1990 Toyota Land Cruiser Diesel 80 Series (HZJ80)

  • Location: Portland, Maine, United States
  • Make: Toyota
  • Model: Land Cruiser
  • SubModel: GX
  • Type: SUV
  • Trim: Base
  • Year: 1990
  • Mileage: 202,000
  • VIN: 00000000000000000
  • Color: Silver & Gray
  • Engine size: 1HZ I6 Diesel
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Power options: Air Conditioning
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
  • Drive type: 4WD
  • Interior color: Gray
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Options: 4-Wheel Drive, CD Player

1990 Toyota Land Cruiser Base overview

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**eBay does not recognize the VIN on this Land Cruiser due to it being an import. Here is the actual VIN which is stamped on the chassis, firewall and also on the Maine State Title (see Photos):
HZJ800000685**
I purchased this left hand drive, 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser GX (HZJ80) with 318,000 KMs in August 2016 in Nicaragua, Central America. As I do with all of my imports, I drive, test and inspect all components and replace what is needed to make it safe for U.S. roads. This particular example was driven to 321,291 KMs (199,000 Miles) and now I am pretty happy with its performance. The kilometers will go up slightly as I to tend to favor this import due to its comfort and on-road drive-ability.
This Toyota Land Cruiser marks the first model year of the 80 Series. This is a base model, which means it came with the most basic creature comforts including, manual windows, manual locks, cloth/vinyl upholstery, however, a tastefully installed, double-din, touchscreen head-unit replaces the stock AM/FM cassette deck typical of this vintage Land Cruiser. It also has heat & A/C. The A/C needs a charge, but it does take r134a refrigerant.
This HZJ80 has the non-turbo, 1HZ 12 valve, single overhead cam, inline 6 cylinder diesel engine (4164cc) with just about 130hp. Behind the engine sits the H150F 5 speed manual transmission driving power to the solid front and rear axles. For suspension, this HZJ80 has rigid coil suspension, which overall, is comfortable compared to it's predecessor, the 60/62 Series that had leaf-springs in the front and rear.
In terms of recent work this 80 Series has new tie-rod ends (front and rear), new front rotors, repacked wheel bearings, new brake pads and new 265 70R 16" 10 ply "load range E" Mud Terrain tires on new 16x8" stock Toyota steel wheels. These tires have an estimated 2,000 miles on them from new. The tires/wheels have been balanced and the front end completely aligned after tie-rod installation. This Land Cruiser tracks straight and brakes very well with no steering wobble what-so-ever.
Recent maintenance includes air-filter inspection/oil check, full oil change using Shell Rotella 15W40 heavy duty conventional motor oil with Toyota oil filter and coolant test/refresh. The differential, transmission/transfer case oil was also sampled and appeared to have been replaced not long ago. The timing belt needs to be replaced at 380,000 KMs, so there's about 39,000 KMs left before that needs to be done. The current timing belt was inspected and has the correct tension and no oil residue around the cam. Last on the to-do list is a chassis lube and final inspection after driving it 3,000 + KMs.
This HZJ80 fires right up, even on colder days. It did need a double glow cycle on a 29 degree morning - this could also be due to an older battery. Shifting is easy and comfortable and all gears engage smoothly. I have been averaging 21-22mpg driving both highway and city. The manual 4WD engages smoothly in both 4H (Push button on dash) and 4L (Floor Shift). The 4WD light does not come on. I replaced the bulb and tested continuity and it all checked out. To test the 4WD I jacked it up on four stands and shifted from hi to low and also locked and unlocked the hubs. My second test was actually getting the rear tires buried in some mud and then engaging the push button high: it worked flawlessly. So, I am still trying to figure out the light, but it works.
The interior is clean for its age, but does show some signs of wear on the seats and door panels. There are no cracks in the dash and the carpets are free from stains. The rear cargo area has a custom vinyl insert that protects the nearly flawless carpeting underneath. The seats move forward, back and recline as they should and the headliner is clean and tight as well. All windows roll up and down without hesitation and are free from cracks. The rear hatch needs new gas struts - the hatch needs to be propped open.
The exterior has seen a respray and I do not believe this particular model was originally two-tone, although, two-tone was offered. The paint is of a good quality with very little fading, but there are some rock-chips and light scratches. There are no signs of body work and not a speck of rust to be found. The trim pieces are all intact, but do show wear and some dings/dents scuff the surface. Also fitted are the original mud flaps, running boards and chrome roof-rack. The body is clean overall and shows well considering its age.
The chassis is just as clean as the body with little sign of oxidation. The original black paint covers nearly every square inch of the frame to the axles. This 80 Series shows no signs of off-road use as all skid plates are still intact, clean and dent-free.
This 1990 HZJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser GX comes with a clean, State of Maine, Antique/Warranty Title and all related documentation making registration easy in any state (exceptions may apply to California residents). It has been inspected by a State of Maine Motor Vehicle Detective to verify the VIN number.
Updated info in addition to the above:
- New Thermostat housing, thermostat, bolts and rubber seal. Fully tested, heat is strong, cooling system "burped" and free from air.- Brand New OEM Radiator (Pictures available upon request)- Flushed cooling system- New Battery and Terminals on 06/20/2017
- New Fuel Filter, gasket and o-ring
- New U-Joints on front and rear shafts: all four were replaced with high-grade OEM replacements.
- Flushed both the front and rear differentials on 04/03/2017- Valid Maine State Inspection until April 2018
I will order/pay for a local, certified Toyota Master Mechanic to sign off on this upon a deposit. This is something I have done with previous sales. I am in no way a Master Mechanic and I do not want to mislead anyone in any way with my analysis of this HZJ80.
Located in Maine. Please contact me for more information.
Please fully read the above description and if there are questions, please let me know. This Land Cruiser would be classified as a driver as it sits, but could use cosmetic refreshening in the interior and on the exterior to get it back to stock appeal. If the 80 Series isn't quite your taste, I can source many other model Land Cruiser, including the 40 Series, 50 Series, 60 Series and 70 Series (available in both diesel and gasoline). Please visit nicanorth.com for more information.
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