1995 Hilux Surf KZN185
This here green machine deserves some serious love! Our 1995 Hilux Surf is a stunner, turning heads wherever it goes. You can see why, with its fresh coat of Audi Sonoma Green (LX6R) paint, gray refinished factory alloy wheels, privacy tint, OEM rainguards, factory rear spoiler and OEM brushguard. Aside from some light imperfections, the body and paint shows well, and by all accounts, this KZN185 drives even better than it looks! Fresh off a recent service, this rig boasts only 133k verified and documented miles, which is barely broken in for the durable 1KZ-TE engine that propels this rig. For those looking for an accommodating and capable year-round SUV, this really has it all. Turn key and ready to roll, this tremendous and determined Toyota is a top-tier Japanese Classic that won't last long.
The cabin has a simple and straightforward layout. Everything is at hand for the driver, and there is plenty of space and amenities for five occupants. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and dual front SRS airbags are standard. The dash lacks any cracking, although there is some distortion where it meets the edge of the glove box. The center stack is close by, and features a simple to use automatic climate control system. A large Sony headunit upgrade makes for a more modern interior aesthetic and sounds decent if you want to blast some tunes on a road trip. The A/C blows cold, and if natural ventilation is preferred, the rear glass, side windows, and electric sunroof can unfurl for a breezier experience. Other electric equipment includes power locks and side mirrors, although the driver's side mirror no longer powers folds. The carpets are in good nick and are protected by a set of OEM floor mats. The blue corduroy-like material on the seats and door cards has been preserved well over the years. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The driver seat even has a lumbar adjustment to compliment the tilt steering column. That's not to say the cabin is perfect, as we wanted to also note a damaged center climate vent, loose glove box, and a few light cuts on the center armrest. Still, this is a bit of nitpicking at 25 years of age, and it is remarkable how well this truck was cared for in a prior life.
The driveline was designed to stand the test of time, and there are several improvements that were made standard that we never received on US versions. Starting with the engines, which is considered by US 4Runner die-hards as the forbidden fruit. As you well know, 25 years have elapsed since this model was produced, so we now get this long-awaited turbodiesel. The 1KZ-TE is fresh off an oil and filter service, and starts up with the twist of the key thanks to two new 12v batteries. The engine idles with confidence and benefits from a new valve cover gasket to keep her full of oil. The 3.0L is connected to a selective transfer case with a low 4WD setting. The good stuff doesn't stop there, as this rig also boasts a locking center differential. This sets it apart from the stateside version which never was offered with this desirable option. It locks power fore and aft and makes this Surf nearly unstoppable on loose surfaces such as sand and snow. The N185 accelerates quite well compared to the gasoline version, and returns far better fuel economy. It gets up to highway speeds quickly, and performance fans will surely love the torquey four-banger. The suspension handles road imperfections without skipping a beat, and the brakes feel equally confident. The power steering is light and provides a decent feel for a body-on-frame vehicle. The alloys are wrapped in new Falken all-terrain tires. The 31" rubber not only looks menacing, but most importantly will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.