1993 Toyota Hilux Surf Type-G
Stock Number: 4554
The Hilux is known for its legendary reliability and off-road capabilities. This impressive, 1993 Hilux Surf SSR-G has all the right equipment and options and comes ready to tackle stateside on and off-road terrain. The Toyota Hilux built its reputation of being tough as nails and it comes as no surprise. Packing a brutey turbo diesel, an equally capable 4WD system, and room for four adults makes for a great combination. Being the SSR-G trim means that it was their top of the line option which came with a few special features like the full factory Recaro interior. Finished in a stately Evergreen Pearl (751) makes for a unique color that we haven't seen up until this point on a Surf. The color has a nice subtle metallic pop out in the sunline yet is dark enough to help mask some of the routine dirt and grime from daily driving. The paint itself shows particularly well for its age and really has been kept blemish-free. No used vehicle is every perfect, so it does have some light scratches and stone chips, but it doesn't look like it spent much (if any) time as someone's trail rig. The bodywork matches the paint with no real concerns to note other than a door ding or two. New 31" Falken All-Terrains give the Surf a more properly rugged stance that's far more fitting for the go anywhere, do anything nature of these. The factory brush guard and oversized Bosch fogs also help out in this department.
The Recaro interior package is the big standout of the SSR-G trim level and looks beautiful inside the cabin. The seats are supportive and well-bolstered and provide plenty of adjustment to get the perfect seating position. Not only are the seats a nice upgrade but they’ve been kept in great condition, which is a rare find on these Recaro interior models. The headliner and carpet look good and are free of any stains, with the door panels showing just as well. Even the rear cargo area looks surprisingly good considering these were built to be legitimate haulers, not luxury sedans. For those bigger trips to Lowes or Costco, the 50/50 split-folding rear seats nearly double your carrying capacity. And with the trademark roll down back glass, you can even grab those 10' 2x4s without any issues. For day to day life Toyota made sure now to skimp out on amenities. Power windows with factory rain guards for that extra ventilation regardless of the weather is a nice touch. For days where it's just too hot the A/C pumps out and cools the cabin rather quickly. They did opt out of the sunroof option on this one which is nice since it cuts down on overhead heat and one less potential place for leaks. While we haven't had a chance to fully test it out the new wood grain wheel still retains the factory cruise control. To play off the wheel a woodgrain veneer was added to the dash which is a nice touch. The Surf does have its original radio which works to a degree stateside, but unfortunately the OEM 4" pop out TV does not. Even inop it makes for a neat little party trick. The other basics like power windows and power mirrors are all functioning as they should.
Powered by the rugged 3.0L 1KZ-TE turbo diesel engine this Hilux is ready to tackle whatever you have to throw at it. Without a doubt, the 3L was the best motor never offered here and famous for being indestructible. The large four-cylinder fires up quickly, more like a gas motor than your normal diesel. Idle is as smooth as a huge four-cylinder can be, and the diesel clatter is pretty minimal in the cabin. This reliable turbo diesel gets up to highway speed quickly for a full-sized SUV, and is comfortable cruising at highway speeds. Paired with a selectable 4WD system, the stout automatic transmission shifts well, and pretty crisp all things considered. As anyone would reasonably assume the 5K miles the dash reads is not accurate. While we don't know for sure when the cluster was swapped the timing belt was replaced at 56,608 miles so it feels safe to assume that the 61K miles should be pretty accurate based on the condition. Luckily these diesels are proven to be bulletproof so 61K is merely its break-in period. Mechanically it was clearly well maintained as it didn't need too much when we processed it through the shop. 5 new Falken tires will set you up for miles to come, along with a new air filter and a routine oil change. The suspension does great at sorting out all the bumps, and the steering is light and easy to articulate. Toyota's TEMS systems gives the suspension some additional adjustability depending on road conditions. This capable, unique, and reliable SUV is a timeless design. Its over-engineered diesel drivetrain, sterling reputation for a low cost of ownership, and curb appeal make it an instant classic. Whether you're looking for a proper daily driver or a platform to build a wild trail rig off of, the Hilux has you covered.
*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.