1997 Hilux Surf SSR-X
The Hilux Surf is one of the toughest and most capable SUV’s Japan has ever produced. These torquey turbo diesels are plenty powerful and fuel efficient, making for the perfect year-round commuter thanks to a selectable 4x4 system. This 1997 SSR-X is a clean example, with a mere 142k verified and documented miles, and is finished in Stellar Blue over Gray Metallic (8L7) two-tone. The body and paint are in good shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Set off by the OEM rain guards and color matched OEM front brush bar this KZN185 looks just as good as it drives. In the midsize sport-utility market these diesel Toyotas can’t be beaten. Stylish, efficient, and fun on or off road, this Hilux is recently serviced and ready to rock.
Inside the cabin, the interior is spacious and comfortable even by modern standards. Packed with an abundance of options from the factory, both driver and passengers are sure to enjoy long drives or local commutes. The dashboard lacks any cracking or lifting, and dual SRS airbags are standard which add some reassurance when behind the adjustable tilt steering wheel. The headliner, carpets, and door cards are in good condition lacking any notable sagging, stains, or tears aside from light wear to the driver’s sun visor. The seats are finished in light blue corduroy material still soft to the touch and free of any large rips or stains, plus the rear seats can be folded forward allowing for more storage. The easy to use upgraded Panasonic head unit is fully functional emitting sound that is crisp and clear through the speakers with no distortion. Additionally, the driver also benefits from power windows, power locks, power mirrors, a power back glass, and fully functioning climate control delivering cold A/C or hot heat on demand. At 25 years old this Surf has held up well, and the next owner will surely agree. Even the original carpeted floor mats have survived and are included in the sale!
Under the hood is a stout 1KZ-TE. This 3.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up, with the turn of the key or the push of a button, thanks to a new 12v battery and aftermarket remote start which works great. With the addition of a brand-new valve cover gasket, the engine stays sealed idling with confidence and is linked to a silky-smooth automatic transmission. The driver can select whether 2WD or 4WD as needed, and if you find yourself in a sticky situation, a center locking differential can get you out. While being very capable off-road the Hilux performs just as well at freeway speeds and around town. The suspension can handle any road condition easily soaking up bumps and road imperfections, and our trained technicians also refreshed the suspension by installing new front sway bar end links. While braking the pedal is firm and the power assisted steering is precise. Five brand new Falken tires were mounted and balanced which will last for 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.