1998 Granvia 3.0TD 4WD
The Granvia fits an important niche. It's a sizable, safe, 4WD transporter that can go about anywhere without breaking the bank. This 1998 is a wonderful example of the model and is finished in a classic White Pearl over Gray Rose Metallic (2EE) two-tone. Set off by a set of stylish 15" Bridgestone CV201 alloys wrapped in new Falkens, an OEM spoiler, and some subtle privacy tint, this turbo diesel-powered eight-seater is in good cosmetic shape, aside from a few light dings, scrapes, and scuffs associated with normal wear and tear. With only 104k verified and documented miles on the clock, this hauler is barely broken in and fresh off a recent service. Practical, efficient, and refined, this Japanese Classic would be a perfect family van, company hauler, or weekend camping vehicle.
The cabin is spacious and in above-average shape overall. Highlights include the optional dual sunroofs, the latter of which is electric and can be retracted for a view of the heavens above. Dual SRS airbags are standard and the low-lying dashboard promotes top-tier visibility. The dash lacks any cracking or fading and the controls for the functional OEM audio and digital dual-zone climate control are front and center. Rear occupants have their own controls and piping hot heat or cold A/C which can be cycled through the cabin on demand. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and power folding mirrors, power locks, and electric windows. These all work in typical Toyota fashion. The headliner is in good shape as are the carpets, which are protected by a set of OEM plush mats. Even the door cards have withstood major abuse over the past 25 years. The seats are stellar and trimmed in a blue and gray cloth. Soft to the touch the upholstery lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The middle and rear rows slide fore and aft, and the middle bench can also swivel 180 degrees, also including the ability to fold flat into a sleeping surface to boot! Even the front seats swivel, too! You can even pull the integrated table and chair setup out of the vehicle for an impromptu camping session. Obviously cared for in Japan, this quiet and luxurious cockpit leaves little to be desired and we think the new American owner will be well impressed by the condition.
Under the skin, this van is simple and sturdy. The power plant is legendary and has a reputation for its bulletproof nature. The 1KZ-TE starts with haste, care of a new 12v battery and we also replaced the fuel and engine air filters during its time in our shop. To maintain proper thermal efficiency a new thermostat was chucked in for good measure. We also had the ECU professional rebuilt and the repair carries a lifetime transferrable warranty with it. Linked to a sturdy automatic, the prodigious low-end torque makes highway merging a stress-free affair. Power is distributed to all four wheels through a Full-Time system and the long wheelbase distributes road imperfections nicely. The suspension is soft and predictable and a new right front ball joint was replaced for state inspection. There is plenty of ground clearance for the occasional snowstorm and ABS brakes are standard equipment. The power steering is light, yet on-point and grip is handled by four new Falkens we mounted and balanced at each corner. They reduce the road noise a bit and most importantly will provide tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip 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.