1997 Land Cruiser Prado

Sold: $17,495

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The J95 Land Cruisers are some seriously sweet rides. They have ample interior room, seating for eight, a gutty driveline, and offer gobs of equipment and plenty of refinement. At only 159k verified and documented miles, this rig is barely broken in! This 1997 Prado has a more unique aesthetic than we normally see. A safari-inspired two-tone paint job was just completed, utilizing Desert Sand (4Q2) over Dark Umber. Set off by a textured OEM brushguard, factory rainguards, retro vinyl, and some blacked-out KZN185 alloys, the body is in good nick overall. Aside from its handsome looks, this body-on-frame rig is powered by a legendary turbodiesel, and is fresh off a recent service. For those looking for a collectible, reliable, and roomy SUV that touts Toyotas hallmark quality, this TX is it! Legally imported and turn-key ready, this adventure truck just needs a new owner and is eager for its next adventure!

The cabin was taken care of overseas and it shows! When entering the interior you'll likely notice an abundance of head and shoulder room. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding, and the dashboard lacks any cracking or distortion, along with dual SRS airbags mounted atop, providing some reassurance for those behind the wheel. In the center stack, functional OEM audio and an automatic climate control system make daily use enjoyable. Cold A/C is on hand, and if you prefer natural ventilation, feel free to tilt or retract the OEM power sunroof with the click of a button. It doesn't stop there, as the driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column, electric folding mirrors, power locks, and windows. As you might have guessed these Toyota-built components function properly. The seats are comfortable and the blue textured cloth is durable, too. The seating surfaces lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The door cards, headliner, and carpets have withstood the past 25 years without sustaining any major damage. That's not to say everything is perfect, as the OEM Field Monitor no longer powers up and the cupholder cover is missing, as they typically are. Still, at 25 years old it's remarkable how well this truck was taken care of and it even boasts the OEM manuals, maintenance booklet, and carpet mats in the cockpit ready for the American purchaser.

The mechanicals are mostly interchangeable with the US third-generation 4Runner. It makes ownership much easier than you'd expect and these tanks are known to be some of the most durable and reliable designs ever produced by the brand. Under the hood is an intercooled version of the 1KZ-TE. Fresh off an oil and filter service the 3.0L starts up with a twist of the key. A new 12v battery aids ignition and we also replaced the valve cover gasket to keep the 1K topped up on lubricant. Also, new accessory belts were installed by one of our trained techs. The engine is famous for its low-end torque and a new engine air filter ensures it maximizes fuel economy. It accelerates well for its size, and sustained highway driving is a stress-free affair. Mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox and full-time 4WD, this Prado is capable of year-round use. New shifter bushings were installed to remove some slack on the shifter stalk and she feels great now! If you want to go wheeling with your pals, a locking center differential is on standby, as well as a low gear setting for 4WD. The suspension is soft riding and sorts out the bumps well. The steering is light and power-assisted and the brakes feel confident. Lastly, new all-terrain tires were mounted and balanced at all four corners. The new rubber not only looks great but it quiets the ride down and 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.

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