1993 Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Prado EX
Stock Number: 4615
Built to conquer rugged terrain around the globe, the Land Cruiser is one of the most complete sport utilities ever produced. The 70 series is abundantly capable, and the body four-door variants are universally loved for their styling and spacious interiors. Produced for nearly seven decades, the 78 series four-door trucks are amongst the most iconic ever built. Joking referred to as the Japanese G Wagon around here, the main difference between this and the Merc is Toyota's tried and true reliability. Toyota's Land Cruisers made its name by being bulletproof with the ability to conquer whatever you could throw at it. Finished in Green/Gray (24V) this 3.0 EX is offered with a mere 123K verified miles. The body is in good shape other than the normal dings and clear coat scuffs associated with routine use. The paint color looks fantastic and boy does it pop when you get it out in the direct sunlight. The stock bodywork doesn't need much help as right out of the gate these just look tough. Put it on some new 31" Falken All Terrains and you've got one seriously aggressive-looking truck.
Just because something is utilitarian doesn't mean it can't still come well equipped. While not as option laded as the 80 series, these didn't leave you out in the cold as the old 40 series did. The two-tone Alcanrata seats are very similar to the ones we see in the more luxurious 80 series that offers fantastic support. All three rows are in good shape, free of any typical bolster wear or severe stains. There is a little bit of pilling to the seat base on the driver's side, but nothing of real concern. It only gets better the further back you go, the middle and third-row appear to have had little use over the years. Powered accessories are all around including all the basics like power mirrors, locks, and windows that feature the one-touch driver control. The gauges are all clear and legible and include a fun little indicator light for when the turbo is actually in boost. A large, optional, sunroof lets in light between the front captain's chairs and helps open up the cabin. There's nothing better than cruising around with all the windows down and the sunroof open just rowing through the gears. It even has the factory rain guards to help cut down on wind buffeting and give you some extra ventilation when the weather turns nasty. Of course, you still have the full climate control system for days when it's simply too hot to roll around with the windows down. The A/C system works as it should and does a surprisingly good job of cooling down the cabin for being a 27-year-old system. The factory radio has been removed at some point so we couldn't check out the condition of the speakers. Luckily though any early '90s radio harness adapter will fit so you can put in something more current that also actually works here stateside (since the Japanese use a different AM/FM frequency.)
What better combination could there be than a Toyota turbo diesel with a 3rd pedal and 4WD? The 1KZ-TE is an absolute monster of a motor known for its abundance of torque and bulletproof reliability. The 3.0L was used in just about every platform for Toyota over the years which helps tremendously when it comes to parts availability since these were never actually used here stateside. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the engine starts up quickly and has a surprisingly easy idle for being a massive 4 cylinder. The diesel clatter is relatively tame by comparison to most of the massive trucks running around here stateside. The engine is plenty powerful and sends power to two, or all four wheels, depending on driver preference and situation. The electronic LSD has no issues with putting down the power when you're off the beaten path and has an electronic center lock to tie the front and rear together at the same time. Pair that up with a proper 5-speed manual and you've got yourself a truly unstoppable rig. The clutch is rather light for daily driving and the gearbox is rather tight for being an SUV. The brakes are confident for being on a nearly 5K truck, and the power steering is very light and easy to articulate at low speeds. While you could always step up the suspension for additional ground clearance, but in stock form, it offers plenty of capability and a ride that's comfortable enough for your daily commute. Finding a truly competent off-roader these days has become a real challenge. With most manufacturers moving towards water down cross overs a proper 5-speed diesel has nearly disappeared alongside the dinosaurs. Now is your chance to step up to the plate with a true SUV, the way Toyota knew things should have been.
*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.