1993 Land Cruiser FZJ80
The Land Cruiser 80 Series was sold here in the US from 1990-1997. It was, and is, beloved for its luxury appointments, cavernous interior space, low cost of ownership, and capable full-time 4WD. This 1993 VX Limited model fits the description above, and we could lump heaps more praise onto it if we wanted. Redone in Japan from its original green to a one-off Frost White, this rig is set off by meaty 35" tires mounted on bronze factory alloys. The 2" lift adds to the aesthetic, as does the tubular aftermarket running boards, aftermarket tail lights, privacy tint, and a set of tasteful OEM rainguards. Fresh off a recent service, this silky smooth six-cylinder powered truck is offered with a mere 144k verified and documented miles. Aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use, this Toyota is in good nick and would make for a wonderful daily driver, year-round grocery getter, winter warrior, or dedicated trail truck. Collectible, refined, practical, and built to stand the test of time, this FZJ80 is a legendary Japanese Classic we are proud of!
The cabin is about as large as anything we have offered to date, including many of our vans. Originally spec'd with a third row, this Cruiser boasts sliding rear side glass and dual-zone climate control. Other upgrades include the power sunroof, for added natural light and ventilation. It even has an OEM CoolBox center console to keep plenty of libations cold on a long road trip. If a long highway jaunt is in order, the steering wheel mounted OEM cruise control will let you relax a bit as a driver. The accommodations are fantastic for all on board, with tons of leg, shoulder, and headroom to be found. The driver even gains a tilt-adjustable steering column and electric lumbar support to find the perfect driving position. Power windows and locks are standard and work like a charm as does the factory roof mounted field monitor. The view of the road is clear and commanding as the driver sits far above traffic. The dash is in great shape aside from a dime-sized abrasion located on the passenger side of the center stack. It is hardly noticeable, but we do try to nitpick these a bit. The highlight of the cabin has to be the fitted leather seat covers. They are in above-average shape and prevent the Alcantara below from future spills and stains. They also happen to exude class, too on an otherwise tough SUV! The OEM headunit was ditched for a more modern, touchscreen WowAuto version. It works properly and sounds crisp thanks to the upgraded speakers that were installed in Japan. If you want better reception, press the power antenna button and it jets up from the fender. That is not to say the cabin is perfect as the side mirrors are no longer powered and there is minor lifting at the top of the passenger front door card. Still, that's a bit of nitpicking at this point, and we are confident that this 80 is in better shape than most any US versions at this point.
The best part about owning this particular example is the known reliability of the driveline, and the inexpensive cost of parts and service. The reason is simple as this platform was sold with the same driveline on our shores here in the states. We have many customers that service these at Toyota dealerships, as nearly everything is interchangeable. The 1FZ-FE is fresh off an oil and filter service and turns over instantly with the turn of the key. Ignition is aided by a new 12v battery we installed here in our shop, providing all the cold cranking amps necessary for the cold winter ahead. The six sounds much meaner than stock thanks to a custom free-flowing exhaust that was installed over in Japan. To keep the 4.5L topped up on oil we replaced the oil pump seal and front main seal. Additionally, the old cracked intake boot was replaced with a good one to smooth out the idle, and allow for proper metering of the intake air. Known for its broad torque curve, the engine is linked to a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox. While this is no Supra, the Cruiser lumbers up to highway speeds with confidence and can merge safely despite its relatively large size and curb weight. If you happen to come across sand, sleet, or snow a locking center differential can be engaged quickly. Additionally, a low-range setting can be accessed with a yank of the selective transfer case stick. The Toyota sails over large and small road imperfections with confidence and offers loads of ground clearance, too. The new 35"s were mounted and balanced are knee deep in tread and will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.