1996 Toyota Land Cruiser TX
The newest legal Land Cruiser is impressive in its own right. It distinguishes itself from most of our JDM truck imports in several respects. It feels more modern on the road than previous Toyota designs and is more than capable off the tarmac, too. It's also a much safer vehicle than the one it replaces, and this 111k verified and documented mileage example has been obviously cared for in a prior life. Our 1996 TX model is finished in a subtle and classy Desert Dune over Gray Metallic two-tone (K03). The body is in good shape aside from some minor dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Set off by some OEM rainguards and five-spoke aftermarket alloys, this diesel-powered rig is unique, refined, and handsome. Recently serviced and legally imported, this spacious, rugged and stylish JDM hauler would make for an ideal year-round Japanese Classic.
The cabin is such a massive improvement over its predecessor. For starters, dual SRS airbags are standard when they weren't even offered before. Other power amenities include electric windows, locks, and power-folding mirrors. All these work as advertised and combined with cold A/C makes this rig into a comfortable daily driver. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and this tall truck rides far above traffic. The dash is in good shape and lacks any cracking or distortion. A field monitor sits atop it, keeping the driver informed of the direction of travel and temperature amongst other functions. The highlight of the interior has to be the seats. The multicolored cloth looks incredible with its period-correct pattern. The seats are supremely comfortable and lack any major rips stains or tears. The headliner, door cards, and carpets have also been well cared for. Sure the OEM audio doesn't work and the front cupholders have the typical damage, but it's hard to complain otherwise. Even the OEM manuals are still in the glove box for the next owner!
The mechanicals are perhaps the best reason to consider one of these tanks. The KZJ95 is more rigid than the 70 series it replaces, and it conveys a massively improved ride quality. It feels composed instead of floppy and the truck is way more predictable on the interstate. At highway speeds, the intercooled 1KZ-TE has no problems keeping this beast moving. The 3.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly with the turn of a key thanks to a newly installed 12v battery. It idles with confidence and new serpentine belts keep the accessories running tip-top. The automatic gearbox feeds power to a full-time 4WD system. The gearbox shifts seamlessly and acceleration is more than adequate. Low gearing and a center diff locker are on hand if the going gets tough or the weather gets treacherous. The factory suspension is confident and refined enough for daily use. The brakes are capable of stopping this heavyweight down without breaking a sweat, and the alloys are all wrapped in new Falken all-terrain rubber. These quiet the ride down nicely and will last for tens of thousands of miles to come. We even replaced the spare with a matching tire!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.