The Toyota Hilux is undoubtedly one of the best vehicles ever built by Toyota, and not just of the '90s. The US 4Runner and Tacoma are still regarded as one of the best performers by reliability standards and resale value. Unfortunately here in the US, we have a tendency to get shafted out of the best engine options and models due to strict US regulations. Our '95 Hilux is a prime example of this, fitted with the bulletproof 1KZ-TE 3.0 turbo diesel that was never offered here. The SSR-X trim came with all of the modern luxuries you'd want to a daily driver with the ability to go anywhere and do anything with a little aftermarket support. The paint is in excellent condition; for being 25 years old this Hilux looks better than cars half its age running around the US. The body looks just as good with no notable spots to point out. Naturally, there is a door ding or two, but nothing of concern. The stock body on these is instantly recognizable, however, if you want to take a more custom approach these are the same as the USDM 4Runner which means the aftermarket parts availability is through the roof.
The interior of the Surf has been kept up with just as well as the body, if not better. The greyscale striped seats are in outstanding condition with hardly any signs of wear. Normally with the SUV's like this, we see some seat wear along the bolster and leading-edge from getting in and out, but overall this one has been spared. Both front seats and the rear row are stain and discoloration free. Of course, on days where it's just too hot to roll around with the windows down the surf does have a strong A/C system to fall back on.
Powered by the brutish 3.0L 1KZ-TE turbo diesel engine this Hilux is ready to tackle whatever you have to throw at it. Without a doubt, the 3L was the best motor never offered here and famous for being indestructible. The large four-cylinder fires up quickly. Idle is as smooth as a huge four-cylinder can be, and the diesel clatter isn't invasive in the cabin. This reliable turbo diesel gets up to highway speed quickly and effortlessly, comfortably cruising at speeds. The stout automatic transmission shifts well, and the robust 4WD system functions properly.
UNDERSTANDING OF GRADING SYSTEM
5.0 - The exterior may have some very minor scratches/scrapes and dents. A very difficult grade to obtain, the unit will be in near perfect condition with very minor imperfections.
4.5 The car is a very high grade that you can be confident in. The car may have some very slight imperfections in the body work, but will not need major repair. Grade 4.5 and 4.0 are the top grades you could expect for a used car, and as such attract the top prices in the top 10%.
4.0 - The exterior may have some scratches/scrapes and dents. The car is in above average condition. No Crash history.
3.5 - The exterior has some noticeable large scratches/scrapes and/or large dents. They may require some minor panel beating work and/or painting. The car is in average condition taking in to consideration the year and Miles on the car.
3.0 - The exterior has many noticeable large scratches/scrapes, paint blemishes, and/or large dents. They will require panel beating work and/or painting.
2.0 - The car is in poor condition.
A - New or near new condition.
B - Very clean interior.
C - The car has some, or all of the following conditions:
1) Tears, cigarette burn marks, worn patches, dashboard warping, and/or has some small tears.
2) The interior is dirty and needs to be cleaned.
D - The car has some, or all of the following conditions:
1) Several cigarette burn marks in the interior.
2) Dashboard has a major warp.
3) The interior is dirty and needs to be cleaned. Some dirty patches will remain after cleaning. Needs work.