1993 Toyota Prado 3.0TD
Available for: $17,995
Somewhere along the line, truck-based SUVs turned into tall soft-roading sedans. This 1993 Land Cruiser is the real deal, with its body on frame platform and nearly bulletproof turbodiesel driveline. Finished in a stately Dark Emerald Green (24V), this rig is accented by a set of OEM front rainguards, LED tail lights, and a refinished set of 15" gunmetal wheels. Aside from a few light dings, chips, and scuffs this paint is no worse for the wear, and this recently serviced Toyota has been well kept and is offered with 197k verified and documented miles. Perfect for families on the go, year-round adventurers, and JDM enthusiasts alike, it's easy to see why these are so collectible. Reliable, practical, and stylish these legendary Landy's are the definition of a Japanese Classic and are only going up in value from here!
The cabin is spacious and nicely equipped for a vehicle that debuted before Tetris was invented. The view of the road ahead is commanding thanks to this Toyota's tall ride height. The dash does display the typical cracks, but aside from this commonly seen issue, there is little else to complain about. The seats are in above average shape and steal the show, with their blue and gray textured cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are soft to the touch. The driver's chair even has an adjustable lumbar support which pairs with the tilt-adjustable steering column. Power windows, power locks, and power windows make daily use more enjoyable and this Prado even boasts the optional retractable sunroof. A simple to use climate system blasts cold A/C which is going to be necessary this summer if the humidity gets to you. The headliner, door cards, and carpets are in fair shape and the cargo area is decently sized for a weekend camping escape. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as there is some carpet damage in the cargo area, and the nonoriginal head unit delivers subpar audio quality but that is an easy enough fix. Still, at 25 years of age, this LC has aged gracefully and is surprisingly comfortable for a vehicle of this vintage!
The simple and sturdy ladder platform can handle loads of use and abuse. It is one of the main reasons so many of these neat trucks still exist. The other reason is the nearly bulletproof 1KZ-TE. What this 3.0L lacks in refinement, it more than makes up for in terms of reliability, fuel economy, and raw power. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the four-banger cranks to life care of a new 12v battery. Linked to a slick-shifting automatic, power is fed to two or all four wheels depending on the driver's preference. A new transmission mount was installed by one of our trained techs to remove some unwanted slack in the driveline. Acceleration is impressive for something with the same aerodynamic drag coefficient as a brick, and this boxy bruiser sails up to highway speeds without breaking a sweat. You can also drive at 75MPH sustained, which is surprising to many. For loose surfaces, the selective transfer case has a setting for low and high-range 4WD. If the going gets really tough the hubs can can be engaged with a dash mounted switch. The suspension offers lots of ground clearance and is predictable over pavement, which is likely where most driving will be done. The brakes are capable and the power steering is light, yet on point. New 31.5" Falken all-terrain rubber completes the shop work and a fresh alignment allows this rig to drive straight as an arrow. The new rubber looks mean, quiets down road noise, and most importantly, will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.