1995 Toyota Hilux BioDiesel


This 1995 Toyota Hilux is an SUV that knows how to get down to business. It features a torquey 3.0L turbodiesel, a capable 4 wheel drive drivetrain, and a mere 123k verified miles. Finished in a sleek (204) Toyota Black, the body is in good shape other than some minor scuffs, dings, and chips associated with normal use. Best of all, this rig has a trick up its sleeve. It's been converted to run on Bio-diesel for a more environmentally friendly alternative fuel source. Recently maintained, and legally imported this special grease-burning Hilux Surf is a certified Japanese Classic. 

The cabin is simple, spacious, and in good condition. These Hiluxs utilized durable materials that have held up well over the years, and included a fair amount of power equipment as well. An adjustable steering column is standard, and power windows, locks, and mirrors all work as they should. The dash is in good nick, lacking any major cracks or distortion. Dead in the middle is an automatic climate system and a set of dual cupholders. The head unit has been removed, but they aren't US compliant anyhow, and replacements are cheap. The seats and door cards are trimmed in a blue and gray cloth. The upholstery is still soft to the touch, and the door cards are almost perfect. With the exception of the driver side bolster which is beginning to wear through, the seats are in above average shape. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are comfortable on long trips. Rear privacy tint works to keep in-cabin temps down, and also protect the cockpit from the harmful rays of the sun. The rear window can also be power retracted down for additional ventilation. The headliner and carpets are also in good nick, as are the majority of the interior plastics. We also wanted to note a crack on the gauge cluster plastic, but it doesn't obstruct the view of the instrumentation. Still, it's obvious that the truck was cared for in Japan and the new owners will certainly appreciate that!

Mechanically, this SSR-X is powered by the legendary Toyota 1KZ-TE. The 3.0L mill has a reputation for the low cost of ownership and impressive performance. Fresh off an oil and filter service, she fires up quickly with the twist of the key. The engine idles smooth and emits a deeper rumble thanks to a custom polished exhaust. Mated to an automatic gearbox, the driver can select 2WD or 4WD depending on their preference. Acceleration is impressive, and the gearing is fine for city and highway use. Gear changes are accomplished without any hesitation or clunking. A set of beefy Rancho shocks sort out large and small road imperfections and should be a decent choice for those traveling off the beaten path. The brakes feel strong and the power steering is light and easy to manipulate. The OEM alloys are all wrapped in new Falken all-terrain rubber all around. They will last for years to come and provide plenty of grip in less than ideal conditions. 

*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

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