1995 Hilux Surf TurboDiesel
Trucks like this 1995 Hilux Surf are a dying breed. Real SUVs have diesel engines and 4x4 systems, underpinned by body-on-frame platforms hardly exist these days. This SSR-X just wants to get down a dirty, and ours is a turn-key example, with a mere 114k miles on the chassis. Finished in a pretty (25T) Prussian Red Pearl, and adorned with a polished factory bullbar, the body is in good shape aside from some normal dings, and scuffs. Recently serviced and legally imported, these Japanese Classics are serious trucks, that can take you nearly anywhere you wish in style and comfort!
The cabin is simple, spacious, and uses decent build quality materials. The view of the road ahead is clear and thanks to the tall ride height you can see over traffic. The dash is in good shape and lacks any cracking or discoloration. Directly in the center is an automatic climate system and OEM audio system. The head unit works, and so does the auto climate. Both controls are easy to use and intuative. The a/c does a nice job of cooling down the interior on hotter days and functional power windows are standard. The OEM rainguards keep interior noise down when the windows are fully unfurled, and look stylish. Also standard is an adjustable steering column and power mirrors and locks. These items work properly and make daily driving more enjoyable. Front cupholders are included and the glovebox is fairly sizable. The seats are trimmed in a textured gray cloth that matches the door cards. Besides the common driver bolster tear, there are no major imperfections to note on the other seating surfaces. The headliner still is tightly upholstered and the rear glass powers down for tailgating purposes.
The driveline is simple and stout. Toyota designed these trucks to last, and they are also simple and easy to work on. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 1KZ-TE turns over quickly thanks to two new 12v batteries. The 3.0L engine may not be as refined as a six from the 80 series, but it makes plenty of power and torque. The engine is mated to an automatic gearbox that shifts properly and is geared for American interstate use. The driver can choose between 2WD and 4wd as the Huiilux Surf comes with a standard selective transfer case. In bad weather events, 4WD low can be used to make sure you don't get stuck in the muck. The suspension is compliant and works well for daily use and overlanding. This example includes the TEMS suspension option and was cutting edge at the time, giving the driver the ability to soften or firm the damping at will. The brakes are confident and stop this truck impressively thanks to a new set of front brake pads and rotors. The aftermarket polished five-spoke alloys look good, are all wrapped in new Falken all-terrain tires. They will last for years to come and provide plenty of grip when road conditions are their worst!
*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.