1996 Toyota Windom 3.0G

Sold: $10,995

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In the mid-1990s Lexus was outpacing domestic sales of marques like Buick and Cadillac. In Japan, the Lexus brand didn't exist yet and so upmarket Toyota's like the Windom were sold in the same showroom as lesser models. This 1996 Windom is a wonderfully rounded sedan. Efficient, reliable, and refined, this recently serviced five-seater is fresh off a recent service, and offered with a mere 40k verified and documented miles. Finished in Diamond White over Beige two-tone (051), this Toyota is set off by a set of OEM rainguards, privacy tint, and sporty Work Esperio Design alloys. Aside from a few dings, chips, and scuffs, the paint is in good nick overall.  Boasting a plush cabin with plenty of space and amenities, this practical and unique ride would make for a cool daily driver, commuter, or weekend cruiser. 

The cabin is full of quality materials and power features. Leather, which is uncommon in Japan, was chosen from the factory. We rarely see power seats and dual front SRS airbags but this Toyota has both. Other power features include functional power folding mirrors, power locks, power sunroof, and power windows. These items make daily use enjoyable and stress-free as does the OEM cruise control. The headliner and carpets have been cared for and lack any major imperfections. The same can be said for the leather seats and door cards which are in above average condition and lack any cuts, holes, or tears. The digital automatic climate control is simple to use and intuitive. The A/C blows cold and the heat is on standby for next winter. This example even has heated mirrors if you live in a colder climate! That is not to say the cabin is perfect, as the OEM headunit has given up the ghost, but that is an easy fix. Even the OEM owners' manuals, maintenance books, and carpet mats are included in the sale. It is clear the owner overseas took care of this one, and we think the US buyer will really appreciate the current state of the interior. 

The driveline is shared with the Toyota Camry and Lexus ES300 so parts and service is a snap. The 1MZ-FE V6 is a stellar engine, compact and powerful. Ours is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up with the twist of the key. A new 12v battery aids ignition and should last for years to come. While it was up on the lift we replaced the worn-out old valve cover gaskets with new ones and now the 3.0L is primed to stay topped up on lubricant. Power is fed through a smooth shifting automatic transmission to the front wheels. Traction control kicks in if you happen to get the front wheels to spin, and if you happen to need ABS brakes they are standard. The Windom accelerates well and can sustain highway speeds without breaking a sweat. The suspension can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse and there is plenty of ground clearance for those pesky parking blocks at the local grocery store. The brakes are confident and the power steering is light and easy to articulate. Before the car left our shop we mounted and balanced four new tires. The all-season rubber quiets down the ride immeasurably and should 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.

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