1993 Toyota Hilux 3.0TD

Sold: $16,495

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Stock Number: 4665

Toyota's Hilux Surf is a tough little ute, that's surprisingly quick with its potent turbodiesel. Finished in a rare and desirable Evergreen (751), the body of this five-seater is in good shape other than some minor dings, scuffs, and nicks associated with normal use. Offered with only 79K verified miles, this 1993 is legally imported, fully documented, and includes a bunch of pricey maintenance items already performed by our trained technicians. This rig is ideal for those who value a well equipped, rugged 4X4, all backed by Toyotas reputation for low cost of ownership and reliability.

The cabin is one of the cleanest Hilux's we have seen in a while. It's obvious how well cared for the interior is, and it reflects prior ownership. Starting at the top, the headliner is tight and taught, upholstered in a gray hue. The textured door cards match the seating surfaces and both look wonderful. The front and rear seats are soft to the touch and lack any major rips stains or tears. They are comfy on long trips and are made of durable material. The most glaring interior deficiency is the lack of an ashtray, but we'd like to think the last owner removed it on purpose. The dash is in good shape, lacking any cracking which is common on vehicles of this age. The ergonomics are surprisingly good, and the interior is anything but cluttered. The factory audio works nicely, as does the A/C and automatic climate system. Power equipment includes a one-touch driver window, locks, and mirrors. A signature feature of the model was its rear power window, that retracts with a press of a button. If you happen to prefer the wind in your hair, OEM rainguards keep the cabin relatively quiet and look good as well. The rear seats fold forward to create a bit more cargo area if necessary and the tailgate can be folded down for a makeshift seat!

Mechanically the Hilux Surf is a simple vehicle, and that could be a good part of the reason why they last so long. The body on frame platform may not be the most refined, but its beefy and can hold up to some serious abuse. This SUV is powered by the most desirable engine optional there was, the 1KZ-TE. At 3.0L, this massive turbodiesel four makes copious amounts of torque from right off idle. Benefitting from a fresh oil and filter service, the I-4 turns over quickly with a twist of the key. She idles well, and all the serpentine belts have been replaced to ensure the smooth operation of the accessories. Acceleration is brisk and the automatic transmission shifts as is should. The driver has the option for 2WD or 4WD based on their preference, and the selective transfer case also has a setting for low gearing. The suspension feels good, and you can adjust the dampening thanks to a switch mounted by the right of the wheel. The brakes are confident and slow the truck down faster than the larger Land Cruisers and Safaris which have heavier curb wights. Aftermarket alloys are all wrapped in new Falken all-terrain rubber that can handle gravel, sand, and snow. We have even replaced the spare tire with a matching Falken.

This particular Hilux is a really nice truck. The combination of low miles, interior condition, sturdy mechanicals, and bulletproof reliability make it tough to pass up on this Japanese Classic.

*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.

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