1997 Toyota Hilux Surf 2.7L

Available for: $16,995

Stock #5678

Toyota's 3rd generation Surf is a vehicle that wears many hats, and with six different drivetrain options, there's a flavor for everybody! From the torquey turbodiesel to the fuel-sipping petrol inline 4, the Surf is one of the most versatile SUVs we offer, and for good reason. This 1997 RZN185 is equipped with the stout 3RZ-FE four-banger and smooth-shifting automatic transmission. Throw on a selective transfer case and plenty of space and amenities for the whole family, and you have a recipe for a seriously capable JDM hauler! Finished in Toyota's Desert Dune Metallic (1A5) this Surf is timelessly styled. OEM rainguards, rear privacy tint, and a choice OEM rear spoiler provide the subtle touches needed to make this sleek SUV stand out from your run-of-the-mill 4Runner on the roads. A tasteful set of aftermarket alloys wrapped in fresh Falken tires provide the finishing touches on this exterior, and this rig definitely looks the part. That's not to say the exterior is perfect, there are some stone chips, dings, and minor paint fade associated with normal use. Offered up with only 111k verified miles, this freshly serviced N185 is a formidable four wheel drive and the perfect Japanese Classic to tackle those upcoming winter months!

The interior is spacious, accommodating, and most importantly clean as a whistle! The striped corduroy upholstery shows nicely, with only some light stains present from normal day-to-day use. It's clear the Japanese owner took excellent care of this Surf, as the material on the door cards and headliner has held up superbly. The dash is in good nick, and the materials show well for a 25-year-old vehicle. No cracks, peeling, or UV damage are present on the dash material, and the flat black lower dash trim is good looking, to boot! Dual front SRS airbags are integrated for some added peace of mind, too. Nestled in the lower trim is a fully functional automatic climate control unit and a Panasonic audio upgrade. Not only is the climate control unit easy to use, but it boasts cold A/C and hot heat to help beat out the winter chills. There's certainly no shortage of power equipment present. Power windows, power-folding mirrors, and power locks all work at the push of a button, and the rear glass easily retracts to allow your four-legged friend some additional airflow in the back of the cabin. The rear seats are versatile, offering a slight recline for any sleepy passengers, while also folding all the way forward to allow some additional cargo space. Overall, the condition of the cabin is definitely above average, and aside from some light scuffs to the driver's side kick panel it's otherwise hard to complain about. We've even retained the factory carpeted floor mats and original owners manual to further protect your investment!

Under the hood, the 2.7l power plant has proven to be a fiercely reliable unit over the years, and with nearly all parts shared with its USDM 4Runner counterpart, servicing is a cakewalk! The motor fires up with the twist of a key thanks to a new 12v battery. Brand new spark plugs, distributor cap, and rotor button all help the four-banger purr confidently at idle. A fresh oil and filter service and oil pump gasket help keep this engine topped up on lubricant, and a fresh fluid change on the front and rear differentials should keep the driveline operating smoothly for tens of thousands of miles to come. The 3RZ-FE is a fantastic engine, offering plenty of get up and go for sustained highway driving, all while getting great fuel mileage as well! The cooling system also received a much needed refresh with our trained technicians installing a brand new radiator, water pump, and thermostat. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly, and the selective transfer case allows the driver both high and low gear options to traverse any less than ideal terrain. The suspension is pleasantly comfortable and compliant over loose surfaces, and despite its commanding ride height, the Surf is quite predictable in the handling department thanks to the new front swaybar endlinks. The power steering is light and on point for an SUV, and we installed fresh Falken rubber on all four corners to keep this terrific Toyota gripping the road for years to come. We've even performed a fresh alignment to maximize tire life and this super Surf tracks straight as an arrow!

*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.

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