1993 Toyota Chaser JZX90 Tourer V
Stock Number: 4630
Without a doubt one of the most practical, performance sedans, on the market today the JZX90 checks all the right boxes. The Chaser's practical dimensions allow for four full-size adults to fit comfortably, with a trunk to match, all while secretly producing more power than most sports cars of the era. Finished in Toyota's Dark Green Mica (6N2) the color has a very subtle look that really shines out in the sunlight. Being that this a '93 with 111K verified miles it does show some signs of daily use like some stone chips and small clear coat scratches. Overall though the paint shows rather well barring what appears to be some hazing of the clear on the truck down under/around the wing. It is also worth noting that the small clear fender running lights are missing. It's not uncommon for the glue to break down over time and they fall off, we see it time and time again. The body is pretty much dent and ding free which is fantastic when you talk about being a good-sized 27-year-old sedan. The exterior has been kept largely OEM but doesn't mean that it hasn't been tweaked. The front lower grille has been trimmed in order to fit the massive HKS front mount intercooler. Admittedly they did a pretty good job of trimming to bumper to make it looks nearly like a factory optioned piece. While the stock wheels are fine, frankly they do have a bit of a Camry vibe to them. The bronze 17" Bridgestone Zeit Phanomenale Intelligenz 6 spokes on the other hand spice things up a bit. Aside from being a bit more aggressive, the bronze color really pops against the green metallic. While the 17's are slightly larger than stock, those with a keen eye will notice that the ride height is a bit lower than stock to get the fitment right on point. Tein adjustable coilovers were fitted at all four corners to not only cut down on body roll but also give it a bit better ride height.
The interior of the JZX90 has been well cared for and it shows. Like the exterior, it has been kept mostly all original with a few nice little additions. Atop the dash is an HKS EVC that's easy to read yet not in your way like many aftermarket gauges tend to be. The main reason for the addition of the EVC is the fact the Chaser is also running an HKS F-Con S. The F-Con is designed to give your control over your fuel and timing with several different maps available for when you decide to turn up the boost. Otherwise, everything looks very familiar and in shockingly good condition. The number one wear item in every car is the driver's seat, but barring some bolster breakdown it's held up impressively well. The passenger and rear seats are equally clean and free of any major wear or stains. The dash has no sun damage, cracks, or other types of damage which is a relatively common issue. The same can be said about the center console trim as its not uncommon to see it to be cracked along the edges. The door panels are also in excellent shape, free of any real signs of wear or delamination which is common with some of the other manufacturers. The interior as a whole is quite nice and is fitted with all of the power features you'd expect to find. Power windows, locks, and folding mirrors work as they should, and occupants benefit from cold A/C and automatic climate control. The aftermarket head unit does function but chances are you'll want to swap it out for something more useful and current stateside. The only thing that isn't currently working is the tachometer which in an auto is generally irrelevant. Chances are you can have the cluster repaired to get it working again if it annoyed you that much.
Under the hood is what really makes this car special. In a sea of econoboxes, a sedan powered by the brutish 1JZ-GTE is remarkable. Powering the rear wheels, the 2.5L straight-six has seemingly endless thrust. The twin-turbo 2.5L fires up quickly, care of a freshly installed 12V battery, and happily idles along. The power delivery is what sets this car apart from the Camry you're thinking of from back in the day. Once you get underway and the turbos spool the JZX90 pulls like a freight train. There have been some cooling upgrades as its one of the biggest concerns with any vehicle. Aside from that HKS FMIC it also has an A'PEXi aluminum radiator. In keeping with that, an A'PEXi intake helps feed the twins and gives you that all familiar flutter when you come off of boost. The powerband is exceptionally linear, from about 3,500 to redline the 1J never feels like it's going to end. The sound is epic, as the JZX uses a Fujitsubo catback to help give the 1J its trademark tone. The automatic transmission sends the power to the back wheels the way a proper saloon should. And while many hate on the automatics, this transmission is shockingly good. It's ideal when cruising around town or making your normal commute, but when you want to get around someone it's quick to respond. The shifts are crisp, and you don't have a massive delay when waiting for it to transition. When you need to slow down, the front brakes are very grabby and slow this four-door down incredibly well. Our trained techs have gone over the Chaser to get it back in top shape. Aside from that new battery, it has fresh rubber all around, a new serpentine belt, and a new A/C compressor. With everything back up to speed you've got a serious sedan on your hands. As one of the most underrated platforms out there, don't sleep on the Chaser or you'll get left in a cloud of dust.
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