1997 Hilux Surf KZN185

Stock #6222

The Surf is an all around top-tier SUV. With its all-business styling, 4x4 drivetrain, and incredible diesel powerplant, it's no wonder this is our best-selling vehicle. Finished in a one-off Talus Black, this 1997 KZN185 is set off by a set of refinished OEM wheels, a rear receiver, OEM rainguards, and some subtle privacy tint. Aside from a few light dings, chips and scrapes the paint is in fine shape and this tremendous Toyota is fresh off a recent service. Boasting only 161k verified and documented miles on the clock, our truck is barely broken in and offered at a fraction of the miles of domestic examples. Efficient and reliable, these Hiluxes make for wonderful daily drivers and cool weekend cruisers alike. Affordable, collectible and inexpensive to maintain, this Japanese Classic can't miss. 

The cabin is spacious and nicely equipped for a 25-year-old SUV. Dual airbags were made standard and add some peace of mind in the 21st century. The dashboard material is a huge step up from the prior generation and this one lacks any cracking or fading. The highlight of the interior has to be the transparent AddZest radio, which plays CD's and mini discs at above average sound quality. The glovebox is sizable and includes the owners manual for the new buyer to decipher. The driver gains adjustable lumbar support and a tilt steering column to find the ideal driving position. Power windows, door locks, and electric mirrors all work as advertised in typical Toyota fashion. The seats are in good nick and lack any major rips, stains or tears. The Moon Mist cloth is durable too, in case you plan to put this thing through the ringer. The rear seats tumble forward to create a flat loading floor and also split-fold and 4-way recline. To fit in some 2x4s from Lowe's, the rear window retracts like our 4Runners and also comes in handy if you have pets in tow. The carpets and door cards are in good nick and aside from some light plastic wear and some scuffs on the headliner, it's really hard to complain about the cabin overall! 

Under the skin, this body-on-frame beast shares most mechanics with the USDM 4Runner. That means performance upgrades can be had on the cheap as can maintenance and repair items. The 1KZ-TE under the bonnet is fresh off an oil and filter service and churns to life thanks to a new 12v battery. One of our trained techs replaced the valve cover gasket with a new one, and also installed a new fuel filter and engine air filter. The 3.0L feels healthy as a horse and a fresh coolant exchange aids thermal management. The four banger is linked to a stout automatic gearbox. It shifts as it should and makes decent use of the low end torque from the 1K. New transmission fluid was flushed so that the gearbox can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse too. Linked to a selective transfer case, the driver can choose between two and four wheel drive on the fly. For low traction scenarios a center locker and low range can be engaged. Acceleration is impressive for an SUV and a new front left axle seal helps to put power to the ground. The ride quality is above average and we refreshed new rear shocks and new rear upper and lower control arms. With a fresh alignment, this Surf now rides right as rain. The power steering is easy to manipulate and new steering rack bushings and front sway bar links should keep things that way. The ABS brakes were improved with new shoes, and the Surf can be reeled in from higher speeds with ease. New Yokohama Geolander tires reduce road noise and should last for tens of thousands of miles to come. This determined drivetrain needs nothing except a new owner, come experience one of our favorite Japanese Classics for yourself!

*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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