1995 Toyota Mark II Tourer V
Available for: $17,995
You'd think with a firebreathing twin-turbo engine and rear-wheel drive the JZX90 would be as desirable as the Supra. Its performance credentials, reliability, and ease of modification are all Supra-like, and it even offers four full-size doors. For consumers who want a steal, take a gander at this delectable 1995 Mark II. Finished in a clean Opal White Pearl (046) the paint is in fine shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Recently serviced, this rocketship of a five-seater is turn-key ready to rock, and boasts a mere 67k verified and documented miles on the ticker. These highway monsters make for great drift taxis, daily drivers, and sleeper sports sedans that fit friends, family, and cargo without batting an eye.
The cabin is spacious, nicely appointed and even constraints a few upgrades. This example is in above-average shape, and among the best we have seen for this model. Typically found in "slicktop" fashion, this model boasts a power OEM sunroof. This one works swell, providing tons of natural light and ventilation to those within the cabin. The driver benefits from a tilt and telescoping steering column and electric windows, door locks, and power folding mirrors. In typical Toyota fashion, these all work as advertised and make daily use much more enjoyable. The driver even has an SRS airbag on standby, god forbid an accident were to occur. An automatic climate control system is mounted in the center stack and is intuitive to use. It blows cold A/C and piping hot heat, and everything in between. The OEM audio was ditched at some point for a JVC unit. It works still if you'd like to catch a few US radio stations on the limited spectrum, and an AUX port is handy if you choose to blast your own tunes. The seats are in above-average condition, upholstered in a soft gray and blue cloth. They are supportive on longer drives and plenty comfortable. They lack any major rips stains or tears. Even the door cards, headliner, and carpets have escaped major abuse over the years. Aside from a light squeal from the plastic steering column trim, it's really hard to nitpick this one. It is easy to see this little saloon was cared for in a prior life in Japan. The next owner will even receive a spare key, the Japanese maintenance records, owners manuals and OEM carpet front and rear floor mats!
The JZX90 platform is beloved in the enthusiast community, with Tourer V's such as this establishing a reputation as being staunchly communicative, and downright fast. The 1JZ-GTE twin turbo is every bit as good as its 2J brethren, and we think it sounds even better. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the silky smooth inline six fires up immediately thanks to a new 12v battery. It idles with little vibration and breathes freely thanks to a new engine air filter. The new owner will feel even better about the purchase as one of our trained techs has performed the largest preventative maintenance item, a timing belt, and water pump service. While we were in there we figured we should take care of a bunch of the pesky seals that often need repair on quarter-century old vehicles. New cam seals, valve cover gasket, and crank seals were installed to keep the 2.5L topped up on dinosaur juice, and we've capped everything off with new spark plugs, and coil packs across the board. To polish off the work on the powerplant we completed an electric fan conversion and installed a new thermostat to keep operating temps in check and the motor now runs right as rain. The punchy mill feeds power to the rear wheels through a slick-shifting automatic gearbox. The Tourer V sails up to highway speeds in a jiffy and can cruise at sustained highway speeds with ease. As quickly as it accelerates, it stops just as well. New front brake pads and rotors have been installed to allow this sedan to stop on a dime. The longer wheelbase is ideal for predictable handling and the Mark II takes road imperfections with confidence. New front tension arm bushings have been replaced prior to its successful state inspection. The steering is power assisted and provides lovely feedback. The new all-season tires are knee-deep in tread and are in good shape to handle a bout of rain if it comes your way. Overall, this Mark II has all the necessary maintenance done, and then some, and is a prime candidate for miles and miles of uninterrupted twin-turbo fun!
*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.