1994 Land Cruiser VX 80 Series

Sold: $16,495

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Stock Number: 4581

The Toyota Land Cruiser represents all of the best attributes of the modern sports utility vehicle. The 80 series brought a long list of fresh upgrades, including new sheet metal, an unstoppable 4.5L I-6 power plant, and a more spacious and luxurious interior. This 1994 model, has plenty of room for the family, and a 4WD system capable enough to transport them over most treacherous on or off-road terrain. Finished in one of the best color options available, Dark Green Pearl (6M1) looks great from any angle. The paint has a great metallic flake that really pops in the sunlight yet isn't over the top obnoxious as some of today's paint options. The paint is in great shape with only some minor scratches in the clear and a few typical stone chips. The body is in the same shape with no real notable concerns. Naturally, no vehicle with 95K verified miles is going to be perfect however, this one is certainly well above average. While largely all stock it does sport a set of 8 spoke 16" alloys wrapped in a fresh set of Falken Off-Road rubber which helps to back up the cruisers tough appearance.

The interior is the perfect blend of rugged and refined. The cabin in this Land Cruiser is about as voluminous as it gets from a Japanese export. SUVs are often much smaller found in Japan, in contrast to many stateside trucks. The seats look and feel luxurious thanks to the two-tone Alcantara seats. The seats are in fantastic shape which is often an issue with taller trucks like this. Usually, we expect to see some bolster wear, but luckily this one has been spared over the years. While the 3rd row has been removed for extra space the back seats have been kept up with well. As many enthusiasts are aware, the VX trim level cars are hardly spartan. These come loaded with power amenities such as power locks, folding mirrors, windows, sunroof, "Coolbox," and dual-zone automatic climate control. If you love the sunroof, you'll love the OEM rain guards which allow for a more pleasurable windows-down driving experience. An adjustable steering column and lumbar support make longer trips comfortable, and Toyota even included a cupholder location which is a bit of a rarity for the era. The only modification to the interior is a newer Panasonic head unit, and while it does work, does have limited functionality here stateside. Luckily you can swap it out for a more current double din since everything is interchangeable with the USDM model.

The underpinnings of this huge hauler, are tough and durable. The 1FZ-FE gasoline engine is as good as advertised. With the near vibration-free straight-six layout and easy to find parts availability, its easy to fall in low with. Once more, with this being the same motor utilized stateside you could literally bring it back to the Toyota dealer for service if you wanted to. Its low vibration characteristics make for a more refined ride, and the gasoline mill makes plenty of power. Acceleration up to and above highway speeds isn't an issue, even in a four-thousand pound plus vehicle. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly up and down the gears, and neither clunks nor hesitates during routine use. Slowing this behemoth down might seem like a huge task, but the factory disc brakes are well up to the task. The front and rear limited-slip differentials, and driver actuated center differential lock offers a few mechanical upgrades over the standard version of the car to help to get the Cruiser out of a sticky situation. The gold standard of SUVs, these Land Cruisers provide unbeatable value. US versions regularly sell for similar money in worse condition with triple the miles, so in that sense, these are a steal!

*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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