1997 Toyota Hiace Van with Chilean plates for sale in Osorno, Chile

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#1 Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:17

1997 Toyota Hiace Van with Chilean plates for sale in Osorno, Chile

Hi ! We are a family of three worldwide travelers. For the last year we have been lucky owners of this super comfy and reliable Toyota van, Don Pedo. We purchased the van in Osorno, Chile in the beginning of 2018 and traveled in it from Osorno to Arica, then on to La Paz, Bolivia through Lake Titicaca, back down to the coast of Peru, then all the way to Lima. Then in 2019 we headed South, exploring most of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia all the way down to Ushuaia.

Don Pedo handles gravel and difficult roads quite well. It also handled well the very high altitudes encountered when we went to San Pedro de Atacama, Lauca National Park, and then the roads on the high plains (4800 meters) of Peru from Puno to Moquegua and so forth.

The price is $6,800 USD.

We bought the van in Chile from a Czech couple with 4 kids that had purchased it from a Belgian couple who had acquired it from a Canadian.  Don Pedo has been in the world of foreign tourist drivers for a long time!

General information about the van:

• Model - Toyota Hiace 2.4L
• Year - 1997.
• A common van in South America, thus easy to fix and find spare parts
• Fuel - Gasoline
• No 4X4 but the van has quite high clearance.  We could reach every single place we wanted.
• Mileage: 314,000 kms.   Mechanics in both Chile and Argentina have told us the van will easily drive 100,000+ km
• We are the owners of the van and have ALL of the necessary Chilean documents to sell it, plus insurance in both Argentina and Chile.
• Technical revisionis still valid.   To update  it, you only need to take the van to a mechanic who runs basic tests and fills in the paperwork.
• Service conducted in November of 2018 included replacement of several undercarriage/suspension parts, all new brakes, and all new tires.

Details and included extras:
• King-size bed can be turned into benches with table placed in the center.
• 3 main mattress pads (4-5 cm thick) arrange each night to comprise kind size bed. We replaced these in November 2018. They still look and feel like new.
• Under the bed there are 3 large boxes for storage of footwear, clothes, toiletries, etc. 
• One large and one medium size plastic boxes for food storage- placed under the stove
• One cooler- placed under the stove
• Library: shelf/box for books, maps, etc.
• Two-burner stove that was purchased and installed in April 2018. It is possible to cook inside. The gas tank is placed on the roof and safely connected to the stove with a special gas hose. We never had any issues with that. The gas tank is replaceable and easily found in any town in Chile and other countries of South America.  5 kg tank lasted our family for about 3 months of cooking daily.
• Kitchen storage shelf above the stove fits all the cookware, utensils.
• Box for spices, tea, coffee, olive oil/vinegar, etc. next to the stove
• Windows all the way around allow great views even from the back. 2 windows in the back are permanently sealed and don’t open. The other 2 windows that open in the back and 2 windows in the front when open provide plenty of air circulation even on a hot day. We have never found heat to be an issue, even in the middle of the desert.
• Curtains: the van came with dark drapes from previous owners, but we made our own light blocking curtains from purchased fabric. These curtains can be Velcro-ed in place each night or during the day to avoid bright sun or curious people.
• There are of course some bumps, dents and scratches: there is one relatively big dent in the back and a couple of minor ones in the sides but these are all only cosmetic and don’t interfere with performance of the van. We were actually glad that the van looks this way, because when traveling in South America as Western foreigners (more so in Bolivia and Peru than Chile and Argentina) we attract attention.  However when people look at the van and see that it is old and a bit beat up, this unwanted attention goes away.
• Front window has cracks
• Tires: new, wider and higher tires were installed in November 2018.

The front cabin:
• 3 basic seats
• No power steering, but the van has a really tight turning radius which makes it easy to park, turn or turn around in a narrow space.
• Basic glove compartment and dash board
• Air conditioning is not working. We never needed it, opened windows provided plenty of air circulation.
• Heating system is working in the front of the van.

Electric system:
• Headlights, brake lights, turn signals, cigarette lighter to charge devices are all working
• There is also an American plug style standard AC/DC converter outlet installed inside to charge your devices (phones, laptops, cameras, drones, etc).  (U.S. based 110/120 volts).  It is connected directly to the battery.
• No radio

Included Equipment:
• Safety equipment: first aid kit, fire extinguisher, reflective triangles, and also reflective bands.
• 1 spare tire/wheel and 1 extra spare tire on the roof
• 2 twenty liter tanks for extra fuel on the roof
• Lockable toolbox bolted down on the roof with tools, spare parts, oil, etc.
• Jump start cables

• Jack

• Air pump (for tires)
• Plastic bucket to wash clothes or for other uses
• Bucket to wash dishes, clothes or yourself
• Solar protection for the windshield
• A table you can put inside and outside
• An indoor light
• A mosquito net (which we never needed to use)
• Large pot for cooking
• Large kitchen knife

  • solar shower
  • 2 bowls 


Things not working or not working well (minor details that didn’t affect our trip):
• The water pump to wash the windshield doesn't work (you can wash it at any gas station or just pour some water)
• Engine uses one quart of oil every 3k to 4k kilometers. Just keep an extra bottle in the van and add it when the oil level light comes on.
• No internal lights (it is ok, because we placed our own lamps  which run on batteries and last a long time)
• The windshield has cracks which is a consequence of driving on the dusty roads, very common thing in Latin America
• The trunk/ back door doesn’t open and it is now completely sealed. Trunk/under the bed space can be accessed by removing the boards that constitute the bed.
• Most of the back windows are sealed with tape to avoid dust from getting in the van when driving on dusty roads. Two main windows in the back still open, one in the kitchenette by the stove and another one in the slide out door.  Duct tape on the window seals only helps with making it look like there is definitely nothing worth stealing inside!

Contact us via phone: +1(424)2271315 or via email: [email protected]

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Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:29

the car

hi there

   we were the previous owner of the car a i can, we spend there tree months with for kids and can say that it is really good and reliable car.