1998 KZN185 Hilux Surf

Sold: $15,495

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Toyota builds legendary SUVs, and the brand's midsize platform, the Hilux Surf is a hallmark offering. Its low cost of ownership, impressive capability, and nearly bulletproof reliability makes this model ideal for daily drivers, weekend explorers, and everything in between. This lovely SSR-V is finished in a fresh coat of one-off Icestorm White, and is adorned with chrome bumpers and mirror accents, OEM rainguards, satin silver 16" aftermarket alloys, and some subtle privacy tint. Aside from some light paint imperfections, this turn-key turbo diesel Surf is ready to rock, and fresh off a recent service. At only 121k verified and documented miles, this 1998 is barely broken in. Powerful, efficient, safe, and capable, this collectible Japanese Classic not only looks great but drives even better! 

The cabin is logically laid out and includes all the power amenities you'll need to comfortably daily drive this wonderful five-seater. Dual SRS airbags are standard for those who may be safety conscious and so are ABS brakes. With lots of side glass, a low beltline, and skinny pillars outward visibility is above average and the dashboard is in good shape, lacking any cracking or distortion. The center stack includes a simple-to-use automatic climate system that is primed to blast cold air conditioning through the cabin for the remaining dog days of 2023. For those in seasonal climates, rest assured the heat works as well. For those who want to air out naturally, the rear glass powers down with the press of a button, and the standard power windows do the same. These features properly function, as do the power locks and power mirrors, making daily use more enjoyable. The confetti-style blue and black cloth upholstery is in good shape overall. Aside from some light bolster and seat bottom wear on the driver's chair, they lack any major rips, holes, or tears. They are also durable and those who require ample cargo to haul gear will love the fact the rear bench folds flat into the floor to maximize room for parcels. Unlike the US 4Runner, the rear seats also 4-way recline so that human travelers can undertake long hauls in relative comfort while in the back seat. The headliner and door cards are in fair shape and overall it appears the cabin was cared for in Japan. Aside from a nonfunctional headunit, some steering wheel wear, a small tear on the passenger side sun visor, and some carpet staining it's hard to complain about the interior. It even has the OEM owner's manuals on hand for the new US owner to enjoy. 

Under the skin, this platform is the same as the 4Runner, so parts and service options are straightforward and seamless. The biggest mechanical difference between our domestic models and this SSR-V is the powerplant. Enthusiasts love this big four-banger diesel, and the 1KZ-TE is fresh off an oil and filter service. A new 12v battery aids ignition and one of our trained techs also replaced the engine air filter and fuel filter. The 3.0L is linked to a smooth-shifting automatic transmission that works well with the broad torque curve of the 1K. For maximum efficiency, the transfer case has a 2WD setting. 4WD can be engaged on the fly when the weather doesn't comply or loose surfaces off the beaten path present themselves. Acceleration is impressive for an SUV and sustained highway driving is effortless. The power steering is light and on point and this Surf is a breeze to wield in the tight confines of a parking lot. While it was up on the lift we refreshed the suspension with new lower ball joints and a fresh alignment to promote long tire life. The brakes feel confident and grip comes from new 31" Falken all-terrain tires mounted and balanced at all four corners. For an SUV, this platform is fun, communicative, and enjoyable overall! Perhaps that's why the Hilux Surf is our best-selling model. 

*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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