1994 Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ VX Limited
Pending Sale: $19,995
Stock Number: 4635
The 80 Series Cruisers receive high marks for reliability and civility, all while being able to tackle some of the worst road conditions you can throw at it. Over the years the Land Cruiser has made a name for itself by being one of the most reliable and capable vehicles Toyota has ever produced. The only catch is that we never got the true Land Cruiser here stateside as the 4.2L 1HD-T was kept for themselves back in Japan. Now is your chance to finally get a real deal Cruiser yet still have all access to all the aftermarket options that we have stateside. Our latest '94 has a few goodies like new 33" Falken All Terrains and factory skid plate. Finished in its trademark Dark Emerald Pearl (6M1) this bad boy gleams out in the sunlight. The paint is in good shape, however, there are some blemishes from daily use over the years. There are a few scratches and spots of touchup paint on the fender flairs for instance. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a truck that's 26 years old, and generally only noticeable when you're up close going over it. The bodywork itself looks great with only a routine door ding or two to worry about. Rolling on those 33's gives the Cruiser its imposing looks when you roll up behind a Prius. This one even comes with a hitch already installed to save you some time down the road having to add one.
The interior had plenty of options and power accessories back in '94, and surprisingly, still looks current. The dash is in good shape, which can be an issue with something of this size, lacking any major imperfections or sun damage. There is a nice no-slip pad that was added for a nice place to toss your phone when you're out cruising. 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. The carpeting, headliner, and door panels are in good shape, however, there are a few stains in the cargo area but nothing too egregious. This one is the more desirable of the two options since it didn't have the undersized third row to take up half of the cargo space yet still has all the same goodies. Power sunroof, automatic climate control, CoolBox center console, power windows/mirrors/locks, and even a compass and altimeter to name just a few. These also are one of the few vehicles that came with cruise control as an option since long highway drives aren't the same in Japan as they are stateside. The only two changes from the factory are the wood grain wheel which adds a little flair to the interior and is nice in conjunction with the tilting steering column. The other is an upgraded headunit which does work to a degree here and the speakers aren't blown out like half the cars we see. Ultimately you'll still probably want to swap it out for something a bit more current but it makes for a good starting point.
Underneath the massive hood is Toyota's tried and true 1HD-T 4.2 straight-six. These torquey beasts are known for being bulletproof and have surprisingly little vibration. With only 138K verified miles the startup is robust, and the 4.2L mill clatters to life and sounds like you would expect out of something this size. Nobody wants to turn the key and have this thing sound like a diesel Jetta. From the bottom of the powerband, a noticeable difference in acceleration can be felt from its gasoline-powered counterpart. The automatic transmission shifts well, albeit with little urgency. The lumbering giant has no issues getting up to highway speeds. With the nature of the oversized rubber, there is a bit of road noise that comes with it, but anyone familiar with these setups is typically used to that. Power is sent to all four wheels with ease and you have the assurance of electronic LSDs both front and rear along with the ability to lock the two together. The power steering is well assisted so parking and city driving becomes quite civil due to the light steering despite its size. The brakes do a good job of reeling down the big UTE, though make no mistake this isn't a race car. The maintenance is all up to date and ready to go. After installing the new Falkens it got its standard oil change, along with tightening the front hubs and repairing a few window regulators which are a notorious thing for these. A mere 13K miles ago the timing belt was replaced which is usually one of the biggest concerns most people have maintenance wise. Plus only having 138K on a diesel this is usually just your break-in period. 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 why not make the move to a proper right-hand drive with the only appropriate motor choice?
*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.