1996 4WD Hiace SC-L
The HiAce is versatile and unique, and with a durable diesel and 4WD, its a nearly perfect hauler. This 1996 is also quite the looker, finished in a fresh coat of one-off Silhouette Black, and is set off by a stylish rear spoiler, classy privacy tint, and refinished OEM wheels. Aside from a few light imperfections, the body is in good shape and this Super Custom Limited is fresh off a recent service. Boasting a mere 128k verified and documented miles, this baby is barely broken in and is fresh off a recent service. Filled with premium features and touting loads of space for activities, these haulers make for killer campsite rigs and wonderful daily drivers alike. Durable, reliable, and capable, it's easy to see why we love Japanese Classics just like these!
The packed cabin is in good shape, and the cabover layout and interior design receives high marks overall for build quality and materials. The driver and passenger can see much more outside of the cabin than semi-bonneted examples all current minivans utilize. The dashboard lacks any cracking or fading and houses dual SRS airbags for those who may be safety conscious. A tilt adjustable steering column is standard and power locks make daily use more enjoyable. As one of the best optioned HiAce's, we wanted to note this one also includes a power driver's seat, and digital gauge cluster which are highly desirable. The center stack is broken up by a sweet Clarion headunit. It sounds decent and is loud enough to drown out babble from your rearmost passengers. It also looks incredible with its transparent 90's faceplate! Directly above is the digital dual-zone climate control system, which cycles heat and A/C through the cabin. Rear occupants have their own dedicated controls so there is no need for the driver to mess around finding the right settings while driving at speed. If you prefer more natural ventilation the side glass pops outward and three sunroofs can be opened. The rear two are powered and the middle unit is massive, opening to give off a convertible-like experience. Getting in through the large sliding side door is easy, and if it's left ajar, it soft-closes to prevent the battery from draining. Sleeping under the stars is a real possibility as the middle and rear rows fold flat into a sleeping surface. The cognac-colored upholstery is soft to the touch and lacks any major rips, satin, or tears. The carpets and headliner are in fine shape as are the door cards and even the OEM carpet mats are included in the purchase.
Under the skin, this tough little van is built sturdily and is powered by one of Toyota's most legendary powerplants, the 1KZ-TE. This 3.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service and churns to life care of a new 12v battery we installed here in the shop. Like all of our diesels, a new fuel filter was installed for good measure and one of our trained technicians also replaced the old leaky valve cover gasket with a new unit. The four-banger is linked to a stout automatic gearbox. Power is fed to both axles through a full-time 4WD system. Acceleration is more impressive than you might think when powering over the 1K's stat sheet, but the prodigious low-end torque allows this thing to scoot about with some pep. Sustained highway cruising is comfortable and the cabin boasts fewer squeaks and rattles than a shoddy American vans built during this era. The short wheelbase allows for easy maneuvering in tight parking lots and the power steering is light, yet on point. The suspension was refreshed with new upper ball joints and feels predictable. The ride is on the softer side so that those within the cabin never feel beat up. The ABS brakes are confident and the steelies are wrapped in new all-season Falkens at all four corners. We also aligned this lovely Toyota to ensure it drives straight as an arrow and tire life is maximized. Turn key and ready to rock this KZH106 HiAce is a special van, and one of the coolest versions we have brought into the States.
*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.