1996 Hilux Surf 3400 V6
It's hard to think of a midsize SUV that checks more boxes than the third-generation Hilux Surf. This wonderful SSR-G model boasts selectable 4WD, attractive off-road-inspired styling, and is backed by Toyota's legendary reliability. It's no wonder these Surfs are one of our favorite vehicles to import, service, and most importantly drive! This 1996 is a prime example, donning a powerful 3.4 V6 under the hood and mated to a slick-shifting automatic transmission. With only 79k verified/documented miles on the clock this is one superbly low mileage example you won't want to miss out on! The Cadet Blue (449) paint references Toyota's prolific FJ40, and is in good overall nick, with only some light chips and dings present from day-to-day use. A few subtle exterior touches set this one apart from your run-of-the-mill 4Runner, namely a factory rear spoiler with power rear under mirror, and a fresh set of refinished factory alloys, to boot. Comfortable, capable, and trusty, this N185 Hilux is freshly serviced and ready for whatever on or off-road adventures await. Modern amenities with Japanese Classic looks, what more could you want in a Surf?
The interior is plenty spacious and can comfortably transport 5 passengers with room to spare in the back! For those passionate about safety, dual SRS airbags are a welcome addition to the cabin and provide some peace of mind for anyone behind the wheel. The seats are trimmed in a corduroy-esque striped blue cloth, and show no defects other than a minor repair to the driver's seat bolster and light staining associated with normal use. It's clear the previous owner took pride in this Surf's interior as all materials show well overall, from the door cards all the way to the dash, where the material shows no signs of cracking, peeling, or distortion. The tortoise patterned lower trim is clean and houses a Pioneer audio upgrade, and a fully functioning automatic climate control unit with hot heat and cold A/C ready to accommodate drivers in all climates. Power windows, door locks, power mirrors, and a power moonroof are all fully operable and work at the push of a button, and the rear glass even unfurls to allow for some more ventilation to flow throughout the cabin. A factory field monitor is affixed to the headliner and displays all the vitals an aspiring off-roader could desire. The factory instrumentation is clear and easy to read, and all gauges and meters respond promptly and accurately. The rear seating is quite versatile, reclining back to allow passengers to catch some shut-eye, or folding completely forward to accommodate some additional cargo space. Overall, this is a Surf that should please even the most particular enthusiast, and aside from some minimal wear on the seats and headliner, and one defunct power folding mirror, it should serve the next owner well for the years ahead. We've even retained the factory-carpeted floor mats that not only look great, but protect against future spills and stains!
Under the hood lies Toyota's prized 5VZ-FE V6. Known throughout enthusiast circles as being ferociously reliable, powerful, and overall easy to service. These motors are not only gutsy, but they're the exact same unit found in the USDM 4Runner V6, making parts and service a cinch! The motor cranks over quickly thanks to a new 12v battery, new valve cover gaskets, and a fresh oil change ensures that she'll be well-oiled and running smoothly every time. We even installed new spark plugs for even smoother operation of the V6. The automatic gearbox is a perfect companion for such a storied engine, and JDM Surfs come with the added benefit of a selectable transfer case to boot! High and low gearing is available on demand, and a center locking differential comes in handy if you find yourself entrenched in some tough terrain. The suspension is soft and compliant, and can tackle the tarmac or the trails depending on where your adventures take you. The brakes also inspire confidence and ABS is standard for those living in snowy climates. The power steering is light and on point for an SUV, and most importantly the 5 new 31" Falken tires will give you plenty of on and off road grip 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.