1996 Surf SSR-V 3.0TD
Available for: $14,495
4Runner enthusiasts are a dime a dozen here in the US, and for good reason. The model receives high marks for capability, reliability, and its handsome good looks. All of that is true for this 1996 SSR-V, but this example benefits from a nearly bulletproof diesel powerplant not available to us here stateside. You see, the American gasolines aren't as efficient or torquey, and this 1KZ-TE under the hood completes this Toyota. Finished in a classic Desert Dune Metallic, this Surf is set off by 16" WEDS Keeler wheels, factory rainguards, rear privacy tint, and a factory rear spare tire swingarm. Aside from some loss of clearcoat and a few light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use, this five-seater is in good nick and fresh off a recent service. Boasting a mere 140k verified and documented miles, this turn-key truck is ready to drive off the lot. For those with an active lifestyle, families on the go, and off-road die-hards alike, this Japanese Classic would make for an ideal year-round ride and might just be the perfect midsize SUV!
The cabin is in above-average shape and was obviously cared for in Japan. The N185 was the first Surf to feature standard dual front SRS airbags, and the dash lacks any major cracking or distortion. A simple-to-use manual climate system keeps occupants cool during the summer and piping hot heat can be dialed up for later this year. Directly below is a Pioneer radio upgrade which delivers clear sound to supplement the glorious turbodiesel soundtrack emanating from the engine bay. The driver can get comfortable thanks to a tilt-adjustable steering column and adjustable lumbar support. Power windows, rear glass, electric mirrors, and power locks all work in typical Toyota fashion and make daily use enjoyable. It even has an operational OEM moonroof to let in a light breeze and some natural light. The seats are in above-average shape and are trimmed in a durable Moon Mist cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and the headliner and door cards are in equally good nick. Aside from some light stains on the carpet, it's really hard to complain about this little gem. It even has the owner's manuals from Japan still sitting in the glovebox that are to be included in the sale of the vehicle!
This body on frame Ute is one tough cookie, and so is the 1KZ-TE that powers this rig. The 3.0L fires up quickly care of two new 12v batteries we installed in the shop. An oil and filter service was performed and a new fuel filter and new valve cover gasket have been taken care of, too! The four-banger has a hearty midrange and is linked to a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox. Fuel economy and straight-line performance is best in 2WD, but when sand, snow, and mud present themselves, 4WD can be engaged from inside the cockpit. If the terrain is super loose, a low-range setting can be accessed. The Hilux is comfortable cruising at highway speeds, and the suspension was refreshed with new rear upper control arms. It's predictable too, and the light curb weight definitely helps driving dynamics over the most massive SUVs. One of our trained techs also replaced the front sway bar bushings as well. The power steering is light yet on point and the ABS brakes feel confident thanks to new front brake pads and discs. The factory 16" WEDS wheels are wrapped in new 31" Falken tires that will last for tens of thousands of miles to come, and reduce road noise noticeably.
*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.