1996 Hilux Surf KZN185
If you look at the current SUV market, it's insane what a new 4Runner goes for here in the US. The formula now is the same as it was in 1996 when this Hilux Surf rolled off the production line. A sturdy body on frame platform, simple interior, and nearly bulletproof reliability is a large part of this model's success. This eye-catching example is finished in a Cavalry Blue (8V2) over Gray Metallic two-tone. Aside from some slight imperfections the body and paint are in good nick overall. It's set off by some refinished alloys and subtle OEM privacy tint, for an all-business aesthetic. Offered with a mere 114k verified and documented miles, this turbodiesel rig is fresh off a recent service. For the JDM enthusiasts looking for a practical, efficient, and useful family hauler, fun cruiser, or weekend trail truck this special Surf is the ticket, and a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin was cared for in a prior life and it shows. The new American owner will benefit from a host of functional power equipment such as electric locks, mirrors, and windows. These all work as well as the Eclipse audio upgrade to add a soundtrack to your drive. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the dash lacks any cracking or distortion. It houses dual-front SRS airbags for some added peace of mind when behind the wheel. A tilt-adjustable steering column allows for drivers of all sizes to find the perfect driving position, and adjustable lumbar support adds to the experience. Daily use is also improved by supportive cloth seats, upholstered in bluish corduroy material. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and match the door cards, which are in equally good shape. The carpets do have some light staining, which is obscured by the rare and expensive OEM carpet mats that are included with the vehicle. The headliner and cargo area have escaped major abuse and are in good shape. That's not to say everything is perfect, and we wanted to note the sunroof doesn't retract. It seals properly, however, and provides the cabin with plenty of natural light, making it feel larger inside. It has room for five humans total, but furry companions will like the additional ventilation provided by a power rear window, which rolls down with the press of a button. The center stack includes a simple to use climate control system. It features working A/C for summer and piping hot heat for winter. It's missing the plastic button on the end of the fan control, but it works as it should, although this is a bit of nitpicking. Other neat items include rear reclining seats, which the US 4Runners don't have. The same goes for the OEM Field monitor which relays direction of travel, barometric pressure, and exterior temperature to those within the cabin. Spacious, nicely appointed, and comfortable the cabin is a really good one, in our opinion. Very few squeaks and rattles can be heard when traveling over rougher pavement and we would recommend something like this for daily use if you want something that doesn't rough you up when behind the wheel!
This body-on-frame platform that underpins the N185 is a darn good one. Our features a two-inch lift, upgraded panhard bar, and aftermarket bump stops to ride above traffic. The suspension is confident thanks to a full refresh performed while up on the lift. New front axles, new rack bushings, and new inner and outer tie rods replaced the aged older ones. The new bits and fresh alignment give this wonderful Surf refined drive, which we can't say for all SUV models. Power is provided by the legendary 1KZ-TE four-cylinder. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.0L jolts to life care of a new 12v battery we installed here in our shop. New glow plugs have been installed which adds some reassurance for next year's winter season. It sounds incredible thanks to a Suxon exhaust system that deepens the tone and maximizes the signature turbo whistle. We didn't stop there, and the new buyer will take solace in the fact the most expensive preventative maintenance job was completed by one of our trained techs. A new timing belt and water pump were installed and will last for the next 100,000km. A new valve cover gasket was done for good measure and the 1KZ pulls like a hoss to redline. The acceleration is about as much as you get from any SUV we sell currently and it returns decent fuel economy, too. Sustained highway driving is stress-free in this SSR-X, and for situations involving inclement weather, the driver can select 4WD when required. If you want to head out to the beach, low-range 4WD and a center locker do wonders for traction, and this determined Surf is hard to stop. It stops itself just fine though, as new front and rear brakes were taken care of while on the lift. Lastly, the lightweight 16" alloys were wrapped in new Falken all-terrain tires The new rubber looks killer but most importantly will last for tens of thousands of miles to come, delivering all the year-round grip you could ask for!
*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.