This 1990 Hilux Surf is an early build of the second generation of what we know as a 4Runner here in the US. This particular vehicle is unique for a number of reasons - both good and bad. We rarely if ever see a Hilux Surf in the States with the steering wheel on the left so that's in the good column. What's the bad?
We like these early Surf / 4Runner models with their no-frills lines and multi piece bumpers. We especially like the Surf versions with their swing-out tailgate and rear-mounted spare tire.
This truck has a clean looking leather interior which we have never seen before and assume is an aftermarket addition. Based on the patterns on the door cards we're wondering if it wasn't some sort of retrofit from a later model or maybe even a Land Cruiser? We'd love a bit of history -- specifically where this truck grew up with its steering wheel on the left.
Wheels are from a later 4Runner (and a Tacoma spare) and don't look too out of place with newish Bridgestone Dueler tires. No mention is made of suspension work but this truck doesn’t seem to be suffering from the sagging rear end that so many early 4Runners had.
Paint looks very clean but claims of "absolutely no rust" will need to be investigated as this truck seems to have received a through respray (including the bumpers?) and no shots of the underside are shown.
So, what's the bad? It's a 5 speed, 4x4, the seller lists a good deal of fresh service including a working air conditioner -- what’s not to like? We never thought we'd say it but the weak point is the 22RE. Most of these trucks had some sort of turbo diesel motor that was near unobtanium here. If the 22RE in this truck is original, it actually makes it a very rare combo. This is one case where we'd prefer a more common setup if it got us a 2L-TE turbo diesel.
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