1996 Toyota Prado TX
The newest legal Land Cruiser is a real switchblade of an SUV. What we mean to say is that it seems to do about everything well, and this 1996 is no exception. Finished in British Racing Green over Gray (K12), the body is in good shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Adorned by a set of OEM rainguards, the more flowing lines look decidedly more modern and upscale than the vehicle it replaced. Powered by a legendary diesel engine and underpinned by full-time 4WD, this unstoppable SUV would make for an ideal, all-weather daily driver or kid hauler. Recently serviced, this turn-key federally legal Prado is unique, practical, and safe. For those who love a roomy, efficient body-on-frame Toyota this TX is surely the perfect Japanese Classic.
The cabin, simply put, is expansive in every sense. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the dash is in good shape. The layout is logical and everything is within reach. An automatic climate control system blows cold A/C through the cabin and a Clarion head unit supplies the tunes. Power equipment is scattered everywhere, from the electric folding mirrors to the power locks and mirrors. They all work as they should and this rig includes the optional power sunroof, too. The seats are upholstered in a textured gray cloth. The colored inserts spice it up a tad and they are supportive on long cruises. Best of all, they lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The valuable third-row option raises the occupancy to eight passengers and for storage purposes can be removed or stowed on the D-pillar. The headliner, door cards and carpet look good and have withstood the last twenty-five years of use just fine. The cabin isn't perfect as we wanted to note the typically broken cupholder trim on the center console and that the field monitor isn't working. Still, at 25 years of age, the interior impresses, and the truck was obviously cared for in Japan.
The ride quality on these 90 series trucks is surprisingly refined. From a performance perspective, they also improved and the 3.0L 1KZ-TE now sports an intercooler to help support the bump in horsepower. The four-banger is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. The SUV idles with confidence and the automatic transmission makes good use of the powerband. Sifts occur seamlessly and acceleration is punchy. In case you encounter some weather a low gear set can be accessed by the driver in the cabin and a center locking differential is ideal if you plan to traverse some beach sand, ice, or snow. The suspension handles large and small road imperfections with confidence and the power steering is light and on point. The brakes feel really good thanks to new front pads and rotors which were installed by one of our trained technicians. The three-spoke OEM alloys are all wrapped in new Falken all-terrain tires. They look great and will be able to handle all the weather you can throw at them for tens of thousands of miles to come. We even replaced the spare!
*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.