1997 JZX100 Tourer S
The JZX100 platform of vehicles are among the best-built and designed sedans of the late 1990s. They are safe, durable, balanced, and great steeds for those who plan to daily drive. This 1997 Tourer S is just such a car, with its subtle 16" factory wheel upgrade and understated rear spoiler setting this one apart from other commuters on the road. Finished in a classic White Pearl Tricoat (057), this properly proportioned rear driver is in good shape aside from some light chips, dings, and scuffs associated with normal use. Fresh off a recent service including the timing belt and water pump, this sweet saloon is offered with a mere 94k verified and documented miles. Boasting a spacious, nicely equipped cabin and rock-solid Toyota reliability, what's not to like? Affordable, safe, easy to service, and unique, this Japanese Classic is the real deal!
Toyota upgraded the interior materials and features over the JZX90 generation this vehicle replaced. The fine folks at Toyota added a healthy helping of safety updates while they were at it. For instance, dual-side airbags were added to complement the dual-front SRS units. Another neat feature is the adjustable HID headlamps that were cutting edge at the time. From behind the wheel, the driver could electrically adjust the headlight pattern to match the driving conditions outside the vehicle. For those who plan to put this Toyota to task on a daily commute, there are electric windows, door locks, and side mirrors as standard equipment. These all work flawlessly aside from the power folding function of the side glass. The automatic climate control system is intuitive to use, and supplies the cabin with cold A/C and piping hot heat. The OEM audio is also on hand and works as it should. The seats are the highlight of the cabin in our opinion. Softer than most cloth and durable, the textured blue and gray upholstery break up the cabin nicely. The matching door cards are in equally good nick as is the headliner, and it's obvious this ride was cared for in a prior life. That's not to say everything is perfect as we wanted to note some dash distortion by the base of the windshield and passenger-side airbag. We also wanted to note some light carpet stains and that the trim for the passenger side and driver's side window controls don't fit perfectly. Still, this is a fair amount of nitpicking for a vehicle of this vintage and as a whole, the condition is quite impressive. Even the OEM owners manuals, OEM rubberized boot mat, and OEM carpet floor liners are included in the sale for the next purchaser.
While many rear-drive vehicles were being phased out in favor of FWD in the 90's, Toyota stayed the course. Thank goodness, because this chassis is an absolute gem. With a silky smooth inline six up front, and near 50/50 weight distribution, sports car DNA runs through this admittedly more commoner spec'd model. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the VVT-i equipped 1JZ-GE whirrs to life with the twist of a key. A new 12v battery was installed while it was on our lift and will last for a few more years to come. To give the 3.0L a new lease on life a new timing belt and water pump were installed. While we were in there, we took care of a lot of the pesky seals that 1JZs require at the tender age of twenty-five years. Cam seals, a new crank seal, and a new valve cover gasket were all replaced to keep the engine topped up on oil. Linked to a smooth shifting automatic, the Mark II accelerates up to highway speeds without breaking a sweat, and the low-end power is much better than you expect for this naturally aspirated mill. The suspension feels predictable and absorbs large and small potholes alike, isolating the cabin from any unwanted road noise. It's refreshing frankly to not have to worry about low overhangs and parking curbs when you ride on the OEM dampers. The brakes are confident and the power steering is light and power-assisted making parking a snap. To complete the reconditioning, 16" Falken tires were mounted and balanced at all four corners. They quiet down the ride a touch, but most importantly the new rubber 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.