1994 Toyota Mark II Twin Turbo
Available for: $15,995
Stock Number: 4875
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 allow 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; and quite a few on the market today. In stock trim they're great, but once you start tapping into the vast aftermarket you start to see their real potential. Those in the know are already fully aware of how potent these can be; they're highly regarded in the drift community due to their extremely balanced design. Our latest offering taps into the drift look in a clean, streamlined way. Vertex is always an excellent choice for clean aftermarket work without getting too crazy like some of the old kits of the '90s had a tendency to be. The half bumper and rear lip give cut down on some of the excessive ground clearance these had from the factory without getting you so low you'll be worried every time you hit a bump. Finished in the desirable Opal White Pearl (046) you really can't go wrong. It's a classic color choice that simply never goes out of style. The paint shows great for its age which is typically indicative that it was resprayed at some point in time. There are still a few little routine blemishes like some clear coat scratches and a few little stone chips but nothing particularly worrisome. The body is in the same condition barring a small door ding or two. 17" white Yokohama Advan AVS 5's wrapped in fresh rubber feel right at home and keep the all-white theme going.
The interior of the JZX90 has been well cared for and it shows. Inside the cockpit, it becomes clear how much superior the quality of Toyota's soft touch materials and plastics were compared to its rivals of the time. No modifications have been made inside the cabin since they frankly don't need much. The seats are particularly comfortable for long trips yet still offer good support when you start to put the hammer down. The number one wear item in every car is the driver's seat. The driver's seat has a little bit of discoloration from wear over the years but nothing out of the ordinary when you're talking about 27-year-old fabric. Neither of the front seats suffer from the more common bolster wear or any stains and tears which would be a bigger issue. The same can be said about the back seats which are big enough for actual adults to fit in unlike say a Skyline sedan. The dash has no sun damage, cracks, or other types of damage which is another relatively common issue. The door panels are also in excellent shape, free of any real signs of wear like fabric delamination. The other two key areas for high wear are the gear selector and steering wheel since they're always being used. Neither have any real signs of wear which is a testament to Toyota's general build quality and how well this car was cared for. The gauges all have large, easily legible faces, and the backlighting is decent. For instance, when you pop open the glove box you'll find the original books along with several spare keys which we hardly ever see. 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 on this one is unfortunately inoperable. We tried recharging the system but it either has a leak somewhere along the line or the compressor itself may need to be rebuilt which most A/C shops can handle.
The best part of owning a JZX90, such as this one, is knowing what lies below the hood. This 2.5 Liter 1JZ-GTE has an incredible amount of mid-range power. Its silky-smooth operation is nearly vibration-free, and with only 105K verified miles, has plenty of life left in it. Although it has generous heaps of power in factory tune, the exhaust definitely needs some help. In stock trim they're far too quiet, luckily a high-flow catback solves that problem. If you've never heard a proper 1J at full chat then you're missing out, they sound unlike anything on the road today and that's even with the factory air box. Once you replace that with an open filter setup you really get to enjoy the twin-turbo the way it should be. The stock box still lets some of the turbo flutters into the cabin which is a nice subtle touch. The power delivery is what sets this car apart from the Camry you're thinking of from back in the day. Once you get underway 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 sends 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. The brakes offer gobs of stopping power which you'll quickly find yourself needing since these are very subtle at speed. It doesn't take much for you to look down and realize you're well within ticket range. Mechanically we've gone over the car and brought everything up to date. A fresh battery, air filter, and oil change take care of the basics. Another generally common Toyota issue are ECU capacitors leaking, so we have had this ECU rebuilt which will cover the main issues for some time to come. While the perfect car may not exist, the Mark II is doing its best to be. Great power, killer handling, and room for four? It seems to check all the right boxes for a properly sporty daily driver.
*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.