1994 KZJ78 LC Prado
Available for: $21,495
Tough, turn-key classic SUV's are tough to find these days, and this 70 series is about the most timeless chassis we carry. Aggressively styled, easy to own and operate, and backed by a nearly unstoppable turbodiesel drivetrain, these long wheelbase KZJ78's are fan favorites for good reason. Our 1994 Prado is finished in a one-off Galaxy Black/Graphite and is accented by OEM rainguards, a factory spare tire carrier, and a sleek set of refinished factory alloys. It's also racked up a scant 134k verified/documented miles over the years and only shows a few light chips and dings from day to day use, and a record of a replaced bonnet in Japan. Rugged, reliable, and built to stand the test of time, there's no Japanese Classic truck quite like this J78.
You'd expect a rig designed in the early 80's to have a rather barebones interior, but this 70 series is far from the case! Comfortable, accessible, and chock full of amenities, plenty of dealership fans consider the Prado a formidable daily driver and family hauler to boot. The seats are upholstered in a period correct patterned grey cloth. Assuming a velvety texture, the upholstery shows well across all three rows and is free of any unwanted rips, stains, or holes. The dash is compact, giving ample leg and foot room up front, and the vinyl dash cover has resisted most serious cracking or other miscellaneous wear and tear. Nestled away in the center stack, upgraded Carrozzeria audio works like a charm and an adjacent climate control system is ripe with cold A/C and hot heat for those in rapidly changing climates. Further aiding driver comfort, the pilot can tilt the steering wheel at will and power lumbar support is on hand. Additional power equipment includes power windows, locks, and door mirrors, which all work as advertised. The second and third rows can stuff in 6 additional passengers with ease, and if extra cargo space is required, the third row can stow sideways against the D-pillars, and the middle row can tumble forward to create a wide berth in the rear. The headliner is taut against the roof and the carpet underneath is in decent condition overall. Save for some nicks on the door cards and missing covers on the dome lights, this cockpit should please nearly all who occupy it.
As if the chassis didn't have a good enough reputation already, the 1KZ-TE under the bonnet is even better! Ours is fresh off a recent service and cranks over with ease with the help of 2 new 12v batteries. To address some pesky fluid leaks, new valve cover gaskets and half moon seals were installed up top, and a fresh oil and filter service was performed to ensure you won't come up short on lubricant. All new serpentine belts across the board drive your accessories reliably, and with the service performed this 3.0 runs right as rain. The diesel's prodigious low end torque proves beneficial during around town jaunts, and this Prado can easily soar to highway speeds as well. An automatic transmission throws power rearward, and 4WD with electronic locking front hubs can quickly be deployed if an off road excursion is in the cards. For such a classic chassis, the suspension is shockingly refined and feels more than adequate hopping over larger road imperfections. The brakes stop this boxy bruiser on a dime and we wrapped the refinished factory alloys in a set of fresh 31" Falken All Terrains. Not only do the tires make this Prado a performer, but they should deliver tens of thousands of miles of unencumbered day to day grip!
*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.