1995 Land Cruiser J71
While we don't see them as frequently as the four-door 70 series, the short wheelbase J71 has its own allure. The unique styling, robust turbodiesel driveline, and more aggressive approach and departure angles make models like this 1995 prized or off-road enthusiasts. Those planning to daily drive will be relieved to hear how good this little truck is on the tarmac. Packed with plenty of power amenities, this well-optioned SX model is finished in a fresh coat of Dark Green Pearl paint. Set off by a set of snazzy JDM multi-piece wheels and aggressive all-terrain tires, there are only a few small cosmetic blemishes to note, and we wanted to mention the passenger door was replaced in Japan at some point. Best of all this recently serviced Toyota is offered with only 144k verified and documented miles, which is nothing for the legendary 1KZ-TE. Capable, reliable, and distinctive, this special sport utility won't last long and is a highly collectible Japanese Classic.
The cabin is simple and spartan in its layout allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding, and the tall Land Cruiser allows the driver to see above traffic. There are some of the typical dash cracks to note but otherwise, the cabin is tough to complain about. The climate control system is simple to operate and cold A/C can be requested with the turn of a knob. The heat works too, making this Toyota ideal for year-round use. At some point, an audio upgrade was done, and the Pioneer headunit sounds great thanks to a speaker upgrade. The seats are comfortable and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The blue textured print looks fantastic and is mirrored in the door cards, which have aged equally well. The driver even receives adjustable lumbar support and a tilt-adjustable column. It doesn't stop there, as this '95 rocks some standard electric mirrors, locks, and windows which all work as advertised. The carpet and headliner haven't sustained much damage over the years and it's clear the truck was cared for in a prior life.
The simple and sturdy body-on-frame platform is a good reason why these last so long. The engine also has a reputation that precedes itself, and the 3.0L under the hood is known for its dogged determination, efficiency, and power. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the four-banger starts up promptly with a turn of the key. A new 12v battery aids start up and a new engine air filter allows the 1KZ to breathe freely. One of our trained techs also installed new serpentine belts to keep the accessories happy, and the turbodiesel idles with confidence. Torque is fed through a selective transfer case powering two or four wheels, depending on the driver's preference. If the outside conditions become severe it will add some peace of mind that this truck includes hubs that can be locked from the cabin, and a low range for 4WD. While around town the Prado feels peppy and the short wheelbase allows it to be more maneuverable than its four-door stablemate. The suspension feels predictable and has been given a refresh thanks to some new panhard bushings. It tracks nicely and can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse. The brakes are confident and the power steering is nicely assisted and light. Lastly, we mounted and balanced four new Falken all-terrain tires. The new 33" aggressive rubber is not only grippy on loose surfaces, but also looks imposing, and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip to come.