1993 Toyota JZX90 1JZ-GE
Stock Number: 4658
Toyota's production of rear-wheel-drive sedans was near nonexistent to stateside buyers post-Cressida, which was an awful shame. Vehicles like this 1993 Toyota Mark II are a pleasure to drive and exemplify premium driving dynamics and top-tier reliability. Offered with a mere 110K verified miles and finished in a stunning Pure White (040), the body is in good shape other than some minor dings, chips, and scratches associated with normal use. Boasting sleek OEM-optional front lip, sides skirts, and rear spats, this legally imported and mechanically reconditioned Toyota would make for a capable daily driver or fun weekend toy!
The cabin is in good shape, and it's obvious the car was cared for in its prior life in Japan. With seating for five and tons of power options, the car's civility and refinement make it a great candidate for a daily driver. A tilting and telescoping steering column are standard and power windows, locks, and mirrors function as they should. The dash is in good shape, lacking any major imperfections such as distortion or cracking. The controls for the OEM automatic climate control are simple to read, and the large buttons are easy to depress. The A/C blows ice cold and the heat should keep the crew happy for the upcoming winter months. Even the factory radio works, providing audio to those who aren't interested in hearing the wail of the straight-six. Neutral tones are found all around, and the Cognac colored cloth seats are comfortable and still soft to the touch. They have some very minor staining and a minuscule hole on the driver's side seat bottom. While that feels like a bit of nitpicking, they lack any major rips and tears of note. The matching door cards are still tightly upholstered as is the headliner, and the carpets are in good shape. Even the OEM mats are included to keep the floor liners protected moving forward.
Under the skin, the spec sheet reads as you'd like. Sending power to the rear wheels, Toyotas silky smooth 1JZ-GE sits far back in the engine bay. Fresh off a semi-synthetic oil and filter service, the 2.5L whirrs to life effortlessly with the twist of the key. Idling nearly vibration-free, the refinement is something you'd expect from something German designed. A new set of spark plugs ensures proper ignition and needn't be replaced for miles to come. Acceleration isn't as quick as its turbo stablemate, but the sedan moves up to and above highway speeds with ease. The automatic gearbox shifts as it should, and lacks any hesitation or clunking. The suspension is compliant and the long-wheelbase of this platform does wonders for its highway ride quality. The platform feels stable and controlled, and the steering is quite communicative for a basic saloon car. The brakes are capable and the grey Toyota alloys are all wrapped in new tires. They reduce the noise, vibration, and harshness translating through the cabin, and will provide year-round grip.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.