1996 Hilux Double Cab
When you need something dependable, determined, and tough, the Toyota Hilux is about as good as it gets. This 1996 Double Cab is a wonderful midsize truck, and rarely are they found on our shores. Finished in (8E3) Deep Blue Metallic, the body is in good shape aside from some light scratches, dings, and chips associated with normal use. The paint while largely original is overall in decent shape but does have some touchup paint in a few places. Offered with only a mere 105k verified and documented miles, this 4x4 pickup is barely broken in. Practical, efficient, and highly sought after, this Hilux SSR Pickup is a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin is as big as it gets in this class and has held up impressively well for its age. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and this tall truck rides far above traffic. The dash is in good nick and features a phone mount so the driver can keep their eyes on the road ahead and there are no cracks or weather-related distortion. The OEM audio, heating, and A/C controls are mounted centrally and both systems work which makes daily use convenient. We also wanted to note the audio quality is quite good, too! The transfer case and transmission have matching metal knobs and break up the dour color pallet a bit. The locks and windows are manual, which are two fewer systems that can break. The mirrors are electric and work as they should. The seats are in above-average shape and are upholstered in a thatched, durable, gray cloth. They lack andy major rips, stains, or tears and are supportive. The rear occupants have plenty of space and the rear window can be slid open for increased ventilation. The bed behind has been previously lined with fiberglass and has integrated drains. A new coat of Raptr bedliner was applied in case it's going to see some use at the local Home Depot. The door cards, headliner, and carpets have all escaped the past 25 years without sustaining major abuse, and it's obvious this interior was cared for in a prior life. We even have the original owner's manuals still sitting in the glovebox.
The key to this model's success was the fact that Toyota overengineered the platform. They also kept it simple, and this one is powered by a 2.0L gasoline four-cylinder. The 3Y-E is fresh off an oil and filter service and promptly starts with a twist of the key. A new 12v battery will withstand the next few winters to come and was replaced here stateside. The driver can select 2WD or 4WD depending n his or her needs, and a five-speed manual gearbox makes good use of the power. Gearchanges are direct for a truck and the transmission lacks any hitches or grinds. Sustained highway cruising isn't a problem and there are surprisingly few squeaks and rattles inside the cabin. The factory suspension is predictable and provides tons of ground clearance. This truck can be daily driven without it beating you up and the brakes and power steering are confident. The wheels all have new 30" Falken all-terrain tires mounted at all four corners. They look killer and will deliver 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.