1994 Toyota Hilux SSR-G Trim
Pending Sale: $15,995
Stock Number: 4468
When you picture a true automotive enthusiast's SUV, something like this 1994 Hilux may come to mind. The SSR-G trim level cars came with tons of desirable equipment including handsome Recaro interior, power sunroof, and adjustable suspension, making it all that more collectible. Best of all this Dark Blue Pearl (8E3) example is optioned with bulletproof 3.0L 1KZ-TE turbodiesel and a true five-speed manual gearbox. The body is in good shape other than some clearcoat fading a few minor dings, scuffs, and chips associated with normal use. For the occasional adventure, camping trip, over as a daily driver, this Hilux Surf is a killer buy.
The interior on the Hilux is logically laid out, and made of quality materials. Using the aluminum running board to hop into the cabin, the first thing one notices is the commanding ride height and visibility. The steering column adjusts for drivers of all sizes; power windows, locks, and mirrors are standard. The dash is in good shape along with the door cards and headliner which are clean and properly upholstered. There is some light staining to the carpets and front seats, but its largely nitpicking on a vehicle of this age. Speaking of the seats, the Recaro's steal the show. Aggressively bolstered, with a classy gray and black cloth, they are comfy for long cruises and lack and major rips, stains, or tears. The climate control is automatic and works as it should; the A/C blows cold and should be ready for these next summer months. For those who prefer more natural ventilation, an optional factory sunroof tilts and retracts depending on your preference. OEM rain guards reduce the in-cabin turbulence and make conversations easier when the windows are rolled down. The rear window fully retracts as well, and the cargo area is large enough for the family and all their luggage. A Bluetooth equipped Pionnner head unit is the last interior upgrade to note. It works great and pipes tunes around the cabin.
The driveline is rugged and dependable, and many Toyota fans believe its one of the best ever built. It's hard to argue with the proven track record of the 1KZ, and this particular turbodiesel runs like a champ. We couldn't verify the mileage prior to leaving Japan, but the cluster reads 69K miles and the condition is indicative of that. The Speedometer is inoperable which could have an indication as to why the mile couldn't be verified. Fresh off a diesel specific oil and filer service, the four-cylinder happily jolts to life with a turn of the key. The engine also benefits from a new air filter to improve fuel economy and performance. Acceleration is linear and constant and the five-speed cars get moving a touch quieter than their automatic siblings. The manual doesn't grind or groan and feels reasonably communicative for a truck. The suspension is confident and takes our stateside road imperfections without a complaint. The TEMS system has the ability to change the ride quality between firm and soft on the fly and was cutting edge back in the mid-'90s. The brakes handle this brute curb weight without a sweat and the steering is light and power-assisted. Our trained technicians have mounted new, all-season rubber to the factory alloys to handle surfaces lose and dry.
This manual Hilux is the real deal. For those who want a true stickshift 4x4, there are very few options left these days. This type of Toyota truck is unique, capable, and reliable which is everything you could ask for in 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.