1993 Land Cruiser HDJ81
Stock Number: 4608
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a statement in itself, and one of the most iconic trucks ever built. In one iteration or another, these vehicles have been in production for almost seven decades for a reason. This HDJ81 is optioned with the unstoppable 4.2L 1HD-T turbodiesel, triple lockers, and a very capable automatic transmission. While not only optioned out to some of the highest specs, it has also been fitted with a slew of quality aftermarket upgrades. Out of the gate the Cruiser was finished in one of the best color options available, the Dark Green Pearl (6M1). The paint is in overall good condition but not perfect. There are some spots of touch up paint on the front and rear bumpers, specifically on the driver's side both front and rear. Upfront the giant brush guard covers a fair bit of it which is why it's hard to spot in the photos. The factory brush guard has proven itself based on the ding that it has on the driver's side that spared the bumper itself. Aside from the actual protection aspect it really does give the front end a rather aggressive look. Due to the additional brush guard, it does make access to the factory winch a bit more challenging so we haven't had a chance to try it out. Rolling on 33" BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains only helps with its off-road look. The 16" polished six-spoke wheels do a nice job of adding a bit of flair and making the truck look a bit more modern. The bodywork though has been rather well maintained with only a few typical little door dings which is impressive when you're talking about a truck of this size.
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. A particularly nice set of Clazzio leather seat covers spruce up the interior and offers an additional layer of protection. Since the covers are rather tough to get on and off we haven't pulled them to inspect the seats below. They do feel as if they're in good condition as we know where the general wear spots typically appear with these. The driver's lower seat bolster, for instance, is typically the first thing to go but feels to have held up quite well. The door cards are in pretty good shape, with only some minor distortion on top of the driver's side which you can see in the photos. 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 the smaller diameter Momo wheel and Eclipse double DIN. Because it's already wired for a nice aftermarket head unit it will be easy to swap out for something newer with more US compatibility. It even has a backup camera wired in behind the larger rear wing, which again, will be easy to swap out for something a bit more current with better resolution. At the top of the windshield is a compass and altimeter to add to the off-road practicality. The automatic climate control has large easy to read buttons and works as it should for these remaining dog days of summer. For the days that you don't need the A/C, you've got a massive sunroof and OEM rain guards all around. The power windows, mirrors, and locks are all present and accounted for. You also have some harder to find options like the center console "CoolBox" and even cruise control!
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 112K verified miles the startup is robust, and the 4.2L mill clatters to life and sounds like a proper diesel should thanks to the Suxon exhaust. While it may not look like the typical exhaust you see on a lifted 3500 the Suxon gives the 4.2L its trademark tone without being overbearing. 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, but for the off-road die-hards, not just any four-wheel-drive system makes the cut. Take all the sand, snow, and gravel you want to throw this SUV's way because, with a turn of the dial, triple locking differentials can be engaged. Normally we see these equipped with the electronic LSD front and rear so this a rare upgrade. The power steering heavily assisted so parking and city driving becomes quite civil due to the light steering weight. 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. The biggest concern item with most people is the age of the timing belt but fear not as this was replaced a mere 2K miles ago before leaving Japan. For those of you looking for the ultimate in on and off-road capability then look no further. The diesel 80 series can do it all in comfort and style.
*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.