The car – Toyota Mark II Wagon Blit 2002 (version Mark II in the body of the universal). It was produced from 2000 to 2007, and lasted three years longer than a Mark II sedan of the same generation. The current owner bought it 1.5 years ago for 385,000 rubles. The mileage is 427,000 kilometers. The car is rare in Moscow and its surroundings and attracts attention. Today, up to 600,000 rubles are asked for a good copy.
Black Blit looks like a natural hearse, but the light body is not associated with a gloomy theme. In the optimistic “silver” heavy and, in fact, loaded “shed” looks unusually fast and dynamic. The outlines of the luggage compartment windows, the lines of the windows of the cabin and the roof, as well as the edges of the body panels, forming lines and shadows, give the utilitarian “universal” very stylish look, which does not look old-school, despite the age of 17 years!
By the way, this “Mark” became one of the first cars in Moscow, which found a “Russian-Japanese” number! The test and filming team of Koles met with Evgeny and his car on August 8, and literally four days before that, a new GOST for license plates, which had been repeatedly postponed, finally came into force and allowed the installation of “square” plates with dimensions of 290×150 mm. However, this standard is allowed only for “stern” – the front number of the Blit traditional rectangular form, 520×112 mm.
Thanks to expensive and high-quality materials, the Blit salon has retained its decent appearance for 17 years, and the armchairs have retained their shape and elasticity. The owner only pulled the steering wheel and armrest cover with leather to refresh the interior.
In the center of the console there is a touch (resistive) display of MultiVision system, which is mostly useless in Russian conditions due to incompatibility and archaic standards. These are navigation, analogue TV, climate control, maintenance diary. In the glove compartment there is a CD/DVD changer.
The central grilles of the climate system deflectors have a motorized drive – the swing system. After pressing the button of the same name, the deflectors slowly move their horizontal blinds to the left and right, changing the direction of the flows so that you do not lose. And in a ceiling the frozen air-cleaning complex named on a slang of japonovodovodov “vacuum cleaner” is established. At the turn of the nineties and zero years in Japan, the problem of atmospheric pollution in cities with automobile emissions and various industrial dust appeared quite acutely, and many models of above average class cars were equipped with a fashionable chip – ionizer-cleaner. Although this device is a tribute to marketing, it still differs radically from modern trinkets inserted into the cigarette lighter and is really effective. Inside the ceiling-mounted device there are two filters – corrugated paper dust and a filler made of absorbent pellets with silver ions. The air passing through these filters also passes through the high voltage electrode mesh forming the corona discharge – it is additional filtration, disinfection and ozone saturation. The only problem with such filter units is the high cost of replaceable elements, for which there are no non-original analogues…
The “hold” of the car is huge and by itself, and, moreover, with the back of the back sofa folded. It is folded flush with the trunk floor, which allows not only to carry a huge amount of junk, but also to spend the night in the cabin if necessary. By the way, the boot door has an electric door closer in this set!
Most of the interior elements are quite traditional. Flat panel dashboard dashboard scales without any “wells”, “ladder” ACP selector, classic ignition key.
Under the hood is a 1G-FE BEAMS engine with a 4-speed torque converter. 1G-FE is a 24-valve in-line atmospheric “six” designed for Toyota rear-wheel drive models and first introduced in 1988. Ten years later, a revised version with the VVT-I phase-regulator system and a number of other advanced auxiliary systems was released. These engines received the BEAMS index – a more marketing than technical abbreviation “Breakthrough Engine with Advanced Mechanism System”.
Specifically, our engine is a 2-liter 160 hp, with a VVT-I valve, a throttle cable drive, and an air filter integrated into the inlet manifold. This is a quite successful and well-designed Toyota engine, which, however, in the circles of fans of the Japanese car industry has a reputation not the most reliable. It was formed mainly at the expense of fans to squeeze power from the atmospheric “beams” like from the turbine “j-zet” and ignore the requirements of this engine to the quality low-viscosity oil…
There is very little “Markov” of the ninth generation in the body of the universal in Russia, so the body parts from the disassembly are in low demand and very cheap. For example, the lid of the trunk (complete and in color) cost Eugene 1700 rubles in Ussuriysk (plus sent). Two rear doors – a thousand (!) rubles apiece (because of our winters they had a slight corrosion at the bottom, and due to the peculiarities of pricing for spare parts for this car doors were cheaper to buy used and the same color). Xenon headlight assembly with ignition unit – 900 rubles…
The reliability of a well-groomed “Japanese”, made for the domestic market, is known, and, actually, mainly for this reason, the current owner and chose Blit. The hollow machine, despite its age, practically does not require current repairs, not to mention unexpected surprises – all the works, which Eugene did with it, belonged to cosmetic and carried out for his own pleasure.
On the move
The seats and the landing of the “wagon” were designed with an emphasis on comfortable long-distance travel, so you feel at home driving, even without adjusting anything at first. The visibility due to the abundant glazing does not cause discomfort. The turning radius for such a large “barges” is very small, and maneuvers in the parking lot do not take up too much time. Brakes left much to be desired until the owner put compatible “bolt-on” front calipers from Toyota Celsior – 4-piston (instead of two-piston) and with 315 disks. So now they are very tenacious and precisely dosing braking force.
Blit was conceived as a “semi-sports wagon”, and it really does have an excellent steering wheel and an excellent weight distribution of 51:49. That’s just a 4-stage machine is very thoughtful, and two-liter atmosphere is somewhat weak for a heavy body – the machine gives some sense of drive only if you work with your right foot on-off principle … After the set of 4.5 thousand there is a small “kick” and there is a feeling of inclusion of the Ma-a-a-alenkoy of such a tiny turbine – it triggers a phase. The consumption of a massive “barn” in active mode in the city easily reaches 13-15 liters, reducing to a dozen only on the track.
Blit doesn’t provoke active drive and doesn’t offer to play racers, but rewards with “ship” softness of suspension peculiar to a business class, easily swallowing even polymer “lying policemen”, and worthy noise isolation, allowing to talk comfortably at the speed from 120 km/h.
Toyota Mark II in our country is known mainly for its model range from 6 to 9 generations (1988-2003) and is perceived by most people as a richly equipped “evil” sedan, perfectly suited to the spirit of JDM. The body “universal” at Mark II seems to many people alien and “not canonical”. Although in the history of the Mark II, which began in 1968, there were always versions of the “Wagon”. However, the change of generations of the “Mark” for universalists was almost always atypical. For example, a universal from the fifth generation in the body of the 70th series appeared together with a sedan in 1984, but it was produced for 13 years – it was replaced only in the 8th generation of “Markov” in 1997… And the “changer” had only the name of Mark II (and even with the prefix not “Wagon”, The real “Mark Wagon” came back only in the last for the ninth generation model, the Mark II Wagon Blit, and was built on the basis of the Toyota Mark II sedan.
Wagon Blit, as well as its predecessors-universals, again “went against” the official dates and dates for the model. Mark II sedan of the ninth generation lasted on the conveyor from 2000 to 2004, but the wagon was produced for three years longer! The concept of the “car” with a sporty dynamic appearance turned out to be very successful and attractive. And in the version with 280-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-liter engine of the JZ range, the car allowed not only to take away half an apartment at once, but also to play around in a straight line, and even to fiddle with it.