The Toyota Hiace is often overlooked as an overland platform which is bizarre considering the van’s global reputation for excellent reliability. Sure, the Hiace is no rock crawler, but it is available as a 4WD. That’s not all. Some models even incorporate locking hubs, high and low range, front and rear locking differentials, and more. It’s also relatively economical, especially with the legendary 2.4-liter diesel engine, which is considered bulletproof. Finally, it’s more than 25 years old, which means it’s eligible for U.S. import. We’ve featured a number of adventure-ready examples recently, including this 1994 4×4 Campervan, a 1996 4×4, and a 1996 3.0-liter 4×4 Diesel. If you’d like a better idea of how the Hiace performs as a round-the-world travel companion then check out Ashley Giordano’s interview with Overlander Elisabeth Schwarz. Today’s offering is by far the most impressive to date, and at just €16,500 OBO it’s also one of the cheapest. This stunning rig has already traveled from the Netherlands, through Asia, all the way to Japan, and with just 225,000 kilometers (140,000 miles) on the bulletproof 2.4-liter diesel engine, it’s barely run in. This proven rig features the desirable limited slip rear differential, extensive modifications, and shipping is available.
From the Seller:
“Our beloved van that took us overland from the Netherlands, through Asia to Japan, will be going on sale.It will be available on the usual local (European) car websites in the next few weeks, butt I already put it online here, since it’s also interesting to U.S. and Canadian buyers (the car is from 1994.) I am used to shipping cars, so I can arrange that.People checking this from North America, don’t confuse it with the Toyota Van model, this one is a Hiace. It’s bigger.
It’s a very rare Toyota Hiace 4×4 from 1994 in left-hand drive, not a Japanese import. We got it from Norway where it has always served as a car for the Red Cross search and rescue team. It was originally an eight-seater passenger van with a high roof.It is built to sleep two adults and two children. There are six seats in the car.Japanese imports can be luxurious, but this is a very simple van with simple technology. It shares the drivetrain with the Toyota Hilux, which both Top Gear and WhistlinDiesel could not destroy.”
1994 Toyota Hiace 4×4
The Hiace is fitted with a 4-cylinder 2.4-diesel engine that produces a modest 75 horsepower, but is exceptionally long-lived (with well-maintained examples seeing in excess of 750,000 miles). A dependable engine and drivetrain are matched with excellent go-anywhere all-terrain capability, thanks to a rugged 4WD system, high and low range, and limited slip rear differential. This particular offering has been further uprated for the road less traveled with a suspension lift, upgraded shock absorbers, and snorkel. Inside, the Hiace is not especially luxurious, but it does feature power steering, heated seats, and cup holders.
- Freshwater tank, 52-liter
- Fridge with freezer compartment, 45-liter
- Solar power, 175-watts
- Diesel heater with thermostat
- Maxxfan with remote
This 1994 Toyota Hiace 4×4 overland campervan is listed for €16,500 and is currently located in the Netherlands. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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