1993 LC Prado 3.0TD
They don't make 'em like they used to and this 1993 Prado is a great testament to the longevity of a good old-fashioned SUV. The robust body on frame platform and nearly bulletproof diesel are able to handle loads of abuse and keep on chugging. Fresh off a recent service, this enthusiast special is equipped with a manual gearbox, and boasts a respectable 190k verified and documented miles on the clock. Aside from some light body corrosion and a few dings, chips, scuffs and cracks associated with normal use, this one-off Broadway Black colored Landy is in good shape overall. Set off by a a 2" lift and a refinished set of BERG alloys, this stellar looking rig would make for a decent daily driver, fun weekend cruiser, or inspired family hauler. Tough, collectible and designed with real off-road DNA, this Japanese Classic stands tall above the crowd.
We must commend this Cruiser's prior owner as the cabin is in above average condition for a 30 year old truck. The cockpit is spacious, logically laid out, and was clearly built to stand the test of time with premium materials and power amenities to make daily use a breeze. The seats are trimmed in a suede-like cloth and have resisted any serious wear and tear outside of some expected pilling on the driver's bucket. Even the dash is free of any typical hairline cracks, and the headliner is still taut against the roof! The center stack, while utilitarian in design, still features an easy to use climate control unit and functional OEM audio. As a winter cruiser, getting piping hot heat to flow throughout the cabin is easy, and cold A/C is on backup if you need it. All power windows work as advertised, as do the electric locks, mirrors, and a spacious power moonroof. The rear bench tumbles forward if you need extra cargo space, and three additional passengers can pile in in the back for seamless family hauling. As a whole, it's hard to critique this cockpit. All amenities are functional, easy to operate, and overall this cabin really impresses for being three decades young!
The body on frame chassis is tough and simple. Easy to work on and inexpensive to operate, the 1KZ-TE that powers this rig is a real gem. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.0L churns to life care of a new 12v battery. Like all of our retail diesels, we replaced the fuel filter and we also took care of a new set of serpentine belts and a new air cleaner for good measure. We addressed a valve cover leak while it was on the lift and the four banger is now right as rain. Power is fed through a five speed manual transmission that makes good use of the low engine grunt provided by the 1K. Peppy about town and comfortable cruising at higher interstate speeds, the two components are a good match. Enthusiasts will love the fact they have more control over the platform and gear changes occur without a hitch or grind. In Japan, OEM manual lockers were added at some point to give you an edge when traversing loose surfaces. It also includes settings for high and low range 4WD.The lifted suspension provides loads of ground clearance and can handle the use and abuse driving over our ruddy stateside tarmac. The brakes feel confident and the power steering is light and easy to articulate. The multipiece alloys are wrapped in new rubber at all four corners. The 33" inch all terrains will last for tens of thousands of miles to come, and look mean as heck!
*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.