1993 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado KZJ78

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Stock Number: 4613

Over the years SUVs have moved away from the rugged, purpose-driven side of things to more of a luxury/status symbol like the G wagon for instance. Toyota's Land Cruiser made its name by being bulletproof with its ability to conquer whatever was thrown at it. However, as the years passed they too began to soften with models like the 80 series being geared more towards trips to Costco than a muddy back trail. Luckily Toyota made an effort to stick to their roots keeping the 70 series as a properly rugged, off-roading brick. It's brooding boxy design never goes out of style, especially in a one-off Cavalry Blue. Obviously, the color choice is not a factory option, originally it was black. The respray was really well done and is a spectacular choice. The blue and black combo looks killer and gives the 70 a particularly unique look. All of the bits like the bumpers, mirrors, fender flairs, and even the lights have been smoked. They did go through and paint match all the door jambs, meaning the only way you'd know it wasn't a factory color is under the hood. The respray looks to be relatively recent meaning it has minimal blemishes overall. We never rule out some minor things like stone chips and a door ding or two, but nothing of real concern. Rolling on a set of blacked-out 33" BF Goodrich mud-terrains builds on its offroad prowess and really does help lock down the looks of the brooding 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 striped two-tone interior definitely feels like the '90s yet somehow doesn't feel as dated as most US vehicles do. The seats are well-bolstered and just as great cruising down the highway and getting off on a dirt trail. Normally we expect to see some bolster wear on lifted trucks like this due to climbing in and out but luckily this one shows hardly any signs of use. The front seats normally take the brunt of the wear, but both middle and rear rows are equally clean. The matching door cards are equally clean and haven't begun to sag. The factory third-row jump seats are great in a pinch when you need to carry a few extra buddies. Due to their nature, you can fold them up for added storage space in a breeze. If you'd rather have the storage space you can easily remove a few quick bolts and nearly double the cargo space. While the carpeting is in good shape, you also have the original floor mats for an extra layer of coverage. As expected power windows and locks function as they should, and an adjustable steering column and manual climate control to keep everyone comfortable.

The underpinnings of the platform are about as robust and reliable as it gets. The 3.0L 1KZ-TE turbo diesel is known for its bulletproof reliability and abundance of torque off hand. With a mere 112K verified miles this Cruiser is ready to tackle whatever you have to throw at it. Without a doubt, the 3.0L was the best motor never offered here and infamous for being nearly indestructible. The large four-cylinder fires up quickly for being a diesel and sounds as tough as it looks. Make no bones about it, this isn't your neighbor's F350 with a 5" exhaust but it does have the trademark diesel clatter. Idle is as smooth as a huge four-cylinder can be, and the sound isn't terribly invasive in the cabin wither. This reliable turbo diesel gets up to highway speed quickly and effortlessly considering the size of the tires. A byproduct of this style tire is that it does create some excess tire whine at speeds that a more traditional all season wouldn't. Most familiar with this sort of setup already know what they're getting into. The stout automatic transmission shifts well, and the robust 4WD system will get you out of any bind. The suspension has a slight lift to give some additional ground clearance, yet surprisingly doesn't have much impact on ride quality. Of course, this isn't your grandpa's Cadillac DTS but they're plenty comfy for your daily commute or a weekend road trip. Thanks to a fresh battery and oil change the Prado is turn key and ready to start its new US adventure. Unique and useful offroaders like the 70 are tough to find here stateside, let along with a drivetrain like this. This overland icon is a classic for a reason, now is your chance to finally experience it for yourself!

*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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