1993 Land Cruiser KZJ78
The old school is cool again, and this stunning Land Cruiser J78 proves it! Finished in a one-off Persian Blue over White two-tone and set off by a set of color-matched OEM alloys, privacy tint, and a set of OEM rainguards, this 1993 is a serious head turner. Aside from a few light dings and chips, the paint is in good nick and this tremendous truck is fresh off a recent service. Boasting a mere 147k verified and documented miles, this rig is barely broken in and is turn-key ready to drive off the lot! Powered by a nearly bulletproof 3.0L diesel, this 4WD beast does well off the beaten path. Even better, it has a rare optional factory rear locking differential, which is a must for offroading die-hards. Whether you are hauling around the family, blasting down the interstate, or trundling down a sandy beach, this Japanese Classic would be able to do it all!
The cabin has a simple and straightforward design and offers loads of room for five. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding as the driver gets to see above traffic. There are a few dash cracks of note, which are commonly seen on these Prados, but a dash mat can easily obscure those. The driver benefits from power-adjustable lumbar support and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel. Two massive upgrades are the USDM Pioneer Bluetooth headunit and the Altezza Designo wood grain steering wheel. These classy updates make daily use more enjoyable and are complemented by an electric sunroof, power locks, power windows, and power mirrors. These amenities all work in typical Toyota fashion as do the A/C and heat. The upholstery is in good shape overall and features a blue textured cloth. It's soft to the touch and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears aside from two tiny holes on the driver seat bottom. The same material has been utilized for the door cards which ties everything together. The driver's sun visor fabric has been jostled loose over the years and the fuel gauge is inoperable, but other than that cabin has held together remarkably well otherwise.
The reason these rigs have lasted so long is Toyota's commitment to build-quality and simplistic design. The sturdy body on frame platform is beefy enough to handle the rigors of daily use and the 1KZ-TE engine is fresh off an oil and filter service. A new fuel filter was installed for good measure, and to keep the 2992cc mill topped up on lubricant, we replaced the valve cover gasket, too. Two new drive belts were replaced while it was up on the lift, and now the four-banger runs seamlessly. It is mated to a slick-shifting automatic transmission and a selective transfercase. We noticed that there was a small leak from the output seal when performing the initial inspection, and we've tended to the replacement for some added reassurance for whoever buys this killer Cruiser. For maximum fuel economy and acceleration, the pilot can select 2WD and for inclement weather, 4WD can be quickly engaged. If that's not good enough, low-range gearing can be utilized, and the aforementioned diff locker can be deployed. With the powertrain set up, we turned our attention to the driveline. To refresh the ride four new shocks were installed by one of our trained techs. The new shocks have done wonders for ride quality, and this Prado feels more buttoned up than most we see. New front brake pads allow the pilot to reign in this sizable ute from higher speeds and there is plenty of grip coming from the newly mounted and balanced 32" Falken tires. The new rubber not only quiets down the ride, but will most importantly provide all-weather grip 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.