1993 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80
Pending Sale: $18,495
Stock Number: 4855
SUVs these days have become more about status and luxury than actual off-road prowess which is a real shame. Your options for something that can tackle the dirt just as well as a trip to Costo in comfort have been severely limited over the past decade or so. Toyota was well aware of this fact and continued to build proper off-roaders, while still realizing that they can partake in both segments in order to build to the best of both worlds. Fitted with all the modern luxuries you'd want like a power sunroof and CoolBox center console all while retaining its go anywhere do anything attitude. Our latest '93 is a proper blend of a more modern-looking offroader than the more traditional small wheel big tire setup which is a nice change of pace. While wheels are a particularly subjective topic, but if you decide the 35 x 12.5 x 20 MKW wheels aren't quite your style you at least know you can replace them with some serious meat. White was a particularly rare color to find on an SUV from the factory, and this one is no exception. Originally it left the factory in the more typical Dark Emerald Pearl (6M1) but has since undergone a full color swap to Diamond Pearl White (051) with Light Beige Metallic (4K1) accents. The color combo is absolutely killer and rather well done. The only hint that this was the original color is when you pop the hood, which frankly isn't something you'd really be showing off in the first place. They even thought to add the LED turn signal side view mirrors to match the newer LED tails. The end result is a real head-turner. The paint job itself was good, but we wouldn't consider it show quality. There is some slight trash in the paint and some small chips along the rubber gaskets for the fender flairs, but nothing you wouldn't expect to find on any of these. The same can be said about the bodywork, with the exception of a door ding or two there's nothing worth noting.
The interior had plenty of options and power accessories back in '93, and surprisingly, still looks current. The dash is in good shape, which can be an issue with something of this size, lacking any major imperfections or sun damage. The seats look and feel luxurious thanks to the two-tone Alcantara seats. The seats are in fantastic shape which is often an issue with taller trucks like this. Usually, we expect to see some bolster wear, but luckily this one has been spared over the years. The only spot to make note of is the headrest on the passenger seat which looks a bit crumpled along the edge. The door panels and carpeting have been kept up with just as well, even the cargo area is in right good shape. This VX Limited originally came with the factory third row, hence the dual-zone climate control and sliding back glass, but was ditched at some point for the extra space. The third row really is only designed for kids to use in the first place. The woodgrain and leather steering wheel and shift knob make for a nice pop of color while keeping things classy. The radio has been replaced with a newer Alpine 1.5 din, which makes it easier to swap out for something more compatible here stateside. The speakers sound fine, but when the only station you can get is NPR it's hard to tell if the small aftermarket sub in the trunk is actually hooked up. You'll also find the OEM floor mats and a cargo cover as well which we don't see very often. The VX came fully loaded when it comes to your comfort and convenience items. Power sunroof, automatic climate control, CoolBox center console, cruise control, power windows/mirrors/locks, and even a compass and altimeter to name just a few.
Toyota's 4x4 systems have always been known for their durability, capabilities, and simplicity. The 80 makes the most of this with it's smooth 1FZ-FE straight-six it'll be tough to get this one stuck. With a mere 127K verified miles the bruty 4.5L quickly jumps to life with a twist of the key thanks to a new 12V battery and sounds surprisingly good thanks to the catback dual-tip exhaust. It also looks pretty darn good poking out from the chrome bumper. The gas 1FZ engine is as good as advertised; with the near vibration-free straight-six layout it makes for an ideal daily driver. The biggest draw with these motors is the fact they were also used here stateside meaning that anything you need for it can be picked up at your local Napa or a quick delivery from RockAuto. Acceleration is quite linear as the robust automatic transmission sails through the gears. The auto in these are surprisingly pleasant around town and don't feel like the typical slushbox you think of that most 90's cars came equipped with. The 4WD system works as it should and can keep you on the roads in the sleet or snow without breaking a sweat. An electronic center locking differential can be engaged with a click of a button on the dash, and the front and rear axles benefit from electronic limited-slip differentials. The truck rides generally well but you do notice the oversized tires for sure. If you're not used to a setup like this is can catch you a little off guard as it does have a bit of a tendency to follow road grooves. Real SUVs are dead, replaced by lifted sedans sarcastically known as crossovers. The good news is, if you prefer the real deal, these Japanese Cruisers offer lower miles and better options than anything offered stateside.
*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.