1996 Hilux Surf SSR-G
Toyota hit the bullseye with the introduction of their 3rd generation Hilux Surf in late 1995. A comfortable, capable, and remarkably stylish body on frame SUV, it's no wonder why so many of these Surfs and 4Runners still cruise our US highways and byways in droves. Our 1996 SSR-G is a fine example of the platform and is finished in Desert Dune Metallic (1A5). The bones of this 166k verified/documented chassis are good and OEM rainguards, a factory rear spoiler and a desirable rear tire carrier with an OEM optional cover do a lot to jazz up the already handsome exterior. Perfect fitting Weds Keeler alloys are also a fitting replacement over the stock alloys, and look great wrapped in fresh Falken All Terrains. Underpinned by a trusty turbodiesel powerplant and built to stand the test of time, this N185 is one of the best Japanese Classics to ever roll off Toyota's production line!
Much like the exterior, the interior is durable, stylish, and well equipped to carry you through the next few decades without fail. The corduroy-esque upholstery has handled the rigors of daily use and abuse quite well, and outside of some bolster wear on the driver's seat the remaining interior fabrics are in remarkably good shape for the age and mileage of this chassis. The sweeping grey vinyl dash shows well with no discernible defects outside of some minor adhesive residue. Positioned conveniently in the center stack, digital automatic climate control works in tandem with an optional Eclipse audio system to keep the cabin cool and well supplied with tunes for any longer drives or impromptu road trips. As expected from a do-it-all SUV, power windows, power folding mirrors, and power locks work as a charm, and the rear glass can power up and down to enhance visibility out of the rear. It even has a functional power moonroof to deliver an additional breeze through the cabin. The rear bench prioritizes utility, and has the ability to recline your sleepiest passengers or fold fully forward if you need to move around some larger cargo. The headliner and carpets are both in average shape, and outside of some wear to the touch points and an inoperable power rear under mirror there isn't much to gripe with in this classy cabin.
The Hilux Surf marque would truly be nothing without the trusty diesel engines that power them. The 1KZ-TE powering this beast is fresh off an oil and filter service as well as a comprehensive service by our trained technicians and cranks over with ease thanks to two new 12v batteries we installed here in house. Freeing this one of any pesky leaks of lubricant, a new valve cover gasket was installed up top, and the engine air filter and fuel filter were replaced to give this 3.0 a new lease on life. With the maintenance performed, this one is a treat to drive in any scenario, and the robust 3.0 can handle around town jaunts or longer highway treks with ease. If an off-road excursion is in the books, selective 4WD can easily be deployed alongside an optional center locking differential if the going gets rough. New shocks on the rear keep the suspension comfortable over road imperfections large and small, and we also replaced the right rear wheel bearing to get the drivetrain in compliance. The ABS brakes bite with confidence thanks to a new master cylinder, and the new rubber on all four corners ensures you won't skip a beat in mud, rain, snow, or sleet!
*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.