1995 Toyota HiAce Living Saloon EX
Stock Number: 4718
As most savvy consumers know, finding an all-wheel-drive van is becoming exceedingly difficult. The good news is that the JDM market is filled with feature-packed, efficient, and stylish haulers such as this 1995 HiAce. Underpinned by a reliable and punchy turbodiesel, this 4-wheel-drive model is offered with only 102K verified miles. The body is in good shape other than some minor fading of the clear coat and some normal scuffs, dings, and chips associated with routine use. This recently serviced, and legally imported eight-seater would make a versatile adventure van, grocery-getter, or a great marketing machine.
The interior is spacious and full of quality materials. The simplicity is refreshing compared to today's modern interiors filled with screens and capacitive touch buttons. The dash is in good shape and lacks any cracking or distortion. The factory head unit actually works and includes radio and navigation functions (though obviously not US maps.) The sound quality isn't half bad either and everything can be heard clearly back in the third row. The driver receives power windows, locks, and a tilt steering column to make life easier, and they all work as they should. The mirrors are also powered and the front occupants can access a manual sunroof to add some ventilation. Dual-zone heat and A/C are standard and work as they should, and the front climate controls are actually digital which was cutting edge for the time. The middle row is a bench that can swivel 180 degrees and also lay flat. The rear row is completely removable, slides for and aft, and also folds flat to create a makeshift bed. These HiAce's are quite popular with the camping crowd as they provide a convenient sleeping setup with one heck of a view above. Although the rear panoramic sunroof assembly has been disabled, it provides an impressive view of the heavens above. The manual sunshade can be retracted and opened at will, and there are no signs of water intrusion. The brown cloth upholstery is still soft to the touch, and there are no major blemishes such as rips or holes on any of the seating surfaces. The door cards and carpets are reasonably clean and the headliner looks good despite some light scuffs. This van was obviously cared for in its prior life and the owner's manuals are still sitting there in the glove box for the next owner!
Mounted midship is Toyota's bulletproof 1KZ-TE 3.0L turbodiesel to power this rig. As enthusiasts will note, this is one of Toyota's best-designed engines of the 1990s, and this one benefits from a recent oil and filter service as well as a new engine air filter. With a twist of the key the glowplugs heat up the combustion chamber, and the diesel clatters to life thanks to a new 12V battery. Mated to an automatic transmission, the 4WD setup gives this van the ability to be used year-round in every different climate. The shifts are smooth, and the HiAce easily sails up to interstate speeds. We did want to note a minor valve cover leak, but other than that, it's hard to complain about the powertrain. The suspension absorbs bumps well, and the steering is light making this SuperCustom easy to park. The brakes are solid and the 15" Bridgestone CV928 alloys are wrapped in four new Falken all-terrain tires. The noticeably quiet down the ride and should 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 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.