1996 LC Prado KZJ95
The 90 Series Prado was designed to last into the current millennia when it debuted in the latter half of 1996. It brought a level of refinement that the outgoing generation could only dream of, while refusing to sacrifice off-road capability. This J95 4x4 seats eight, offers plenty of safety features, and is powered by a legendary Toyota turbodiesel powerplant. Finished in Deep Jewel Green over Gray Metallic (K12), this rig is offered with a mere 168k verified and documented miles. The body and paint are in good nick, and aside from some minor dings and scratches, it has held up well over the years. Rocking a set of front OEM rainguards, factory brushguard and a few interior upgrades, this subtle and stately SUV is turn-key and ready to rock. For those with an adventurous spirit and an appreciation for a truly iconic Land Cruiser, this J95 is the perfect affordable Japanese Classic, and it won't last long!
The cabin is expansive and much wider than its Hilux Surf corporate stablemate. It's also in much better shape than average, and was cared for overseas. It is well equipped, and the driver benefits from electric windows, a power sunroof, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and electric mirrors. A Panasonic touchscreen headunit is also at hand, and the simple dash layout leaves an unobstructed view of the road ahead. Dual front SRS airbags are on hand for some added peace of mind for those riding upfront, and a functional OEM field monitor is front and center. The seats are in above-average shape, and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The matching door cards have been cared for, as have the carpets and headliners which have resisted major abuse over the years. Rear privacy tint keeps the harmful rays of the sun off the cabin plastics, and a digital climate control system with a/c is there to help this summer. The third-row option is included in this truck and adds additional seating capacity. When not in use they can be stowed against the d-pillar or removed altogether. That is not to say the interior is perfect as the steering wheel has some leatherwear and the passenger side power-folding mirror function no longer operates. Still at a quarter-century old, it is remarkable how well this Land Cruiser has held up!
The new body on frame Toyota developed for this vehicle is a darn good one. It conveniently shares its architecture with the 1996-2002 4Runner's, so parts and availability aren't an issue. This big brute is powered by an intercooled version of Toyota's 1KZ-TE. Fresh off an oil and filter service this four-banger lurches to life thanks to a pair of new 12v batteries. A new engine air filter works to maximize fuel economy and power, and the 3.0L is mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox which includes a set of new shifter bushings. The Land Cruisers' surefootedness comes from a full-time 4WD system. It has low gearing available to the driver and even a center locker to fix the torque split front and rear. It has the stones to go nearly anywhere off the pavement, but we also wanted to note how well it drives on the tarmac, too. The suspension is soft and insulates the cabin against large and small road imperfections. The brakes were rehabbed with new front pads and rotors and now this heavyweight stops on a dime. Before it completed its trip through the shop we chucked on a new set of 31" all-terrain Falken's. We even did the spare too, plus an alignment to ensure proper wear, and these grippy tires will last for tens of thousands of miles to come while delivering all the year-round adhesion necessary.
*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.