1996 Hilux Surf SSR-G
Any truck guy or gearhead will tell you how awesome the 3rd generation 4Runner is! Its evident how many folks love this refined, yet capable platform and Toyota built them to stand the test of time. The brand's commitment to quality is why we still see so many classic versions here stateside. Sadly the American market never got the spicy turbo-diesel option, which all but makes this truck! The good news is you no longer need to wait, and this tremendously torquey 1996 example boasts the legendary 1KZ-TE for its powerplant. At only 90k verified and documented miles, it's barely broken in. Our Desert Dune Metallic (1A5) SSR-G is well equipped, and accessorized by a set of black refinished OEM alloys, an OEM rear spoiler, and a set of factory rainguards. Aside from some light dings, nicks, and chips associated with normal use the body is in good shape. This practical and performance-oriented SUV is fun to drive, capable, and is a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin is clean, spacious, and nicely equipped. It's got loads of electric options if you'd like to daily drive this Surf. Power folding mirrors, electric locks, and power windows all work like a charm. The dash is in good nick, lacking any cracking or distortion. For the first time ever, dual front SRS airbags are standard. They add a level of reassurance for those with precious cargo or kids and are uncommon for imports of this era. Atop the headliner, located by the map lights, Toyotas trusty field monitor informs the pilot of barometric pressure, the direction of travel, and outside ambient temperature. Automatic climate control is also standard and blows cold A/C and piping hot heat for those within the cabin to get comfortable depending on where you reside. There is plenty of room for five, and the gray corduroy upholstery lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The driver receives adjustable lumbar support, which is key on long highway trips. A Kenwood audio upgrade replaces the factory unit and supplies plenty of tunes for your commute or road trip. We did want to note the power antenna is not working, but the radio functions fine! Our favorite feature is the power reverse mirror that unfurls from the rear spoiler so you don't demolish the Telsa hiding behind you when parking. The headliner, door cards, and carpets have withstood major abuse and look good for a vehicle of this age. It's obvious this rig was cared for in a prior life and even the owner's manuals are included for whoever buys this fantastic truck.
The mechanicals featured on these rigs are amongst the best-built stuff we have come across since we opened 11 years ago. The 3.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly with a twist of the key. Two new 12v batteries aid ignition, and will last for several years to come. The 1KZ-TE idles with confidence and the four-banger is linked to an automatic gearbox. The transmission shifts seamlessly and the driver can choose between 2WD and 4WD thanks to a selective transfer case. When you come across some inclement weather or sand, this SSR-G can engage low gearing and a center locking differential. These two items make this midsize hauler nearly unstoppable and additional grip comes from the new 31" Falkens mounted at all four corners. These new all-terrain tires will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and deliver plenty of year-round grip. The TEMS adjustable suspension is compliant for daily use and can handle our ruddy American tarmac with confidence. The power steering is light and easy to articulate and the brakes are tidy and responsive. For those looking for an efficient, punchy, stylish and safe JDM SUV, this one is a dandy!
*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.--