1996 Hilux Surf 3400 V6
If you want a special Hilux Surf, look no further than this 1996. Rocking the rare and eye-catching Recaro interior, this Desert Dune Metallic (1A5) example is about as good as it gets. Sporting a set of aggressive WEDS Keeler alloys, OEM rainguards, a factory rear spoiler, and OEM brushguard this stunning Toyota is offered with a mere 66k verified and documented miles. Aside from some light dings, chips and scratches the paint is in good condition and is set off by TRD style decals, for a more modern aesthetic. Boasting a couple of fancy upgrades and a smorgasbord of electric equipment, this five-seat 4x4 is an incredible value and is turn-key ready to roll, after a recent service here in our shop! Collectible, easy to service, and trusty enough to be a daily driver year-round, how could this VZN185 be anything other than a Japanese Classic?
The interior is in above-average condition and was cared for in a prior life. More safety equipment was integrated into the 3rd gen Surf than the N130 before it, and ABS became standard alongside dual front SRS airbags. They are mounted atop the dash, which lacks any cracking or fading. A JVC audio upgrade sits front and center and works like a charm most of the time, but there is an issue with it shutting off intermittently. Directly above is a simple-to-use automatic climate control system that blows cold A/C and piping hot heat on demand. The driver benefits from adjustable lumbar support and a tilt steering column to find the most comfortable driving position and electric windows, power-folding mirrors, retracting back glass and power locks all make daily use even more enjoyable. In typical Toyota fashion, these all work as they should and this rig even has a functional OEM sunroof as well. There is also a trick rearview mirror that unfurls from the rear spoiler so you don't cream the Prius parked behind you when in reverse. The Recaro seats and bespoke door cards steal the show and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. They are supportive, stylish, and were never offered stateside, so you can roll up to Toyota truck meets and have 4Runner owners bask in your glory. The rear bench is in equally good nick. It can fold forward for a flat loading floor and even has four reclining preset seating positions. The carpets and headliner have withstood the past 25 years without sustaining major abuse, and aside from the non-functional Field Monitor, it's really hard to complain about the interior.
The mechanicals are largely shared with stateside V6 4Runner, with the exception of the beefy locking center differential for serious off-roading types. The heart of this beast is the quad-cam, 5VZ-FE. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.4L jolts to life. For those who value preventative maintenance, a new timing belt and water pump were performed here in the USA which will save plenty of money and add some peace of mind. It idles with confidence and is mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox. Power is fed to the rear, or all four wheels, depending on the driver's preference. 4WD low is also on standby should you become mired in the muck. It accelerates nicely and cruises on the interstate with poise. To refresh the driveline we installed new inner and outer tie rods on the right front of the Surf. The suspension offers plenty of ground clearance and is predictable and confident. It soaks up large and small potholes without breaking a sweat. The power steering is light and on point and the brakes feel quite responsive for a midsize SUV. Lastly we installed new 31" Falken all-terrain rubber all around to deliver tens of thousands of miles of grip no matter what weather this Surf may encounter.
*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.