1994 Surf SSR-X V6
The second-generation 4Runner/Hilux Surf platform is more fun than it gets credit for, and it's also plenty capable, too. Most modern SUVs are big, lumbering, and completely insulated from the road, whereas the Surf is the polar opposite. For those who want to command the road, this 1994 is much more sporty and nimble than current trucks. The body on the frame platform is able to handle tons of abuse, although this manual gearbox-equipped version seems babied. Fresh off a recent service, our SSR-X boasts a mere 81k verified and documented miles on the clock and is turn-key ready to drive off the lot. Finished in a new coat of Copper Crest (4Y5), a new Lexus color, this Hilux is set off by gunmetal refinished alloy wheels wrapped in new 31" A/Ts, a bedlined bull bar, and OEM chrome mirror caps. Aside from a few light blemishes, this Surf is no worse for the wear and the cabin is nicely appointed as well. Tough, reliable, and rewarding to drive, this VZN130 is a bonafide Japanese Classic that's easy to service and a joy to own!
The cabin is in wonderful shape and was clearly cared for in Japan. Unlike many of these Surfs, the dashboard lacks any cracking and even the functional OEM sunroof was equipped. It only gets better from there, and in Japan, a Pioneer radio upgrade was performed, which sounds decent and supplements the V6 soundtrack. A simple-to-use climate control system is mounted above and can cycle cold A/C and piping hot heat through the cabin. The seats are trimmed in a durable gray cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are comfortable on long cruises. If you are behind the wheel you not only get adjustable lumbar support but also a tilt adjustable steering wheel. Power windows and door locks all function and make daily use more enjoyable. Even the rear hatch glass can power rescind into the tailgate to invite in some additional smells for a four-legged friend. The headliner is in above-average shape and the door cards and carpets have withstood the past 25 years without sustaining major abuse. Aside from only one power side mirror working, its really hard to complain about the cabin and this interior is in much better nick than American examples.
Under the skin this truck shares mechanicals with our domestic 4Runners. The 3VZ V6 under the hood is compact and easy to work on. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.0L churns to life care of a new 12v battery. The engine air filter and fuel filter were replaced with new units, too, and new spark plugs and wires were added for proper fuel combustion. To complete our refresh under the hood, a new distributor cap and rotor were installed. The six-pot is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox that delivers a more involved driving experience. It lacks any grinding and the gearing is great for putting about the town or flying down the interstate. If rough weather comes through, the twin-stick setup allows the driver to engage 4WD on the fly. For sand and snow, a low range can be utilized, too. The suspension is predictable and includes all the ground clearance you'll ever need. The power steering is light yet on point and the small exterior size makes this ride easy to maneuver around a crowded parking lot. Slowing down is a stress-free affair and one of our trained techs has bolstered the brakes with a new set of front pads and rotors. To complete the Surfs refresh, we mounted and balanced a new set of 31" Falkens to deliver tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip to come. Whether as a daily driver of weekend playtoy, this Surf would be a wonderful option and they are only going up in value from here.
*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.