1997 LC Prado TZ
The J95 Land Cruiser is one of the best Japanese SUVs we sell in terms of value. A refined ride, loads of amenities and safety equipment, and a surefooted Full-Time 4WD system are all part of the package, and it doesn't hurt that this Toyota touts top-tier reliability. Finished in a Desert Dune over Gray Metallic (K03) two-tone, this 1997 TZ model is set off by a factory front push bar, subtle rear privacy tint, and refinished 16" alloy wheels. Aside from a few light dings, chips, and scuffs this truck is no worse for the wear and this rig is fresh off a recent service. Boasting a mere 124k verified and documented miles, this 5VZ-FE powered hauler is barely broken in and is turn-key ready to be driven off the lot. With seating for eight, this Prado would make for a killer family cruiser, trustworthy daily driver, or weekend escape machine. Unique, affordable, and collectible this Japanese Classic is the real deal!
The cabin is clean, well-equipped, and highly ergonomic. The tall ride height and low-lying dash promote decent outward visibility, and the dashboard lacks any cracking or fading. Dual SRS airbags are standard and add some peace of mind for those who may be safety conscious. Atop the dash is a trick-looking OEM Field Monitor which displays outside conditions to those within the cabin. Directly below is the factory audio, which works like a charm, and a simple-to-use digital auto climate control setup. Cold A/C and piping hot heat can be sent through the interior at will, and the controls are intuitive, too. For more natural ventilation a factory moonroof can be unfurled and the rear side glass pops out for better airflow! The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column and adjustable lumbar support. Additionally, power windows, power locks, and power-folding mirrors all make daily use more enjoyable and work in typical Toyota fashion. The upholstery is in above-average shape and lacks any major wear such as rips stains or tears. The middle row split folds and tumbles forward to maximize the cargo capacity and the third row can be fully removed or stowed up on the D-pillars. The headliner is in good nick as are the door cards and carpets, and as a whole, it's really hard to complain about the cockpit.
Sharing most components with the US 4Runner, these Land Cruisers are easy to service and parts are readily available. The 3.4L under the hood is fresh off an oil and filter service and turns over with the twist of the key. A new 12v battery ensures that this quad-cam beast starts every time, even in the depths of the cold winter ahead. One of our trained techs took care of some preventative maintenance including a new fuel filter and engine air filter. To keep the electronics properly powered a new alternator was installed and we also replaced the old weary valve cover gaskets with new ones. The V6 sends power through a stout automatic transmission. Acceleration is more than adequate and sustained high-speed highway cruising is more comfortable than most SUVs we sell. For those looking to head out to the beach or a muddy set of trails, the Full-Time 4WD system provides lots of grip. In the worst driving conditions, a center locker can be engaged, and low-range 4WD is also an option. A new front left differential seal was taken care of, too and the driveline feels sturdy as it gets. The standard ABS brakes also received a rehab, and new front rotors and pads were installed. This hulk now stops on a dime and the power steering is light and easy to articulate so maneuvering about the tight confines of a city shouldn't be an issue. Lastly, we wrapped the wheels in 31" Falken all-terrain tires. The new rubber not only looks mean but quells road noise a bit 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.