1997 Hilux Pickup 2.4TD
The legendary Hilux has a reputation for its unkillable nature. In 1997, when this rig was built, modern staples like computerized 4WD and massive, interior dominating touchscreens weren't a thing. All you needed was a gutty turbodiesel engine, body-on-frame construction, and a few cabin amenities to keep you comfy. Finished in a classic Black over Grayish Purple Metallic (2DN), this stylish quad cab is adorned with a matching factory roll bar, new bedliner, OEM rainguards, and factory brushguard. Yes, there are a few chips, dings and scuffs to note, but this collectible Toyota is no worse for the wear. Fresh off a recent service, this 198k verified and documented rig is barely broken in for a diesel 'yota. Practical, capable, and reliable, what's not to like about the LN165 Hilux? For that reason, we're proud to call this pickup a Japanese Classic!
The simple interior layout is great for keeping focused on the road. The tall ride height allows for the pilot to clearly see above traffic and the dashboard lacks any cracking or fading. Unlike the previous generation sold until 1996, this one features dual front SRS airbags for some added peace of mind when behind the wheel. The center stack includes a functional JVC head unit upgrade with an integrated auxiliary port. It sounds good, and compliments the functional adjustable steering column, electric windows, locks, and mirrors to make daily use enjoyable. If you don't like the natural ventilation from the power windows, feel free to crank the heat or A/C when desired. That's not to say the cabin is perfect, as we did want to note some minor wear on the driver's side seat bottom. On the positive side, the upholstery lacks any major rips, stains, or tears otherwise. The headliner is in good nick as are the door cards and a set of OEM carpet mats protect the floor liners against future damage. All in all, this truck is in far better shape than most US versions of this vintage, and its clear the vehicle was cared for in a prior life. It even includes the original owner's manual!
While the cabin has been refreshed extensively, the driveline was more of an evolution of the previous model. The tough, body-on-frame platform is happy to take abuse from time to time, and under the bonnet is Toyota's familiar 2L-TE. The 2.4L turbodiesel churns to life, care of two new 12v batteries we installed while it was in our shop. It idles with confidence thanks to a new engine air filter and new fuel filter. Torque is fed through an automatic gearbox to two or all four wheels depending on the driver's preference. The selective transfer case also has a low gear reduction should you come across some nasty mud or loose sandy surfaces. It accelerates much better than the LN107 it replaces and soaks bumps and road imperfections much better, too. The brakes are reassured and the power steering is light yet on point. The aftermarket black alloy wheels are wrapped in new all-season tires at all four corners. They look great and reduce road noise, but most importantly they will deliver tens of thousands of miles of grip for years 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.