1996 HiAce SCL 4WD

Sold: $17,995

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For those with an adventurous spirit and an appreciation for the finer things in life, the HiAce is a perfect fit! This 1996 is a tremendous little hauler, and is equipped with a punchy, reliable 3.0L turbodiesel, full-time 4WD, and a loaded comfortable cabin. Fresh off a recent service, this turn-key van is offered with a mere 144k verified and documented miles. It's roomy interior and the slate of power equipment rival any HiAce we have retailed at this point, and it's obvious to see why so many clients use them as adventure mobiles. Finished in an Oyster Pearl Over Topaz (2AX)  two-tone, the paint is in good nick aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Dressed up by some beefy new Toyo all-terrain rubber, an OEM optional roof spoiler, a set of OEM rainguards, privacy tint, and a unique graphics package, this transporter turns more heads than a GT-R. As a year-round family hauler, weekend getaway vehicle, or daily driver, this eight-seater is as good as it gets. Collectible, practical, stylish, and ready to tackle whatever is thrown its way, this Japanese Classic is the real deal! 

The spacious cabin is in above-average condition and was cared for in a prior life overseas. The view of the road is clear and commanding, and the cabover design is ideal for premium outward visibility. The dashboard lacks any cracking or fading, and a digital dual-zone climate control system is within arms reach. The heat and air conditioning function properly, and if you prefer more natural ventilation, dual front and rear sunroofs open. The middle one is non operational. A Nardi woodgrain steering classes up the cabin, and the passenger has a neat dash-mounted cupholder storage pod. There are a few rare factory upgrades too, the neatest being the heated console-mounted coffee thermos. Other upgrades include an electric steering column, digital gauges, and a power driver seat. Even the power folding mirrors and electric door locks work like a charm, making this more enjoyable on the daily commute. The seats are trimmed in a soft cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are comfortable on long hauls. The middle row was converted to a larger bench in Japan, and swivels 90 degrees to face the side door. The rear bench was installed after our photo spread, and we did want the material isn't an exact match. It also doesn't slide and is bolted in place. The headliner and carpets have resisted major abuse over the years and the door cards are in fine shape. Even the OEM floor mats are included in the sale. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we wanted to note the factory headunit has given up the ghost and the CoolBox center console no longer functions. Still, at 25 years old this thing is in remarkable shape. 

The mid-mounted engine is ideal for maintaining a low center of gravity, and these vans are way more planted than they may look. Be advised if you're trying to keep up with a Miata in the twisties, this thing is likely to end up on its side, but as it relates to nose-heavy FWD vans, it definatly handles better. The 1KZ-TE engine that powers this rig is a darn good one, with a global reputation for being one of Toyota's best designs ever. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.0L jolts to life care of a new 12v battery. To keep the four-banger operating seamlessly a new fuel filter was installed while it was up on the lift. The 1KZ is linked to a smooth shifting automatic. Power is fed through a full-time 4WD system, and despite having the aerodynamics of a brick, the HiAce is anything but slow. Gobs of low-end grunt make blasting from stoplight to stoplight a fun affair, and this van is happy to barrel down the freeway at 75mph. It even sounds mean, and under throttle, you hear the intake air woosh through the side-mounted intake port and into the 2992cc mill. The exhaust note is a bit intoxicating too, which you wouldn't expect from this type of ride. The short wheelbase makes parking a snap and the power steering is light and easy to articulate. The brakes feel confident and the suspension is soft and supple, gliding over road imperfections without breaking a sweat. The steel wheels fit the off-road aesthetic and are wrapped in TOYO rubber. The new tires quiet down the ride, and most importantly, will provide tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip 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 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.

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