1997 Toyota HiAce 4WD
Available for: $20,495
This full-time 4WD HiAce is versatile, capable, and refined enough to be considered one of the best JDM vans of this era. This 1997 is also stylish, with its Desert Dune Metallic (1A5) paint, rugged 28" Falkens mounted on Hilux Surf alloys and eye-catching vinyl. Aside from a few light dings and chips the van is in good shape cosmetically and is turn-key ready to roll as it's fresh off a recent service. With only 140k verified and documented miles on the clock, this legendary mid-mounted turbodiesel engine is barely broken in. Perfect for soccer practice to the campsite, we can see why so many folks love daily driving these Toyotas.
The cabin is spacious, nicely equipped, and even comes with a few safety upgrades not found in models just a couple of years older. Outward visibility is better than almost any model we sell, thanks to the cab over design. Hardly seen are the front-mounted dual SRS airbags which add some peace of mind for those who are safety conscious. The dash lacks any cracking or fading and is in good shape. The climate controls are close by and can pump in piping hot heat or cold aircon at a moment's notice. Directly below is a Pioneer touchscreen headunit that even has American frequencies. The sound quality is above-average and the volume can be cranked to the sky drowning out your spouse and kids if you wish! The driver also receives a tilt steering column to find the ideal driving position. Power windows and locks work like a charm although we did want to note the side mirrors are now manually adjustable only. The seats are trimmed in a soft tan cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and were cared for overseas. The middle row has the ability to swivel 180 degrees and also fold flat to combine with the rearmost row. The headroom is incredible and everyone has tons of space to move about the cabin. The headliner and door cards are in fine shape and we even have the OEM carpet mats on hand to protect against future damage.
The mid-mounted diesel drivetrain sits low in the chassis, making for surprisingly good handling for a van. That's not to say you're going to win any autocross races, but compared to a Plymouth Voyager, this thing handles like a sports sedan. The legendary 1KZ-TE that powers this transporter is fresh off a fresh oil and filter service. A new 12v battery aids ignition and a new fuel filter and engine air filter allow the 3.0L Turbo Diesel to run seamlessly. Mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox, power is fed to all four wheels through a full-time 4WD system. These vans do great on the beach and on other loose surfaces and are more refined over pavement compared to the Mitsubishi Delica, its biggest competitor. The suspension offers loads of clearance and is soft and supple over road imperfections. New sway bar endlinks improve the handling feel and the power steering is light and direct. The brakes feel confident reeling in the HiAce from higher speeds and grip comes from 28" freshly mounted Falken all terrain rubber.
*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.