1996 Toyota LC Prado V6
The Land Cruiser marque is already synonymous with durability, utility, and quality, and the VZJ95 is no different! Boasting Toyota's bulletproof 5VZ-FE and full time 4 wheel drive, the 90 series Land Cruiser Prado is proving to be the best bang-for-your-buck Toyota truck on the market. Our 1996 is a bonafide stunner, and this freshly serviced import that's turn-key and ready to roll! Finished in Stellar Blue Pearl/Gray Metallic Two Tone (K14) This Prado is set off by some subtle upgrades. The front bash bar, updated grille and round eye headlight conversion set the front fascia apart from the pack and the drab factory tail lights were replaced with some handsome LED units. Complemented by a set of AMR steel wheels and OEM rainguards this Prado has all the off-road-inspired styling you could desire, and the exterior is near flawless, save from some expected dings and stone chips from day-to-day use. Notable repairs in Japan do include a replacement hood, front fenders, and a replacement roof skin, but this Prado clearly didn't go down without a fight. With only 109k verified/documented miles this Japanese Classic Cruiser is just getting broken in, and should continue to chug along stateside highways and byways for years to come!
The interior is spacious, comfortable, and overall much more refined than its 70 series predecessor, and this Cruiser's cockpit is truly a great place to be. 3rd-row seating comfortably fits up to 8 passengers, with ample head and legroom available for all. A low-profile dashboard allows for superior visibility on the road, and the dash materials are clean and crack-free, to boot. Dual SRS airbags are standard, as is ABS, making this the perfect rig to haul your family or other precious cargo. Eagle-eyed enthusiasts will love the wood steering wheel upgrade from a later model Cruiser. The patterned cloth upholstery is accented by a luxurious woodgrain trim, which is also in equally good nick. Fans of OEM equipment will be pleased to note that the OEM head unit and altimeter/clinometer are in good working order, and the rest of the power amenities function quite well, including the front and rear automatic climate control with ice-cold A/C. There's even a rare OEM extended armrest for some extra comfort behind the wheel! Power windows, power-folding mirrors, and power locks are all fully operational, and a power moonroof tilts and slides with the push of a button. The middle row folds flat and also reclines back so your rear passengers can catch a quick snooze. While the interior certainly shows well for a 25-year-old vehicle, some defects are to be expected, and we must note that the tachometer works intermittently. Other than that, it's hard to complain about the cabin, and we even have the original owner's manual, maintenance booklet, carpeted floor mats, rubberized floor liners and rare neoprene trunk liner on hand!
Toyota enthusiasts rejoice, this J95 Prado shares its bones with the 3rd generation 4Runner V6, and the 5VZ-FE still proves to be the go-to gasoline powerplant choice for power, refinement, and ease of stateside service! This hearty 6 pot cranks to life care of a new 12v battery and idles smooth and confident. We've put this fantastic 90 series up to date with any and all necessary scheduled maintenance, with our trained technicians installing a new timing belt and water pump to keep your next 100k km's worry free. A new radiator and thermostat ensure you'll be able to keep the thermal management in check, and new gaskets on the valve covers, exhaust manifold, and intake manifold keep this VZ in smooth, seamless operation. We even did new spark plugs and wires all around to prevent against any future ignition issues. The suspension is comfortable and feels fresh, and we've even performed a minor driveline refresh care of some new lower ball joints. New pads and rotors on all four corners help this Prado stop on a dime, every time! The automatic transmission shifts smoothly and this 90 series cruises nicely, even at higher speeds. Selectable 4WD is at the ready, and a locking center differential is on the ready for any less-than-ideal terrain. If you're looking for a well-serviced Japanese Classic with a laundry list of parts and maintenance included, this is one poised Prado sure to please even the pickiest of pilots!
*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.