1996 Land Cruiser Prado J95
The Land Cruiser is a model synonymous with durability, reliability, and capability. It wasn't until recently that these Toyotas could boast about refinement, but this J95 has it in droves. Our one-owner 1996 Prado is one hell of a rig, with room for eight, a torquey turbo diesel engine, and trusty 4WD. At only 59k verified and documented miles, this baby is only just now getting broken in. Finished in Stellar Blue over Gray Metallic (K14) the body and paint are in good shape aside from the dings and chips associated with normal use. Rocking a set of bright PIAA fogs mounted atop an OEM brush guard, and a set of 16" silver alloys, this SUV has some serious curb appeal. For those who value practicality, performance, and all-weather usability, this 90 series is a killer value and a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin is in above-average shape and was obviously cared for overseas. The view of the road ahead is clear and unobstructed, and the tall Cruiser rides above traffic delivering premium visibility. The dash lacks any cracking or distortion, and houses dual SRS front airbags and an OEM field monitor gauge display. A simple to use automatic climate control system is at hand and allows the driver to choose A/C, heat, or any setting in-between. The factory audio works too, and the switchgear is all within reach of the driver. A tilt-adjustable steering column, power windows, locks, and electric folding mirrors all function as they should and make daily use enjoyable. The 90's era upholstery steals the show and looks incredibly good. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and match the door cards, which have been taken care of over the years. The headliner and carpets have withstood major abuse, but we can't say that for the console-mounted cup holders which have lost their covers. The OEM audio also no longer works so a new headunit would be advisable. Still, that's a bit of nitpicking as the LC is about as clean of a cabin as we will find!
The sturdy body-on-frame platform is a good reason why these have aged so gracefully. The modern platform delivers a ride that is on par with vehicles a third of its age and there are very few squeaks and rattles to note. We did refresh the suspension a bit by adding two new rear shocks and this truck rides really well overall! While we can rave about the driving characteristics for much longer, we feel that the legendary 1KZ-TE deserves its due as well. The intercooled version propelling this example makes more power than its predecessors, and is fresh off an oil and filter service. The four-banger starts promptly thanks to two new 12v batteries and idles with confidence. The 3.0L is mated to a slick-shifting automatic transmission and full-time 4WD. For less than ideal driving conditions, a center locker can be engaged and so can a low-speed setting for the transfer case. Acceleration is better than expected for a truck of this size and it's not as thirsty as you might think either. The brakes are confident and the power steering is light, making parking stress-free. The 16" aftermarket wheels are all wrapped in new 31" Falken all-terrain tires. The new rubber looks mean and will last for tens of thousands of miles to come. We even replaced the spare too!
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