1994 Toyota Land Cruiser VX 80
Stock Number: 4512
The Land Cruiser 80 Series vehicles are among the most reliable and capable vehicles Toyota has ever produced. This exceptionally well maintained 4.5l 1FZ-FE gas-powered example is no exception. These trucks became a legend with their imposing dimensions, iconic styling, and the do-it-all practicality. Fitted with a generally bulletproof I6, 3rd row seating, and enough ground clearance to get you wherever you need to go regardless of the weather outside. The VX Limited trim is well-appointed and factory options are plentiful. While originally finished in its trademark Dark Emerald Pearl (6M1) it has since been color swapped to a more interesting Black Jade. The new color is largely all black with a hint of green metallic flake in it which is particularly nice out in the sunlight. Since the color was similar to the original when you pop the hood or open the doors the color change isn't terribly noticeable like many custom color swaps are. Since the color change appears to be pretty recent the paint itself is in great shape with no real concerning blemishes to note. The body is in just as good a shape barring a few typical door dings. While the exterior is largely all stock it is rocking some new shoes. The 16" SSR Auswuch's wrapped in new 33" Falken off road rubber help to give it a more aggressive stance. For a truck this size you really need a good set of wheels to polish things off. The rear ladder matches the brushed aluminum running boards nicely and does add a little extra function if you decided to go with a roof rack for additional storage.
With the exception of an aftermarket head unit the interior has been left all stock. If it's not broke then why fix it, right? Toyota has always been known for their quality and the interior really reflects that. Aside from the plethora of electronic goodies, the materials they chose have proven to hold up much better than the competition. The 80 has copious amounts of interior headroom and legroom, even the 3rd row has more room to move around than you typically see. While they are really more suited towards children two adults could pop back there for a short trip if need be. The two-tone seats have all been well maintained over the years, specifically the driver and passenger. Normally we expect to see some bolster wear to the side and bottom from climbing up into the truck, but this one is largely free of anything concerning. There is a little bit of light staining/discoloration on the seat bottoms, but well above average for your typical 26 year old SUV. The massive dash is also in good shape and lacks any major damage including cracks or discoloration from sun damage. The gauges are all easy to read, and all the climate control buttons are large and can be depressed while wearing snow gloves (not that you'll be needing those anytime soon.) Being the VX Limited trim level you get all the extra bits like the CoolBox center console and sliding rear windows for the 3rd row. Of course, all of the other typical amenities of the era were present; dual zone climate control with cold A/C, cruise control, power windows/mirrors/locks. The aforementioned Kenwood head unit actually goes up to 100 FM making it a bit more useful than most along with its USB input.
Toyota's rigorous engineering and testing processes were in full force in the early '90s. The results from decades of refinements are clear in this model, and many examples have crested over half a million miles with this motor. The 4.5L 1FZ-FE gasoline six was chosen for its smoothness and great torque. This was the speed engine for US vehicles, which also makes finding parts super easy. We even have customers that service these at their local Toyota dealer. With only 113K verified miles the startup is as simple as a quick twist of the key, and the engine sparks to life and sets into a constant idle. These produce more than enough power for the highway yet enough torque to get you out of any off-road adventure you may encounter. To help with that, and to fit those 33's, it has a 2.5" lift for a little additional ground clearance. The automatic transmission shifts well albeit with little urgency, its not a race car after all. The rugged 4x4 system is eager to perform, making this hauler just as capable of making a run to Costco in the snow as it is fording a river. This one is a K295 truck which means it's fitted with the front and rear LSD to aid the four-wheel drive system. While we do service all of our vehicles upon arrival this one didn't need much to get it back into fighting shape. Those new Falken tires, a fresh oil change, and a quick tightening of the front hubs has it ready for whatever you can throw at it. The Land Cruiser has been a staple in the SUV world since 1951 with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
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