1994 Toyota JZX90 Mark II
Available for: $12,995
Without a doubt one of the most practical, performance sedans, on the market today the JZX90 checks all the right boxes. The Mark II's practical dimensions allows for four full size adults to fit comfortably, with a trunk to match, all while secretly producing more power than most sports cars of the era. Finished in Toyota's Dark Green Mica (6N2) the color has a very subtle look that really shines out in the sunlight. Being that this a 1994 it does show some signs of daily use. This on the flip side makes it an ideal candidate for those looking to really drive and enjoy their car. We get a lot of people in search of show cars where you wind up being too scared to ever park it at the grocery store. This one does have some small bumper scuffs and touch up paint around the body. The clearcoat is free of any cracking or peeling, but has lost some luster over time. Any car of this vintage would greatly benefit from a good paint correction to help bring it back to life. Otherwise there’s nothing particularly concerning or note worthy on this one; just a great candidate for someone looking for a proper 4 door sport sedan.
The interior of the JZX90 has been well cared for and it shows. No modifications have been made inside the cabin although the previous owner removed the double din head unit before leaving Japan. The number one wear item in every car is the driver's seat. Barring a little bit of bolster wear it's held up impressively well. The passenger and rear seats are equally clean and free of any major wear. The dash has no sun damage, cracks, or other types of damage which is a relatively common issue. The door panels are also in excellent shape, free of any real signs of wear. The interior as a whole is quite nice and is fitted with all of the power features you'd expect to find. Power windows, mirrors, automatic climate control, auto headlights lights, all operating as you'd expect. The A/C is blasting cold, so no worries about sweating to death on your morning commute. One unexpected touch is the bag used in lieu of a handbrake cover, it's very Crown Royal shift boot esque.
Under the hood is what really makes this car shine. The 1JZ-GTE is a brute of a motor with more than enough to get this sedan rolling down the highway. The twin turbo 2.5L fires up quickly, and surprisingly is surprisingly quiet in stock trim. The power delivery is what sets this car apart from the Camry you're thinking of from back in the day. Once you get under way and the turbos spool the JZX90 pulls like a freight train. The powerband is exceptionally linear, from about 3,500 to redline the 1J never feels like it's going to end. The automatic transmission send the power to the back wheels the way a proper saloon should. And while many hate on the automatics, this transmission is shockingly good. It's ideal when cruising around town or making your normal commute, but when you want to get around someone it's quick to respond. The shifts are crisp, and you don't have a massive delay when waiting for it to transition. The stock suspension is more than sufficient, and leaves you with plenty of space to never worry about ground clearance. For those of us who are a little against that, there are a number of companies in the US building coilovers for these, along with just about any performance part you may be after. This platform is ideal for those after a proper daily driver that still has gobs of untapped potential. Since touching down we've gone over it thrown on 4 new tires and an oil change later, making it ready for it's next big road trip! With only 85K verified miles it's only just getting settled in. One of the most underrated platforms out there, don't sleep on this Mark II.
*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.