1996 Land Cruiser Prado TZ
The 90 Series Toyota Prado is an amazing SUV that seems to do it all. It's got room for eight and is safe, rugged, and inexpensive to own and operate. This three-row model boasts tons of power equipment, top-notch build quality, and a lovable 5VZ-FE 3.4L V6 that is fresh off a recent service. Finished in a Jewel Green over Gray two-tone (K12) the body is in good shape aside from some dings, chips, and scuffs on the lower cladding. The refinished alloy wheels, factory graphics, and OEM rain guards add a touch of flair to the subtle exterior and this rig is eye-catching in its own right. Offered with only 95k verified and documented miles, this Japanese Classic is practical to own and feels like a modern SUV when behind the wheel.
The cabin provides one of the safest and roomiest options out there for a JDM SUV buyer. These come equipped a few different ways, and we are pleased to inform everyone that this has nearly all the good bits you could want! The power sunroof option was ticked from the factory, and the retractable glass assembly adds plenty of natural light and ventilation to the cabin. Electric windows, keyless entry, power locks, and electric folding mirrors all work as advertised and make daily use enjoyable. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the dashboard is in good condition. A centrally located automatic climate control is on hand and supplies proper heat and A/C to the cabin when called upon. There are also rear-seat climate controls available to those riding in the back. The durable cloth seats steal the show with an edgy gray, blue, and black design. It contrasts well against the modest cabin colors and the seats lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The prized third row is included, too, and brings the seating capacity up to eight. The two rear rows can fold nearly flat to create a bed and the rearmost row can be removed completely or stowed against the D-Pillar. The cargo door opens wide for bulky goods and is side-hinged which makes for some ideal tailgating. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as the audio system is inoperable, the field monitor screen has some abrasions, and the carpets and door cards both note some light staining. On the positive side, the headliner looks good, and the privacy tint keeps the harmful rays of the sun off the interior plastics, thereby limiting future damage. It's obvious this car was cared for in a prior life and we think it would make for a really refined and useful daily driver, in our opinion.
The Prado's 1996 redesign was long overdue and improvements are found everywhere. The engine line was revamped with the addition of this 3.4L V6. After arriving stateside we installed a new 12v battery and performed an oil and filter service. The engine cranks over easily and is connected to a full-time 4WD system. A center locker and low gearing are available for those who plan to take this puppy off-road. The automatic transmission is a gem too, and delivers seamless shifts with very little slack. The midrange power is impressive and the five-thousand-pound SUV has no problem getting up to highway speeds. The suspension is composed and provides ample ground clearance. The brakes are confident too, and the power steering is light and easy to articulate. The lightweight five-spoke alloys have all been refinished and they set this ride off nicely. Best of all, they are wrapped in brand new rugged 31" Falken Wildpeak all-terrain rubber. These are not only functional but they will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and are quiet on the tarmac. We even replaced the spare tire while we were at it.
*California Residents: In order to register a Gray 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.