1998 Toyota LC Prado

Sold: $20,495

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Dollar for dollar, the J95 Prado has a lot more value than other similar trucks, and it may as well be the Toyota's best kept SUV secret. Our 1998 checks nearly all the boxes enthusiasts want. Torquey turbodiesel power, a slick shifting manual gearbox, and a third row, all backed by legendary brand reliability! This Prado TX is easy on the eyes as well, and is finished in Millennium Silver (K73). An integrated front brushguard, front OEM rainguards, and refinished OEM 16" alloys round off the aesthetic. Other than a few dings, paint chips, and loss of gloss the vehicle shows well aesthetically and is turn key ready to rock! With a mere 129k verified and documented miles on the ticker, this trusty 'Yota is barely broken in and is also fresh off a recent service here in-house. As a bonafide adventure mobile, family mover, or a reliable daily hauler, the J95 Prado is one of the most versatile Japanese Classics we sell!

A sharp contrast from the 70 series that preceded it, this 96's interior is plush, and is teeming with power appointments and durable materials. Additionally, it provides loads of head and shoulder room, and is logically laid out for drivers and passengers to easily navigate. The cabin's eight seat capacity is a highlight, and the grey cloth upholstery ties in nicely to the interior aesthetic and has also resisted any serious wear and tear over the years. The dash houses dual SRS airbags, and save for some nicks in the front door cards it's hard to scrutinize the interior materials overall. The center stack houses a simple Kenwood headunit. The audio quality is above average overall and an auxiliary input is on standby for your own tunes. An adjacent automatic climate control system has cold A/C and hot heat on standby, and a factory field monitor is mounted atop the center stack to assist aspiring overlanders. The power windows, locks, and electric folding side mirrors work like a charm, and an optional power moonroof unfurls easily to let in some natural light from above. For added cargo capacity, the 3rd row can stow atop the D-pillars, and the middle bench also tumbles forward to maximize available space in the rear. The 90 series is a durable truck, but the interior doesn't leave a lot to be desired in terms of quality. It's a breath of fresh air compared to the technology laden rigs of today, and we even retained the snazzy OEM carpet mats and factory literature to protect your investment!

Under the skin, the drivetrain of this rig is what really counts. Toyota's 1KZ-TE is stout, easy to own and maintain, and paired to a slick shifting manual it can withstand loads of use and abuse. Ours is fresh off a recent service and springs to life care of two new 12v batteries. We did a ton of valuable maintenance on this 3.0L, starting with a comprehensive timing belt and water pump service to replaced some aged components. We also changed out the serpentine belts, and sealed up a fresh oil and filter service with a new valve cover gasket up top. The engine air filter and fuel filter were replaced and this peppy four banger gets up to speed without issue. The turbo provides a sufficient nudge down low, and shifts through the manual gearbox are smooth and easy to command. Full time 4WD is always engaged, and an optional center locker can pay dividends on a dedicated off road excursion. It is equipped with a rear locker too, but that one is non operational. We didn't just stop at the engine, we rehabbed the suspension too, and new rear shocks keep your passengers from being jostled about in the back. We also installed new upper and lower control arms in the rear, and bolstered the ABS brakes with new pads up front. We replaced both inner and outer tie rods and wrapped the alloys in fresh 31" Falken rubber. This truck looks good, handles great, and the fresh rubber should provide tens of thousands of miles of reliable 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.

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