1997 LC Prado TX
Toyota's beloved line of Land Cruisers are known for durability and capability, but this J95 adds a healthy heap of performance and refinement. Our 1997 seems to be the perfect all-around SUV, with its torque-pumping intercooled turbodiesel, manual gearbox, and surefooted full-time 4WD system. Whether you're looking for a daily driver, weekend trail warrior, or family hauler, this recently serviced 124k verified and documented mile example has all your needs covered. Finished in a Desert Dune Metallic over Dark Gray (K03) two-tone, the paint is in good shape aside from some minor dings, chips, and scratches associated with normal use. Set off by a set of OEM rainguards and a factory push bar, this eight-seater looks sharp and drives even better. Collectible, practical, and determined, this Japanese Classic is the real deal.
The cabin is spacious and filled with quality electric equipment and a few upgrades. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding as this tall ute sits above traffic. Centrally mounted atop the dashboard is an OEM field monitor which displays the outside conditions for adventurous types. Flanked to the left and right are standard dual SRS airbags, which add some peace of mind for the safety conscious. The dash lacks any cracking or fading and the digital climate controls are simple to use and easy to reach. Cold A/C and piping hot heat can be dialed in year-round, and a Pioneer touchscreen head unit supplies an acoustic soundtrack. Power folding mirrors, power locks, and power windows all work in a typical Toyota fashion making daily use even more enjoyable. The textured cloth is in above average shape and the pattern breaks up the gray interior color palette nicely. The middle row can fold forward and the optional third row can be stowed up on the D-pillar or removed completely to maximize storage. The headliner and door cards are in good shape and the carpets have held up well too, despite some light staining. All in all, it's impressive how well this cabin has held up over the last 25 years and we think the new owner will surely appreciate it.
Mechanically this model is similar to the 4Runner which makes parts and service a snap. There are a few major differences, such as the standard intercooler which results in a few extra ponies. The other major difference is the full-time 4WD system. The 1KZ-TE that powers this rig is fresh off an oil and filter service and turns over with the twist of the key. A new 12v battery will last for several winters to come and a new fuel filter was installed too, to keep the 3.0L running like a champ. The five-speed is linked to a full-time 4WD transfercase that has a low gear setting and a center locker that can be engaged if needed. While getting moving forward is never an issue, stopping an SUV of this size is no easy task. The standard anti-lock braking system has been bolstered by a set of new brake pads up front. This rig now slows to a stop without breaking a sweat and with power-assisted steering, this cruiser goes right where it is pointed. The suspension offers loads of ground clearance and is on the softer side. It coddles occupants against large and small road imperfections alike and delivers a smooth ride. The five-spoke alloys are all wrapped in Radar all-terrain rubber. The nearly new tires ride quietly 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