1994 Daihatsu Rugger

Sold: $15,995

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Japan got a lot of cool compact 4X4's we never received here stateside. We did, however, see the Daihatsu Rocky for a few years in the early 90s, albeit not with the punchy turbodiesel seen in this 1994 Rugger. Finished in a one-off army green over black, this high-roofed hauler looks the part too, and is set off by some OEM rainguards and aggressive 30" Falken all-terrain rubber. This practical platform makes for a unique adventure mobile and is durable, easy to service, and most importantly a hoot to drive. Best of all, with only 121k verified and documented miles on the ticker, this Rugger is just getting broken in. Most new SUV's are overcomplicated technology-laden burdens, another reason why this Japanese Classic crawler can never go out of style!

The interior is simple, and spartan, and has enough power equipment to make daily driving a walk in the park. Utilitarian in design, yet comfortable and capable, the seats are upholstered in a durable herringbone cloth and have succumbed to little wear and tear outside of some tears on the vinyl side bolsters. The same can be said for the door cards and dash, which are in above-average shape for their age. An off-road gauge pod is tucked away on the dash, within the line of sight of the driver. This Rugger has everything you need and nothing you don't. Easy to use climate control, power windows, power locks, and a manual pop-up sunroof within arms reach. It even has a tilt-adjustable steering column. For additional natural ventilation, the rear windows can also slide open to let out any doggy drool. An Eclipse headunit modernizes the interior and belts out the tunes to supplement your daily commute. The rear bench can tumble forward if extra cargo space is required, and the rear glass roof has resisted any chips over the past couple of decades. If you can see past some light steering wheel wear and fading on the hard plastics, this cabin should suit future occupants nicely! It even includes the OEM carpet floor mats for the American owner, offering an extra level of protection against spills and stains.

Sought after in Japan, and even more so across the pond, the DL62 turbodiesel engine is a formidable performer and a force to be reckoned with on and off the beaten path. Ours has the added benefit of a recent in-house service and this Rugger is ready to rip! We installed a new 12v battery and set of glow plugs to aid ignition, and flushed out the old lubricant with a fresh oil and filter service. To ensure the new owner need not be topping off the oil, we replaced the weary old valve cover gasket with a new one. To keep temps in check a fresh coolant flush was performed by one of our trained techs and we also installed a new thermostat. The 2.8TD is kept clean thanks to a new engine air filter and fuel filter and this near bulletproof mill runs and drives right as rain. Mated to a slick-shifting  5-speed manual and real deal 4WD, this short-wheelbase SUV is ready to take on any terrain. It even has a low range for sand, snow, and mud scenarios. It's capable of hustling up to highway speeds without inducing stress, and sustained freeway driving isn't an issue. The power steering is easy to manipulate and the brakes feel confident thanks to a new master cylinder. The suspension can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse and new rear trailing arm bushings were installed when it was on our lift as was a new front left idler arm. We also rebuilt the rear end while we were at it!  The 15" alloys are wrapped in new grippy rubber at each corner and we added a fresh alignment to ensure those expensive tires will last!

*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.

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