1993 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SX

Sold: $21,995

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Stock Number: 4864

It is true that domestically, we did get some pretty neat Land Cruiser models. Still, the consensus for stateside enthusiasts is that we missed out on all the best models like this 1993 KZJ78. Finished in a stylish Slate Blue over Gray Metallic Two-Tone; it's accessorized by a set of Factory rain guards and some polished 5 spoke alloys. The body is in good shape other than some minor dings and chips associated with normal use. Best of all this 4WD rig is powered by one of Toyota's most reliable engines, the 1KZ-TE turbodiesel. It even includes a third row and a few nice power accessories to boot! Recently serviced and legally imported, this Prado SX is the forbidden fruit of Toyota trucks and a surefire Japanese Classic.

The interior was updated several times over this model's lifetime, and it actually includes a fair amount of convenience items. The cabin is in good shape, spacious, and has seating for seven. The dash is in good nick lacking any major imperfections and offers a clear view of the road ahead. The driver benefits from an adjustable steering column and the stock steering wheel was replaced with a classy Momo wood grain unit. Other power features include electric locks, windows. For those who require a little extra ventilation, an electric sunroof can be retracted for a little more of a breeze. While the mirrors were powered they now must be manually adjusted. A few other expensive items can be found around the vehicle, such as fitted leather seat covers and an Alpine head unit that works as it should. The manual climate system is easy to operate and the heat blows hot for the next 6 more weeks of winter. The headliner, door cards, and carpet are all clean and in good shape additionally. The third row folds up against the D pillar and the slit rear barn doors open wide for cargo loading.

The underpinnings are durable, stout, and simplistic. The engine is one of Toyotas best ever built; the 1KZ-TE. Thanks to a newly installed 12V battery, she cranks over promptly and sets into a confident idle. While the 154K miles the odo reads hasn't been verified, frankly we have no reason to doubt it based on condition. While the four-banger isn't the most refined mill it makes incredible torque and is relatively efficient (for SUV standards.) It also benefits from a fresh oil and filter service, ensuring no scheduled service will be needed to another 3,000 miles. Mated to an automatic gearbox, this large 'ute has no issues getting up to speed or cruising at interstate speeds. The transmission shifts as it should and is geared just fine for US roadways. The long-wheelbase makes the ride quality less choppy than the two-door variants at speed. Large and small road imperfections are handled without an issue and the braking system is confident slowing this rig down. If you happen to encounter loose surfaces or inclement weather, a selective transfer case is standard and includes a low gear setting. Additionally, HUB-lock can assist in the worst weather situations and the all-terrain tires are full of tread for safety's sake.

*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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