1997 N107 Hilux Pickup
Toyota's 107 Hilux is a durable rig, with a global reputation for being practically unstoppable. Thanks to a recent endorsement of the truck's bulletproof nature, these trucks are becoming a common sight on stateside roads and trails, with examples like this 1997 YN107 being a great budget-friendly alternative to more expensive diesel offerings. Better yet, this one has only racked up 124k verified/documented miles on the clock, which is barely broken in in Toyota speak! Finished in Blueprint (8XA) a late-model Toyota hue, the exterior on this quad cab shows well, and is accented by a 2" lift, a custom front bumper bar, privacy tint, and menacing 15" aftermarket alloys with fresh Falken A/T rubber. Even better, we've sprayed in a fresh bedliner to protect the factory steel underneath. Save for some expected stone chips and dings throughout and a missing rear tailgate, this truck is no worse for the wear and ready to continue adventuring for miles to come, as it sports a mere 124k verified/documented miles on the clock. From the mountains of Japan to our stateside desert dunes, this Japanese Classic is a real tough cookie with a long and storied history!
The interior is strictly business, and in above-average shape for a 25-year-old truck. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding, thanks to a low profile dash and relatively high factory ride height. The dashboard has a simple, utilitarian layout and lacks any serious damage aside from some light splits and a notable crack above the glovebox. The 107 platform followed a simple ethos, as far as the interior design was concerned, coming equipped with only the necessities, and a bit of power equipment to make daily driving a breeze. A Kenwood head unit replaces the dated factory audio and the sound quality is decent. The simple to operate climate control system features cold air conditioning, and hot heat to help you power through the remaining winter months. The damage-prone OEM steering wheel has been replaced with a sleeker wood unit, which feels great in the palm as you pilot this classic pickup down the road. Power windows, mirrors, and locks are on tap and add a bit of accessibility to the otherwise classic cabin. The seats and door cards are upholstered in a gray herringbone cloth. It's a durable fabric, and apart from some rips and bolster wear on the driver's bucket the rest of the interior has held up miraculously well. The headliner looks good and is tight and taught. The carpets have been cared for as well and as a whole, the neat and tidy interior should satisfy the next driver and whatever potential passengers await.
Under the hood, Toyota's 3Y-E engine is a durable little unit, and luckily it's just as serviceable as any of the brand's other offerings of the time. A bit peppier than the 2.8 diesel commonly seen in these rigs, we've completed the maintenance needed to get this one on track for the road ahead, starting with a fresh 12v battery that was also installed to properly test the alternator. A fresh air and fuel filter ensures this one will always be free of pesky contaminants, and we performed an oil and filter service to keep her well lubricated until the next maintenance cycle. Acceleration is sufficient, and this tremendous truck has no issues getting up to highway speeds without hesitation. The 5 speed manual transmission is easy to operate, and the long gearing makes this thing a breeze to drive on the highway, prioritizing fuel economy in the process. As far as suspension is concerned, this one has been fully addressed in house to keep the ride comfortable, with new shocks on all four corners delivering a firm yet compliant ride quality. New front sway bar links and a new idler arm keep things stable on the handling side of things, and she stops on a dime care of new pads and rotors on the front. Lastly, new Falken tires should grip strong for tens of thousands of miles to come, giving this timeless truck the on and off road handling needed to excel wherever it goes.
*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.