1996 HiAce SuperCustom 4WD
The Adventure Van craze has arrived here in the USA, and we're getting on the bandwagon. When exploring the great expanses of this nation, what is better than a reliable, efficient, and spacious 4WD van. This 1996 HiAce SuperCustom is a spectacle to behold. Refinished in a new coat of Toyota's Desert Sand, a color seen on late-model TRD vehicles, the body is in good shape aside from some light dings and small blemishes associated with normal use. Rocking a stunning livery, and adorned with a rare rear spoiler and set of refinished steel wheels and knobby Yokohama rolling stock, this HiAce exudes curb appeal. It also has the stones to back it up, and is powered by the torquey and dependable 1KZ-TE turbodiesel. The cabin includes some rare factory options, electric amenities, and flexible seating options making it attractive to those on the move. Capable, unique, and practical, this recently serviced 103k verified and documented mile transporter is an undeniable, Japanese Classic!
While we love the exterior and drivetrain, the cabin is our favorite part of this special van. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the cabover design lends itself to a tight turn radius and decent overall visibility. The dash is in good shape and lacks any cracking or weather-induced distortion. The floating, backlit digital gauge cluster was cutting edge at the time and works as it should. The driver benefits from an adjustable steering column and electric seat to find the perfect driving position. The controls are all at hand and the automatic dual-zone climate control and OEM audio work as advertised. Conveniently, they are located close by, in the center stack which also has a few cupholders. The center console is as cool as it gets, literally. It's Toyota's Cool and Hot Box and it can even make ice and keep your Kaluah cold! Best of all an integrated OEM thermos can be switched on to keep your java piping hot! For seamless daily use, power-folding mirrors, electric locks, and power windows are standard. The OEM rain guards are on hand to reduce air buffeting within the interior when the windows are down. For maximized ventilation, we recommend playing with the sunroof suite. Three glass roofs have been shoehorned in up top and allow plenty of natural light into the cabin to go along with the fresh air. The front is manual and can be tilted upward manually. The two rear ones are power-controlled and offer a view of the heavens above if you'd like to sleep under the stars. The large side door allows for easy access to the back, and a soft-close function pulls it closed if left ajar, thereby saving your battery. The cashmere-colored cloth upholstery is in above-average shape. The soft material lacks any major rips, stains, or tears and every seating position inside is comfortable on long trips. The middle row can be swiveled and reclined fully depending on your planned use. For campers, the rear bench seat can be removed fully or converted into a pseudo mattress with the middle row. The headliner, door cards, and carpets have withstood major abuse over the years and for privacy, linen curtains can be manually drawn. Even the owner's manual is still in the glove box for the next owner to inherit!
Some of the best Toyotas of all time were built during this period, and the HiAce is a fine example of the brands enduring commitment to quality. This one is powered by a legendary, mid-mounted 1KZ-TE. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the four-banger starts up promptly and is ready to roll. A new set of serpentine belts have been installed in our shop and the 3.0L revs freely and sounds great. The engine is mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox. A full-time 4WD system underpins this van and delivers year-round, sure-footed grip. One of our trained techs has replaced the front and rear shocks, giving the suspension a new lease on life. They allow the van to ride predictably and the suspension is happy to handle the rigors of daily use. The brakes are confident and the power steering is light and easy to articulate. The wheels are all wrapped in new all-terrain tires at all four corners. These grippy Yokamas quiet down the ride a touch and will deliver plenty of grip on a variety of surfaces for tens of thousands of miles 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.