1996 Toyota Prado KZJ78
Available for: $26,995
This stunning 70 series Land Cruiser is iconic. From the gutty turbodiesel and 4x4 drivetrain down to the classic angular styling. Hardly ever seen in white, this SX was redone in Japan at some point in this custom hue, including the door jambs. Aside from some light dings and chips associated with normal use, this body and paint are in good nick overall and a set of black aftermarket wheels and subtle factory rainguards add to the appeal. Recently serviced and legally imported this special KZJ78 would make for an ideal trail warrior, weekend cruiser or daily driver. Touting a meager 165k miles, this Prado has far less miles than you'd expect to find on a USDM Land Cruiser. No matter how this SUVs next chapter unfolds, this Japanese Classic is turn-key ready for your next adventure!
The cabin is massive inside and everyone has plenty of room to move around. There is plenty of cargo space too, and this tall truck rides above traffic for decent outward visibility. The low-lying dash is in good nick, aside from an inch long cut by the glovebox and the instrumentation is easy to read. A few cockpit updates include a Kenwood head unit upgrade and a woodgrain Junis steering wheel. Along with the tilt column, functional A/C and electric locks, mirrors, and windows make daily use enjoyable. The seats are in good shape and are done in gray and charcoal upholstery. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are supportive on long journeys. The driver even gets their own power lumbar support so ultimate comfort can be attained. The matching door cards are in equally good nick, as is the headliner but we did want to note some small holes in the carpet by the pedals. Still, at over 25 years of age, this rig is in good overall shape and was obviously cared for in a prior life.
The legendary 1KZ-TE powers this SX and it's fresh off a recent oil and filter service. The 3.0L starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery we installed here in our shop. The grunty four-banger benefits from a new set of serpentine belts and idles with confidence. The selective transfer case includes a low gear setting for situations with less than ideal traction and from inside the cabin, the driver can lock the hubs. The automatic gearbox shifts properly and is good around town or on the highway. The long wheelbase is ideal for interstate driving and gives this old girl a more stable feel on the freeway. The steering is light and power-assisted and the brakes are confident slowing down this heavy SUV. The blacked-out aftermarket wheels are all wrapped in new 33" Falken all-terrain rubber. The new beefy tires match the all-business aesthetic, and most importantly, will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*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.