1997 Hilux Surf SSR-X 3.0TD
As forbidden fruit for the lowly American market, these lovely turbodiesel Surfs eluded us for years. The recently legalized 3rd generation platform is refined, collectible, and packs plenty of performance. This 1997 is finished in a sleek Black over Gray (204) two-tone, and is complimented by a set of 16" refinished alloy wheels wrapped in new 31" Falken tires, a stylish OEM rear spooler, factory rainguards, and menacing rear privacy tint. At only 133k verified and documented miles, this recently serviced rig is barely broken in, and is turn-key ready to rock. Boasting a locking center differential and abundant interior equipment, these Toyota make for killer trail rigs, spacious family haulers, and year-round daily drivers. For those looking for a practical, trustworthy, efficient, and special Japanese Classic, this SSR-X is surely the ticket!
The cabin is spacious and nicely appointed, too. It's in above-average condition and was obviously cared for in a prior life. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the driver sits far above traffic. The dashboard is in good shape and lacks any cracking or distortion. Dual front SRS airbags are standard, and the driver even receives adjustable lumbar support and a tilt-adjustable steering column. The center stack includes controls from the OEM audio and automatic climate control system. These items work in typical Toyota fashion as do the electric windows, power-folding mirrors, and electric locks. Even the rear hatch glass can be powered down for better cabin ventilation, or if you need to fit in a few 2x4s from Lowes. The seats are in above-average shape and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. They match the door cards which are also in good nick and the carpets are protected by a set of OEM mats. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we wanted to note a few scuffs on the headliner. Still, at 25 years old this is a bit of nitpicking and we think the next owner will be really impressed with how well the interior was cared for.
Sharing a platform with our stateside 4Runner has many benefits. Abundant aftermarket upgrades, parts availability, and readily available service options make these trucks easy to own. This SSR-X is powered by the legendary 1KZ-TE. Fresh off an oil and filter service, and with a new 12v battery and fuel filter installed in our shop, the 3.0L churns to life with the twist of the key. To keep the 1K topped up on lubricant, one of our trained techs has replaced the old weary valve cover gasket with a new one! The four-cylinder is linked to a slick-shifting automatic transmission and a selective transfercase. Like US models, 2WD and 4WD high and low can be engaged from inside the cabin, but the JDM truck also includes one massive upgrade. The factory center locking differential is a difference-maker on loose surfaces, and the off-road crowd knows this well. The power steering is light and on point and the standard ABS brakes are confident feeling. New front brake pads have been installed, as have new front rotors, so the next owners can rest assured that this rig stops on a dime. The suspension is predictable and is about as sporty as any SUV we sell. To complete the reconditioning process new 31" Falken all-terrain tires were mounted and balanced at all four corners. The new rubber quiets down the ride, looks tough, and most importantly will last for tens of 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.