1997 HiAce Regius 3.0TD

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The 4x4 van market is an exciting segment. Traversing tough terrain in a comfortable, spacious cruiser doesn't have to be a novelty! This 1997 Hiace Regius is a wonderful hauler, and is powered by one of Toyota's most legendary turbo diesel engines. Fresh off a recent service, this efficient and powerful KCH46 is offered with a mere 121k verified and documented miles on the clock. Finished in a White Pearl over Silver Metallic (2EB), this lovely van is complimented by a set of refinished Bridgestone CV928 wheels, distinctive vinyl, and OEM rainguards. Aside from a few light chips, scuffs, and dings the body is in good shape, and the interior is simply to die for. Filled with premium materials and loads of flexible seating options, this twenty-five-year-old van features insane amenities like a power sliding side door. Ideal for families on the go, adventurous types, or those looking for unique and practical transportation, this Japanese Classics is top-tier!

The cabin is a special place. It has tons of room, is comfy, and is highly accessible for people and cargo. Packing lots of volume, the cabin is made to feel even larger thanks to the natural light filtering in through dual sunroofs. The front tilts up for ventilation and the rear can fully retract to expose the heavens above. The driver benefits from a tilt adjustable steering column and a power driver seat. From behind the wheel, the driver can operate the sliding door, to let passengers into the cockpit. The view of the road ahead is commanding thanks to the semi-bonneted design, which contains a frontal crash structure not present in cabover models. The dashboard lacks any cracking or distortion and a large central glovebox resides on the bottom of the center stack. Above is the Pioneer touchscreen audio system that pumps out the tunes powerful enough to drown out the kids. The unit also includes US radio frequencies, which is uncommon. The digital climate control is atop the head unit and can mix heat and cold A/C throughout the cabin year-round. Rear occupants benefit from their own dedicated zone and controls. Power windows, door locks, and electric mirrors all function and make daily use more enjoyable. The seats are trimmed in a soft, tan cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears, and the middle captain's chairs can swivel 180 degrees to face the rear. The center console can slide fore and aft, and even butterflies out into a table. The front seats can also swivel rearward to face those in the back. The headliner, door cards, and carpets are in fine shape and have escaped the past 25 years without major abuse. It even includes eye-catching, multicolored OEM carpet mats to protect against future spills and stains. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we wanted to note the sonar backup system no longer works and the power folding mirror function no longer works on the passenger side. Still, at 25 years old, the condition is remarkable, and even at high speeds, few squeaks, rattles, or road noise filter into the passenger compartment.

Related to the HiAce cabover, this semi-bonneted design was thought up for added safety thanks to the large frontal crash structure. Moving the engine forward created more passenger room and a longer wheelbase, which smooths out high speed freeway driving. ABS was also made standard as were dual SRS airbags. The crown jewel of this full-time 4WD Toyota is the 1KZ-TE engine under the hood. Fresh off an oil and filter service the four-banger churns to life with the twist of the key thanks to two new 12v batteries we installed. A new fuel filter and engine air filter have been replaced so that the 1K runs tip-top, and it pulls hard all the way to redline. The new owner can rest assured their electronics will remain properly powered as well, as the old cracked serpentine belts were exchanged with new ones. The torquey powerplant makes lots of low-end grunt funneling into both the front and rear axles. The hearty automatic shifts properly and the van sails up to highway cruising speeds with ease. It stops well too, thanks to new front brake pads we installed when it was on the lift. One of our trained techs also refreshed the suspension with new front upper control arms and new front wheel bearings. The ride is soft and this Toyota gobbles up potholes large and small. Power steering is standard and is light and easy to articulate. Grip is handled by brand new Yokohama Geolander tires. Freshly aligned they will last for ten of thousands of miles to come, and quiet down the road noise nicely.

*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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