1993 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

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Stock Number: 4176

Straddling the line between modern conveniences and iconic heritage is the J70 generation Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Like the FJ40 series that came before it, the 70 features boxy, iconic styling and a durable low displacement diesel engine that can transport you just about anywhere you want to go. Yet unlike its predecessors, the Prado is equipped with a more livable interior, power accessories, and is infinitely more polished. Redone from its original hue in a deep Jet Black, the body is straight sans the regular dings and scuffs associated with normal use. The clear coat is still lustrous, and aside from some light fading on the hood, it is more than serviceable. Rare factory rain guards, privacy tint, and aluminum trim dress up the subtle exterior and set off the aluminum 15-inch alloys, fitted with new Achilles Desert Hawk tires. Freshly maintained, our 1993 Cruiser eager and ready to start its next journey here in the US, whether it's on or off the beaten path.

The cockpit of the 70 is simple and straightforward. Being sandwiched between the completely modern FJ80 and the older 60/40 series, it's nice to see some modern conveniences. Power windows, and remote locks, and a tilt wheel can all be found. The seats, all trimmed in gray and charcoal, are in good condition overall. The driver's side has a small hole, but otherwise, the quality of the front buckets is better than most 25-year-old vehicles. The middle row, a bench seats three comfortably, and can be tilted forward to access the rear jump seats. They two most rearward seats fold down from the d-pillar to be utilized and folded back up in a snap. The carpets and door cards are still in good nick, and the headliner is devoid of any major staining or sagging. A couple of swaths of faux wood dash trim were installed in Japan to class up the interior, and additional matching bits can be found around the automatic shifter. A few small cracks the size of a dime or two should be noted at the top of the dash by the bezel. All the gauges function, and the climate control and audio bits function properly. A pioneer touch screen has been swapped in at some point, but we always recommend installing a US head unit to modernize the AV functions a bit.

Under the long bonnet is one of those indestructible Toyota engines that we have all come to love. The 2L-TE 2.5L turbo diesel is a torquey little mill and fires up every time, care of a freshly installed 12V battery. With 118K verified miles, it's only now just getting broken in. The four-banger settles into a constant idle, and benefits from a new serpentine belt and fresh oil and filter service. Acceleration is easy up to highway speeds, and the automatic transmission shifts into gear as it should. Power is sent to all four wheels, and mounted next to the turn stalk, are selectable '4WD high' and 'Hub lock' switchgear. The suspension has tons of clearance and decent approach angles if you have some off-road fun planned. The brakes stop the big four-door ute well, and as mentioned before, the new rubber will only help to aid grip and performance further.

Unique and useful utes like the Prado are tough to find here in the USA. The iconic styling and Toyota dependability make this a surefire, turn-key Japanese Classic.

*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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