1996 Toyota Chaser JZX100
Well folks, it's here! Our first JZX100 is an absolute stunner and performs even better than it looks. The braking, handling, and certainly the acceleration leave little to be desired. This 1996 Chaser is finished in a subtle and stately Ebony Teal (6N9) and offered with a few performance-enhancing power and suspension upgrades. The body and paint are in good shape and lack any major imperfections. Set off by Final Konnexion aero FRP front bumper, side skirts, and rear bumper along with a set of R33 GTR 17" alloys the model's sporty aesthetic really shines through. We wanted to note prior repairs in Japan include a replacement tail light panel. Powered by a revised and improved turbocharged VVT-i 1JZ-GTE and rocking the factory manual R154 gearbox, this is five-seater is an enthusiast's dream. Lightly modified, recently serviced, and highly collectible this Toyota Chaser is a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin is well-appointed and utilizes some quality materials. The seats are comfortable and bolstered so that long trips aren't too taxing. The gray material is soft to the touch and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The factory automatic climate control system is simple to use and features functional heat and air conditioning. The OEM audio is located adjacent and sounds decent for a car of this age. The view of the road ahead is clear and the switchgear is all at hand. Dual SRS front airbags are standard and the driver benefits from a tilting and telescoping steering column. Additionally, the power-folding mirrors, electric locks, power windows work flawlessly and make daily use enjoyable. A TRD 320KM/H cluster has replaced the OEM unit, and we truly believe this JZX100 could use all of it up. It compliments the TRD shifts knob, but sadly is the reason we couldn't verify this sedan's mileage and is being sold with unknown miles. The matching door cards look decent and the carpets and headliner have withstood major abuse over the years. That's not to say everything is perfect, as there is some minor wear to some of the soft-touch surfaces and the faux carbon-fiber interior trim is not dealing well with the years of UV exposure. Overall, though, the cabin is in above average shape and obviously cared for in a prior life overseas. It even includes some service records from Japan which should add some peace of mind for the new American owner.
These JZX100s not only have reflexive, predictable handling but are incredibly quick in a straight line. The 1JZ-GTE was reworked a fair amount for its third iteration. More torque, variable valve timing, and a single turbocharger were added from the factory and make a world of difference. This 2.5L is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. The engine idles with confidence and is low vibration as most straight sixes are. One of our trained techs replaced the cam seals, valve cover gaskets, and the front main seal, so the peppy six-cylinder stays topped up on oil. A new thermostat was added too while it was on the lift and a fully rebuilt ECU with a lifetime warranty has been installed. We also performed a 2JZ water pump conversion and added a new timing belt for good measure. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. The R154 is a blast to row up and down the gears with and lacks any grinding. The low end grunt is a huge improvement over the ZJX90 and this Chaser gets up to merging speeds in a blink of an eye. Sustained highway cruising is comfortable at speed and the long-wheelbase distributes road imperfections nicely. Adjustable coilovers reduce the fender gap and allow this neutral chassis to corner flatly. The brakes are really good, and clamp down hard, thanks to the front new pads and rotors have been replaced up front. The power steering is on point, light, and provides some decent feedback. The wide R33 GTR wheels are all wrapped in new tires at all four corners. They quite the ride down and will deliver plenty of grip for tens of thousands of miles to come. We even had an alignment performed, too!
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