1994 Toyota Hiace SuperCustom

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Stock Number: 4281

If you really want to see the difference between a Japanese vehicle and an American one, a passenger van is the best place to start. While millions of American children were ferried to soccer practice in Grand Caravans, Astros, and Aerostars, the Japanese were riding around in style. This 1994 Toyota HiAce SuperCustom Limited is offered with only 53K verified miles. Packed with features such as triple sunroofs, lounge seating, and an OEM television; its hard to believe this van was produced over a quarter-century ago. Finished in Toyotas Gray Tri-Coat Metallic, the body is in good shape other than a few minor scratches, scuff, and dings associated with normal use. Fresh off its recent maintenance, this van packs room for eight and delivers a premium ride to keep everyone comfortable along the way.

The spacious interior of the HiAce leaves little to be desired. Upfront the driver and passenger have plenty of shoulder room, and due to the cab-forward design, the visibility is impressive. The ride height allows you to see over traffic, and the copious amounts of side glass make lane changes a breeze. Large and small drivers benefit from a power seat and power-adjustable column so they can fit comfortably. A digital dash displays all the vehicle vitals, and from a technological standpoint is pretty impressive. Cupholders, power windows, locks, and mirrors are convenience features to be enjoyed by the front two passengers. Manually actuated, the front sunroof tilts for ventilation, and a functional A/C provides some additional cooling. The OEM audio works as it should, and powers the speakers to provide sound through the cabin. All the seats are trimmed in a soft, Cognac colored cloth. They are soft to the touch and devoid of any major damage on any of the rows. The middle row, a bench, can fully recline and also swivel 180 degrees to face the back row. Access to both rows is easy thanks to a large single sliding rear door. Like many new BMWs, it features soft-close technology. If one of your rugrats leaves the door ajar, which could drain the new battery, this Toyota will electronically close the main sliding door. Of note, a factory five-inch TV sits atop the roof, and second-row climate control is included for those located in the rear of the vehicle. Privacy tint keeps prying eyes off your cargo and also keeps temps down inside. The panoramic sunroof located in the center of the vehicle can retract fully and the rearmost row has a sunroof as well for a view of the sky above. At full speed, the interior noise level is relatively quiet, but if you have some windows down it can be a tinge tough to hear those in the back row. The JoyTalk built-in intercom system is handy for communication albeit a bit eccentric.

The 2.4L gasoline engine sits mid-mounted between the front passengers, and powers the rear wheels. The simple 2RZ-E 2.4L mill is refined and powerful enough to bring the big van up to freeway speeds. The gearing is such that it's still plenty peppy at city speeds. The automatic transmission still shifts smoothly, and will neither hesitate or clunk under the rigors of daily driving. Frankly, it's surprising there is such little slack in this vans drivetrain and is really a testament to the build quality of Toyota's of this era. Benefitting from a new battery, this reliable steed can handle startups in the coldest of winters. The maintenance has been brought up to date, and a fresh oil and filter service ensures that no scheduled maintenance is needed for another five thousand kilometers. The steering is pleasantly light, and the short wheelbase and rear-drive layout promote an incredibly tight turn radius. The TEMS adjustable suspension was cutting edge at the time and handles bumps large and small without a sweat. The brakes are quite touchy in the HiAce and stop this van quicker than the average Toyota hauler. If you run into some inclement weather, new all-season tires have been mounted and balanced at all corners four to handle the elements.

The HiAce SuperCustom delivers up to eight in Supreme comfort and boasts some unique and convenient factory options. With Toyota's attention to detail and bulletproof engineering, this van will be enjoyed for years to come, and is without a doubt a Japanese Classic!.

*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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