I have a '93...
... Japanese import which had done 93 thousand kilometers when I got it and it was described by a friend who checked it over with me as the cleanest 80 series he'd seen. I still have it, have been thinking about selling it (not for 3 grand I'm afraid) but will probably hang onto it for a bit.
Mine is a VX Limited, auto 12 valve, no abs, all 3 diff locks, front centre and rear ( I haven't done the mod for the low range/centre diff) and other than that, it has a/c (rarely used) and the centre console contains a rather handy fridge/ice box which obviously gets stuffed with
. I've done other bits to it but it is a great car.
I spent an age looking for a good car (had to be auto) and saw a lot of junk 80 series but by paying a little more I got a good car. The engine in particular seems to be very sweet.
I grew up with TLCs in Kenya (swb petrol jobbies) and when it came to getting an overlander it was a bit of a no brainer.
'Nuff said, I'm rambling. Fab that your parents are going for it.