1996 LC Prado RS
Three-door, 4x4 SUVs were very popular in the US but largely died out before the end of the millennium. In Japan the segment is robust and after 25 years, we stateside enthusiasts are finally able to gain access to this beloved J90 Land Cruiser. Powered by a legendary turbodiesel engine, this five-seater is unique, capable, and incredibly refined. Finished in a Bluish Silver Metallic, this lifted Toyota looks especially striking thanks to its 3" lift, refinished 16" alloy wheels, and chunky 35" rubber. Aside from a few light dings, chips, and scuffs the paint is in good shape and this recently serviced 1996 Prado is offered with a mere 141k verified and documented miles. Safe, determined, and built to stand the test of time, this RS version would be a wonderful daily driver, weekend cruiser, or dedicated trail warrior. No matter which way you spin it, this J90 Land Cruiser may be your next favorite Japanese Classic.
The Prado's cabin is clean, simple in its design, and was clearly cared for in a prior life. The tall ride height lends itself to premium outward visibility and the dashboard lacks any cracking or fading. Dual SRS front airbags are standard, and the driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column to find the ideal driving position. A wood steering wheel upgrade was added in Japan as was a pricey Clarion head unit upgrade. Both modernize the interior a bit and add some flair. Power folding mirrors, electric door locks, and windows all work like a charm in typical Toyota fashion. A simple-to-use digital automatic climate control system is within reach and can be adjusted to pipe hot heat through the cabin or cold air conditioning. Rear seat occupants have a dedicated heat zone available to them and have an impressive amount of room for the exterior size. The stylized seats steal the show and match the door cards which have been upholstered in a soft blue textured cloth. The seats lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are in above-average condition. On longer trips, they are surprisingly comfortable. The headliner is in good shape as are the carpets, and we've even retained the factory rubberized boot mat in the rear to protect your trunk from any unwanted wear and tear!
Built on a sturdy body on a frame platform, these utes are known to take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. Propelled by a punchy and efficient intercooled 1KZ-TE, this Toyota is fresh off a recent oil and filter service. Two new 12v batteries aid the starter in churning over the 3.0L and the powerplant runs seamlessly thanks to a new engine air filter and fuel filter. Power is fed through an automatic gearbox to a full-time 4WD system. If a beach excursion is in order, feel free to air down, drop it into low 4WD and engage the center locking differential. These Prados, with their short wheelbase and large contact patches, are really tough to stop on loose terrain. They are also comfortable on pavement and this J90 is happy to sail down the interstate at 70 mph or putt around town from stoplight to stoplight. The suspension feels comfortable and this lifted beast rides on new rear Bilstein extended shocks. The short wheelbase and massive rubber are likely huge draws for the off-road enthusiast. The standard ABS brakes allow it to stop quickly when called upon and one of our trained techs has replaced the front and rear brake pads with all new units. With the brakes refreshed we worked our way to the power steering system. The light feel is ideal when parking and new steering rack bushings deliver on a more direct feel. The 35" rubber is brand new and looks mean as can be. Most importantly they will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and provide oodles of grip along the way!
*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.