If you want to explore and have friends, family, pets, and tons of cargo, we have you covered. This 1997 Granvia is the perfect transporter, with its powerful and efficient turbodiesel engine mated to a full-time 4WD system. Finished in a classic Alphard White Pearl Metallic over Graphite two-tone (042) this hauler is set off by a set of OEM rainguards, privacy tint, a stylish rear spoiler, and refinished aftermarket 16″ alloys. Aside from a few light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use, this van is in good shape although we did want to note the hood and front fenders were replaced in Japan. Fresh off a recent service, this capable and safe Toyota is offered with a mere 111k verified and documented miles. Packed full of creature comforts and amenities, this smooth-riding seven-seater seems to do it all! Ideal for weekend adventurers, loading up the tikes for soccer practice, or cruising down to the local Cars & Coffee this Granvia is a terrific Japanese Classic!
The interior is a bit different than the HiAce this model is based on. For added safety, Toyota extended the front end and added a bumper beam to comply with European crash standards. The result is a semi-bonneted design that offers more protection in the event of a frontal collision. For those fearing rear impacts, factory backup sensors will keep you safe, and are rarely found in vehicles of this vintage. It’s fair to say Toyota set a standard for technology back at the end of the last millennia. Dual SRS airbags are also standard and the driver’s unit is mounted atop a tilt-adjustable steering column. Electric locks, electric folding side mirrors, and power windows are also standard and work like a charm. The center stack includes functional OEM audio and a simple-to-use automatic digital climate control system. Rear occupants have their own zone and can choose between piping hot heat and cold A/C on demand. If more natural ventilation is your preference, a massive panoramic sunroof can be unfurled above the middle row. Not to be left out, the front occupants have their own sunroof as well, a manual tilting unit. The natural light let in by the dual glass assemblies makes the cabin feel larger and is a highly requested option for those looking to sleep below the stars. Speaking of which the middle row and rear bench can be converted into a sleeping surface and the middle seats can be swiveled 180 degrees. The headliner, carpets, and door cards are in good shape and have resisted major abuse over the last 25 years. Even the upholstery was cared for, lacking any major rips, stains, or tears. The Japanese OEM floor liners can be found still inside, protecting against future spills and stains.
The Granvia is powered by one of the most legendary Toyota turbodiesels ever built. The 1KZ-TE under the sloped hood is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly care of a new 12v battery. A new engine air filter and new fuel filter help the 3.0L to run seamlessly and one of our trained techs has replaced the leaky old valve cover with a new one. The torquey four-banger is mated to a slick-shifting automatic. Power is fed through a full-time 4WD system and the Toyota accelerates decently for its size. Highway cruising is comfortable too, and the long wheelbase aids high-speed stability. The suspension is soft and insulates the cabin against road imperfections. New upper control arms were installed by one of our trained techs to ensure the safety of everyone aboard when plowing down the highway. The Granvia also offers a fair bit of ground clearance to get you to your campsite if its out in the sticks. The ABS brakes feel capable and the power steering is light, yet on point. Finally, we have wrapped the refinished aftermarket alloys in a new set of all-terrain TOYO rubber at all four corners. The new tires will provide all the grip needed for tens of thousands of all-weather miles to come and quiet down the road noise a tad.
1997 Toyota Granvia 3.0TD
- Deepwater Terminal Road, Richmond, Virginia, United States
- #1309681 May 25, 2023
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