JDM Diesel Previa: 1993 Toyota Estima Lucida 4WD

This next Previa looks so familiar at first glance, but falls apart under scrutiny. What’s up with those headlights? Is that wing stock? Why is it so narrow and skinny? Why are the bumpers so trim and tight to the body? Why does it have a postal truck backup mirror and a bumper mounted parking pole? The engine starts with the glack-glack sound of a turbo diesel 4-cylinder? White curtains and seat cover doilies? But the steering wheel on the right side is what gives it away — this is a sweet Japanese Domestic Market version of the Previa, known as the Estima Lucida and it comes with Lexus rims, a 3C 2.2 liter turbo-diesel, 4-wheel-drive and a manual gearbox. Looks like fun. Find this 1993 Toyota Estima Lucida offered for $13,890 in Canton, GA via eBay.

From the seller:

Just in is this JDM spec version of the legendary Toyota Previa! Check out this way cool 73K mile 1993 Toyota Estima Lucida & is a right-hand drive rig that was imported to the US from Japan in September 2020. Power comes from a strong 2.2-liter turbodiesel inline-four paired with a smooth five-speed manual transmission & 4WD all-wheel drive system, The van is finished in (046) Opal Tri-Coat White Pearl paint with gray cloth. Equipment includes 16″³ Lexus-sourced alloy wheels, lace seat covers, power gray fabric curtains, third-row seating, a heated and cooled storage box, and a Bluetooth-capable stereo with auxiliary inputs.

Only117k kilometers that equals 73k miles, Timing belt was done at 93k kilometers so that was done 15k miles ago. Recent work includes fluid services and replacement of the tires. The exterior has gray plastic bumpers and lower body cladding & those show nice. Equipment includes front fog lights, a fender-mounted radio antenna, window rain guards, a sliding left-side door, a rear roof spoiler, and an externally-mounted back-up mirror.

Close-ups of the trim and lenses can be viewed in the gallery. 16″³ Lexus alloy wheels with Pirelli tires look sharp & really set it off but makes speedometer MPH’s not read correct. The three-row cabin offers seating for eight trimmed in patterned gray cloth with matching carpets and dashboard plastics. Features include Lucida-branded lace seat covers, gray fabric curtains and a heated and cooled storage box mounted in the front center console. The van is also equipped with air conditioning, power windows, and a Bluetooth-capable Kenwood stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs.

An electronic toll collection module is attached to the center console on the driver’s side. Instrumentation includes a 180-kmh speedometer and a tachometer with a 5k-rpm redline. Since van arrived in USA it has had approximately 800 trouble free miles added & is a blast to drive. The turbocharged and intercooled 2.2-liter 3C-T diesel inline-four is mounted beneath the front seats. Factory-rated output was 99 horsepower and 159 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. This is one cool rig and bet you will not see another at car pool! This one is ready for adventure & is one smooth clean machine!

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