1996 Land Cruiser KZJ95
The name Land Cruiser is synonymous with reliability and durability throughout the globe. We are excited to present the newest five-door Prado to become legalized here stateside, the KZJ95. This 1996 is stellar on the tarmac thanks to a revised suspension and chassis, and is powered by a gutty 3.0L turbo diesel. It also has a refined cabin with seating for seven and plenty of power amenities and safety features. Finished in a two-tone Desert Dune Metallic over Gray Metallic(K03), the body is accented with a set of OEM rainguards and a set of factory running boards. Aside from some normal dings and chips, the body is in great shape for a vehicle of this age. Offered with a mere 111k verified and documented miles, this recently serviced Land Cruiser Prado TX is an all-around great truck and a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin is a huge departure from the prior generation. That's normal when a company takes over two decades to redesign a product. The cabin is filled with premium materials and even includes dual-front SRS airbags. The view of the road ahead is clear as this tall truck rides above traffic. The dash is in good nick and lacks any distortion or cracking. The new, centrally mounted analog clock gives an upscale feel and this TX also includes power windows and locks. The driver benefits from an adjustable steering column and the controls for audio and climate are at hand. The factory head unit was replaced at some point with a Carrozaria unit and it sounds decent. The aforementioned automatic climate control is simple to use and blows cold A/C for these remaining months of summer. The A/C compressor does occasionally squeak but it operates fine otherwise. The seats and door cards are upholstered in a gray and blue textured cloth. The pattern is an ode to the funky 1990's fabrics that were popular in Japan and it makes the cabin pop. There are no major rips, stains, or tears to them and they are comfortable on long cruises. The third row is key when you need to accommodate a few extra friends alongside and can be stowed away along the d-pillar when more cargo room is needed. A rear 12v outlet and wall plug can be found on the driver side lower cargo area in case you'd be planning a tailgate and needed to power your air fryer. The rear door is side hinged and swings open wide for easy loading. Rear privacy tint keeps the harmful rays of the sun off the interior plastics and has likely contributed to the impressive condition of the interior. The headliner and carpets lack any major blemishes and the door cards look great as well. That's not to say everything is perfect and we wanted to note the side mirrors have to be adjusted manually and the keyless entry no longer works. Still, at 25 years old this thing is a gem.
Under the skin, this TX is just as beautiful. Propulsion comes from the venerable 1KZ-TE. Now intercooled for this new generation adding additional performance, the four-banger is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. A new set of serpentine belts have also been installed to keep the 1KZ running tip-top. The Land Cruiser features a full-time 4wd system and locking center differential if you want to take it wheeling. The suspension handles large and small bumps with confidence and delivers a ride that's doesn't abuse the occupants. It also has fewer squeaks and rattles than the J78 it replaces and is composed over rough road surfaces. The brakes are confident and we have resurfaced the rotors to deliver a solid pedal feel under braking. The power steering is light and easy to articulate and the five-spoke alloys are all wrapped in new tires at all four corners. These all-terrain tires will last for years to come and deliver premium year-round grip!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.