1996 Toyota Hilux Surf 3.0TD

Sold: $18,995

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Well into its 5th generation the Hilux Surf has a reputation around the globe as one of Toyota's best body-on-frame designs. To say this 1996 aged gracefully is an understatement, and if you can appreciate the styling, you certainly can appreciate the drivetrain!  Set off by a set of OEM rainguards, OEM brushguard, factory rear spoiler, and privacy tint, this 4x4 is finished in a Stellar Blue (8L7) over one-off Graphite. Aside from some light dings, scratches, and chips, the paint is in good nick overall. Packing a punch from the legendary 1KZ turbodiesel, this recently serviced rig is turn key and ready to rock. Why buy a battered, high mileage, stateside version when this 142k verified and documented mile example exists with a superior powerplant and more formidable 4WD system? Perfect for hauling the family and traversing rough terrain, these collectible and practical Japanese Classic Surfs make for tremendous daily drivers and are ideal for year-round use! 

The cabin is in wonderful shape overall and was cared for overseas. It even has the OEM maintenance booklets and owners manuals still sitting in the glovebox. The dash is in good nick, lacking any cracking or distortion, and it houses dual front SRS airbags. The center stack is filled by a functional Toyota headunit mounted below the automatic climate control system. Passengers can enjoy cold A/C, and for an added breeze, the driver can unfurl the power rear glass and electric side windows for an open-air experience. The seats are in good shape and lack any major rips stains or tears. The driver even gets adjustable lumbar support and a tilt-adjustable steering column to find the best possible driving position. To make daily use even more enjoyable, power locks and windows work like a charm. Aside from a nonfunctional tachometer, the cabin is really hard to complain about. The door cards are in good shape and the carpets and headliner have also held up to the past 25 years of use without sustaining major damage. We feel strongly that the next owner will surely love the condition of the cabin, as it seems to have held up extremely well over the years.

Sturdy and tough, this Hilux Surf is designed to take some serious abuse. Mechanically, it's a joy to work on these simple SUVs, and the 1KZ-TE is one of the most bulletproof diesels to come off the assembly line. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.0L lurches to life thanks to a new 12v battery installed here in the shop. A new engine air filter aids the four-banger to breathe freely and a new valve cover gasket will keep her topped up on oil. Mated to a slick-shifting automatic the Hilux moves surprisingly well despite its hefty curb weight. The gearbox shifts properly and feeds power to two or all four wheels. The selective transfercase has much more capability than the US 4Runner's unit, and even boasts a locking center differential. This option is ideal for those who want to head off the tarmac onto the beach, or plan to take this Toyota wheeling. The suspension provides tons of ground clearance and is predictable on less-than-ideal pavement. A known point of failure, one of our trained techs has installed new front lower ball joints, which will add some peace of mind for the new owner. To improve the ride new swaybar bushings were installed while up on our lift. We also shored up the brakes with new front lines and they most definitely do their job. These KZN185s also come with standard ABS which is a must if you live in a snowy climate. The refinished OEM alloys are all wrapped in new Falken all-terrain tires. We also installed a new spare, too. The new rubber will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and look mean as heck. 

*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.

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