light staining, but there's really nothing here to complain about on either the front or back row. The carpet is plush, but also easy to clean if dirt finds its way into the cabin from the trail or just the grocery store parking lot. The dash is in good shape and devoid of any major imperfections such as cracks or discoloration which can be an issue due to the sheer size of it. The interior as a whole has been kept largely all original with the exception of a rather nice Nardi wood grain and leather steering wheel. A newer Kenwood head unit has also found its way into the cabin, which makes swapping it out in favor of something more current and US compatible that much easier. You also have the awesome factory "CoolBox" as well as your heated seat controls which are a bit of a rarity for the era. Of course, all of the other typical amenities of the era were present; automatic climate control, power sunroof, cruise control, as well as your power windows/mirrors/locks.
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. With only 155K verified miles the startup is robust, and the 4.2L mill clatters to life and sounds like you would expect out of something this size. Nobody wants to turn the key and have this thing sound like a diesel Volkswagen, so a full turbo-back Suxon high flow exhaust was added. Now you get that trademark turbo whistle on startup that just screams "try and stop me." You also get a bit of additional turbo flutter through the open filter K&N intake 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 these setups is typically used to that. Power is sent to all four wheels with ease and you have the assurance of electronic LSDs both front and rear along with the ability to lock the two together via a dash-mounted center locking diff button. While most of us aren't exactly planning on hitting the backcountry in one of these, it does make your normal day to day life in sketchy weather far more reassuring. The power steering is well assisted so parking and city driving becomes quite civil due to the light steering despite its size. The brakes do a good job of reeling down the big UTE, though make no mistake this isn't a race car. The maintenance is all up to date and ready to go. New serpentine belts, clutch fan, and typical oil change have all of the basics covered for some time to come. This brooding 'ute still drives great and is an ideal choice for a daily driver. Bulletproof reliability, iconic looks, and rather lavishly appointed, what more could you really ask for?
*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.