1996 HiAce Super Custom
Japanese vans, like this 1996 HiAce, are more luxurious than anything we got here stateside. They were more capable and performed better, too. This 4WD model is powered by a grunty 3.0L turbodiesel and is offered with only 134k verified and documented miles. Boasting a feature-packed interior with tons of electric equipment, this eight-seater is just what the doctor ordered for those who value comfort and ease of ownership. The body is in good shape and is finished in a White over Oyster Pearl two-tone (2BH) and accessorized with a set of 15" alloys and OEM rainguards. This hauler would make for a wonderful family transporter, adventure van, or an eye-catching company marketing van. No matter how the next chapter unfolds, we can guarantee this unique, reliable and practical Toyota is a certified Japanese Classic.
The term spacious is an understatement when referring to the HiAce's massive cabin. The view of the road ahead is unobstructed and the cab-over design allows the driver to see far above traffic. The dash is in good shape and lacks any cracks or fading and has held up well over the years. A driver-side SRS airbag adds some reassurance when behind the wheel and wasn't made standard until later in this van's production cycle. The digital automatic climate control works great and blows cold A/C and heat when you need it. The controls for the rear occupants are located adjacently and allow all within the cabin to remain comfy. Power windows, with a one-touch driver side window and power locks, are working like a charm. The power-folding mirrors work well when parking in the tight confines of the city. There are plenty of seating options and the cognac-colored upholstery lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The padding is soft and makes for a relaxing road trip compared to a bargain-basement Ford Winstar or Plymouth Voyager like most of our US clients remember as kids. You can easily change the seating orientation in the second row to have the ability to swivel 180-degrees and slide fore and aft. The third row can be removed completely or scooted forward and backward. . You can combine both rows into a sleeping surface and gaze at the stars above thanks to a massive panoramic center sunroof. It power retracts for added ventilation and the rear row glass pops up thanks to an electric motor. The driver doesn't miss out too much and gets his or her own sunroof too, but it's manually operated. The carpet and door cards have held up against major abuse and still look good. That is not to say the cabin is perfect as we did want to note some headliner imperfections and the lack of audio.
The engine that powers this HiAce is the 1KZ-TE I4 turbo-diesel. It supplies plenty of torque and horsepower allowing this van to quickly accelerate up to highway speeds. Power is sent to all four corners through a full-time 4WD system. New Falken tires will supply you with plenty of grip for tens of thousands of miles to come and quiet down the ride noticeably. With a twist of the key, the engine starts right up thanks to the new 12v battery and new fuel filter. Mated to the engine is a 4-speed automatic transmission that happily delivers seamless shifts. This van is geared properly for highway speeds and is efficient for its size. The stock suspension absorbs the bumps and potholes without tossing the passengers about, and the ground clearance is impressive. During our inspection process, our trained technicians replaced the upper control arms and U joints to ensure proper ride quality and the refreshed suspension feels predictable on less than ideal road surfaces. The brakes are confident and responsive and the power steering is light but on point. Fresh off a recent oil and filter service, this turn-key HiAce is ready for its next adventure.
*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.