1993 Toyota Hiace 2.4L
Driving this 1993 Toyota HiAce Super Custom Limited, is like stepping back in a time machine. At the beginning of the 90's this was the future; the sculpted aerodynamics, cab forward design, and thoughtful interior made the HiAce the preeminent Japanese hauler of the decade.
Starting on the exterior, the appearance has been kept mostly original. At 76K verified miles, the Toyota White Pearl Metallic Tricoat paint is in great shape, and is lustrous. The body panels, as well, are in good shape for the vehicle’s age, and and traditionally untilitarian use, and have no major dents or dings. The clearcoat shines nicely, and the factory two tone color scheme works well. Even the Toyota badges and decals have managed to withstand the wear of the past quarter century, and note that this is no base trim level car. For starters, other features on the model include three pop-up moon roofs, an entertainment suite, and a bevy of interior seating configurations, uncommon to even in today's domestic mini-vans.
Inside a number of interesting options can be found, which include a digital dash, reclinable lounge seating, and full bevy of power amenities. Seating is available for up to seven with swiveling center row seats. Overall the interior is in excellent shape, and the door cards, carpet, seats, and headliner are devoid of any large blemishes. The wine colored interior is incredible, and the seats feel like a Chesterfield sofa. The material is soft, and has an almost velour-like feel. The bolstering is supportive, yet cushy, which further insulates passengers from the environment outside.The driver side is even powered, and the tilt column is functional and motorized. If you wish to enjoy some privacy, the cabin is surrounded by linen curtains, and actually still has a built the built in television with remote. Behind the front row, occupants enjoy their own separate a/c zones and climate settings. The Japanese were the first to realize that passengers shouldn't be any less comfortable than the driver, and this van demonstrates that. The rear vented sunroofs are also functional, which is a rarity, and the center panoramic assembly opens and retracts, giving rear occupants a view of the starts above. The radio player works well, and the interior layout is not overly cluttered. Beyond the familiar controls, unlike US Toyota's of the time, sonar backup and power folding mirrors came as standard equipment.
The 2.4L 2RZ-E engine (gasoline) has recently received maintenance within the past 500 miles and is ready for its next adventure. The reliable, 2.4L mill is inexpensive to maintain and comfortable driving at highway speeds. Our expert technicians have fitted a set of rubber all around, ensuring that the next owner can take this van wherever they want, as soon as they leave the dealership. The engine starts right away, idles correctly, and does not hesitate under acceleration. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly, and without issue. Power is sent to the rear wheels, which improves fuel economy over the 4wd version, and the vehicle is especially well suited for long freeway cruises. The TEMS (Toyota Electronic Modulated Suspension) system is standard on this model and appears to be functioning correctly. The short wheelbase is great for uneven terrain if you need a bit of ground clearance, and also lends itself to a tight turning radius. The steering is feather light and the suspension wafts over poor road surfaces. This Hiace combines the some great traits. Its durable, useful, and futuristic approach to design makes this Toyota a perfect Japanese Classic, turn key ready for any adventure.
*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.