1996 Toyota Hilux Surf
The Hilux Surf is handsome, reliable and simply put, a joy to own. This 1996 looks fantastic, set off by a set of refinished factory alloy wheels, OEM rainguards, and factory rear spoiler. Aside from some light dings, chips and scuffs associated with normal use the paint and body are in good shape and this rig boasts a mere 84k verified and documented miles. Recently serviced and legally imported, this turn-key Toyota has room for five and would be ideal as a family cruiser, weekend trail truck, or daily driver. Well equipped, composed, and capable this 4x4 midsize SUV offers one of the best ownership experiences of all the models we import and is a tried and true Japanese Classic.
Redesigned for this model year, the cabin used much more premium materials than the one it replaced. Aside from a neat-looking, functional Addzest headunit and some privacy tint, the cockpit is just as it left the factory. Cared for in a prior life, this 1996 interior is in above average condition. The view of the road ahead is clear and unobstructed, and dual SRS airbags, which weren't commonplace in the 90s, are standard. The dash lacks any cracking or distortion and includes a centrally mounted automatic climate control system. The A/C blows cold and a sunroof is located directly above if you prefer natural ventilation. Power windows, locks, and mirrors are all on hand and work like a charm. The driver even receives a tilt-adjustable wheel and lumbar support. The seats are upholstered in a clean, soft blue corduroy material. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and have held up well over the years. The same can be said for the door cards, which have resisted major abuse over the past quarter-century. Sure there is some light staining on the carpet and headliner but that's a bit of nitpicking at 25 years of age. Still, you'd be hard-pressed to find a 4runner of this vintage in this type of condition and the next owner will undoubtedly appreciate the quality of the cabin.
Just like the US 4Runner, this Surf uses the 2.7L 3RZ-FE for propulsion. The 2.7L engine is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. It idles with confidence and benefits from new serpentine belts and a fresh engine air filter, installed by one of our trained techs. We also took care of the spark plugs, distributor cap, and rotor button, too. The four-banger is a smoother mill than you'd expect and is connected to a slick-shifting automatic transmission. It gets up to highway speeds easily and can be driven in 2WD to maximize fuel economy. When inclement weather arrives, 4WD can be engaged with the press of a button and even a low range setting can be accessed. On the tarmac, the truck drives very well and the suspension insulates the cabin against rougher road surfaces quite well. While on our lift we refreshed the driveline a touch by adding a new front left wheel bearing and new front left inner and outer tie rods. New brake pads were also added, for safety's sake and new Falken 31" tires were installed at all four corners. Throw in an alignment for good measure and this RZN185 is ready for its newest chapter to begin, right here in the USA.
*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.