1997 HiAce SC 4WD
Available for: $13,995
True to form, the KZH106 HiAce performs decently off the beaten path and also drives like a dream over pavement. This stunning 1997 Desert Dune (1A5) model is a prime example of Toyota's tastiest hauler, and this one is turn-key and ready to rock. Aside from a few light scuffs, dings, and chips, the paint is in good shape and this rig is set off by a pair of OEM rainguards and refinished gunmetal 15" factory alloy wheels. Fresh off a recent service, this 4WD Super Custom is offered with only a mere 146k verified and documented miles on the clock, which is barely broken in as far as diesels go! For families on the move, offroad enthusiasts, and JDM diehards alike this wonderful transporter is as good as it gets. Reliable, efficient, and capable this terrific Japanese Classic is highly practical, too!
The cabin is in above-average shape, and was cared for in a prior life overseas. The cabover design pays dividends in many respects, one being outward visibility. The driver has a decent command of the road, and this tall van allows you to see over traffic. The short wheelbase also allows for top-tier maneuverability in the tight confines of the city or in a jammed parking structure. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and both front occupants are protected by dual front SRS airbags. The dashboard lacks any cracking or fading and houses an Eclipse touchscreen audio unit. It works like a charm, as does the digital climate control. It should be mentioned that rear occupants have their own dedicated climate zone and controls, making excursions more comfortable for all those on board. Cold A/C is on hand as is piping hot heat, but if you prefer more natural ventilation the side glass manually pops outward and the front windows are powered. The locks and mirrors are also electric making daily use more enjoyable and the seats are trimmed in a soft gray textured cloth. It's a durable material and lacks any major rips stains or tears. The flexible seating options are limitless with the front row being able to fold flat with the middle and rear row to create a pseudo mattress that extends all the way through the van. The middle row can also be swiveled 180 degrees so the middle passengers can race those in the rear. The headliner, door cards, and carpets are in fine shape and have escaped the past 25 years without sustaining major damage. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we did want to note the power folding mirror function no longer operates. Still at 25 years old, its in good shape, overall and even a spare key is included in the sale!
The heart of the HiAce is the legendary mid-mounted 1KZ-TE. This powerful and efficient four-banger is fresh off an oil and filter service, and starts up care of a new 12v battery we installed in the shop. A new fuel filter keeps unwanted contaminants out of the 3.0L and the engine idles and revs with confidence. The powerplant is linked to a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox that feeds power to both axles through a full-time 4WD system. Acceleration is impressive for a vehicle of this size and the torque is tremendous from stoplight to stoplight. As quickly as it gets up and goes, it stops just as well. The anti-lock brakes have been bolstered with new front brake pads and rotors. The suspension is soft and compliant, this van sails over large and small potholes alike. The wheels are wrapped in fresh 15" all-terrain TOYOs that will deliver tens of thousands of miles of grip for a good while to come! The power steering is light and on point and this beauty tracks straight care of a new alignment.
*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.