1993 Land Cruiser Prado
Unique haulers are all the rage these days, and this 1993 Land Cruiser is about as neat as it gets. Equipped with a torquey turbodiesel, trustworthy 4x4 system, OEM manual locking hubs, and room for seven, what's not to like? While there are a few minor dings and scratches associated with normal use, this rig stands tall and is set off by a factory bash bar, OEM rainguards, and five color-matched and resurfaced OEM alloys. While many potential buyers will be enamored with the styling alone, this Dark Green Mica over Graphite (26Z) two-tone example is more than just a good-looking truck. At only 125k verified and documented miles, this turn-key Prado is just getting broken in and is fresh off a recent service. As a reliable daily driver, cool canyon crawler, or practical pavement pounder that steals looks at the local Cars & Coffee, this Toyota will do the trick, and is a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin is in above-average condition compared to your run-of-the-mill 70 series. Normally the dashboards are badly cracked, yet this one only shows a minor hairline imperfection, which is hardly noticeable. The driver benefits from electric lumbar support and a tilt column to find the optimal driving position, and the view of the road ahead is clear and commanding. Functional A/C and heat make daily use more enjoyable for those living in changing climate zones, and a snazzy Kenwood audio upgrade works like a charm and is at arms reach. Other electric equipment includes power windows, locks, and side mirrors which operate as they should, in typical Toyota fashion. The upholstery and door cards match and are trimmed in Toyota's textured blue and gray cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and contrast nicely against the dark gray cabin. The desirable fold-up third-row option can be hidden away against the d-pillar or used in a pinch if necessary, too. The headliner and carpets have withstood the past 25 years without sustaining major abuse and overall it is clear this truck was cared for in a prior life!
The simple, yet sturdy mechanicals are key to this model's success. Powered by the legendary 1KZ-TE, the engine springs to life care of a new 12v battery. A fresh oil and filter service along with a new fuel filter keep the 3.0L happy, and a new radiator and thermostat were installed for proper thermal management. While it was up on our lift, we also replaced the rear main seal to keep the 1K topped up on lubricant. The four-banger diesel is linked to a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox. Able to handle highway speeds with ease, and peppy around town, this Prado certainly isn't slow. If you want to get down and dirty, 4WD can be engaged and it also has a low range if you are really mired in the mud. The selective transfer case is simple to operate, and we replaced the old leaky output seal with a new one to make sure the unit stays properly lubricated. While up on our lift we upgraded the front axle with new OEM front hub lockers, to lend even more off-road capability to this truck's lengthy resume. The suspension offers loads of clearance and new sway bar links and bushings shore up the ride even more. The power steering is light and on point and the brakes are confident and capable. To complete the list of reconditioning items we slapped new Falken all-terrain tires on all four corners. The mean-looking rubber matches this car's personality, but they also quiet down the ride, 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.