1997 LC Prado 2.7l
Available for: $15,995
Value means a lot of things to a lot of people, but it's hard not to regard the 90 Series Land Cruiser as a decent one. The trade-off between size, refinement, and capability is tough to beat at this price point, and this 1997 is about as good as it gets. Finished in a Stellar Blue over Gray two-tone (K14), this sizable overlander is offered with a mere 87k verified and documented miles and is fresh off a recent service. Aside from some light dings, chips and scuffs associated from normal use, the paint is in fine shape and this eight-seat rig is set off by a set of OEM rainguards and a polished Aiba Works front brushguard. Affordable, durable, and great for year-round use, this Toyota would make for a wonderful daily driver, family adventure mobile, or weekend cruiser.
Fitting in between the J100 Land Cruiser and midsize Surf platform has its benefits. The cabin highlights some of these advantages such as the desirable third-row seating and copious amounts of headroom. Dual SRS front airbags are standard and the dashboard lacks any cracking or fading. The lack of field monitors allows for better forward visibility and this ute sits far above traffic. OEM audio functions well to provide a soundtrack to compliment the four cylinder engine and a simple to use automatic digital climate control system can keep all eight onboard cozy. The driver can find the ideal driving position thanks to a tilt adjustable steering column and the blue and gray textured cloth upholstery is in fine shape. The durable material lacks any major rips, stains or tears and is matched in the door cards. The headliner and carpets lack any major imperfections and a set of OEM carpeted mats are ready to protect against future soiling. Power windows, door locks and even power folding mirrors work like a charm to make daily duty a bit easier for all. For those looking to haul around a full squad, a third row can be easily deployed, or tucked atop the D pillars should you need some extra cargo space in the rear. The middle row folds forward and the cargo space on these is quite impressive for their size. Overall, the cabin is a fine place to be. It was well cared for in a prior life and should do a swell job at transporting future US owners.
Sharing most mechanicals with the 4Runner has loads of benefits. Easy-to-source parts and readily available service options can be had as the 3RZ-FE engine was sold here in the USA. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the four-banger whirls to life care of a new 12v battery. To keep the 2.7L running smooth as silk, a new engine air filter, and new fuel filter have been installed. To get the most out of the fresh oil change, we've also replaced the valve cover gasket, half moon seals, and resealed the oil pump to prevent any unwanted leaks. The four-cylinder is mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox. A full-time 4WD drivetrain underpins this body on frame platform and allows for surefooted year-round use. If you happen to encounter some snow or another loose surface a center locking differential can be deployed to maximize grip in both high and low gearing. The suspension feels quite confident plodding around on any terrain, and we've replaced a front inner and outer tie rod, and swaybar links all the way around to ensure the drivetrain is well bolstered for the road ahead. New brake pads and rotors have been installed all the way around, and this stout SUV has no issues coming to a screeching halt if needed. The power steering is easy to articulate for a truck, and the wheels have been wrapped in fresh Falken A/T rubber, perfect for tens of thousands of on and off-road 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.