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Most Popular Japanese Used Cars For Sale In Tanzania


Tanzania is one of the most stable and economically prosperous countries in Africa. For that reason, the market for cars and, most of all, used cars is considerably lucrative in the eastern African country. Most of the cars reaching Tanzania come from Japan, so this article will explore Japanese used cars for sale in Tanzania and some of the most popular models. 

Before we look at cars for sale in Tanzania, we will have a quick look at the country itself and the overall situation in the automobile market for the best used cars in Tanzania. 

The Country 

Tanzania is a country in East Africa on the Indian Ocean, bordering Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and DR Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. With almost 56 million inhabitants, the country is the fifth largest country in Africa by population. 

The state’s capital is Dodoma, but the largest city is the coastal city of Dar es Salaam with around 7.5 million inhabitants. The country is one of the most dynamic growth markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Due to its economic growth rates, Tanzania has not been one of the poorest countries in the world since 2020. The continued high population growth is around 3.03% per year. 

The Automobile Market Of Used Cars For Sale In Tanzania 

In Tanzania, the automobile market has most cars from Japanese builders like Toyota, Nissan, and Mitsubishi. Therefore, SBT Tanzania is one of the most popular portals looking for Japanese used cars in Tanzania. Still, of course, there are also numerous other opportunities to get the best-used cars for sale in Tanzania to the customer. 

With a relatively high demand for vehicles, there are several attractive options in Tanzania for purchasing used Japanese cars in good condition. In the following, you will see some of the most popular models described and an estimation of what you would expect to pay as a purchaser of Japanese used cars for sale in Tanzania. 

Toyota IST 


The Toyota IST is a small car made by the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota, which has been on the market since 2002. In comparison, the same car in the USA was sold in the first generation as the Scion xA. The basic design is similar to the Toyota Yaris. Initially developed with a crossover SUV design, the IST offered the flexibility of larger SUVs but with the benefit of better fuel economy. In 2001 it was presented for the first time at the Tokyo Auto Show, and in 2002 production started. 

At its launch, 42,000 copies were pre-ordered in Japan. Toyota had also initially planned to install a turbocharger, but the plans did not come to fruition. The IST is available with a 1.3-liter. However,  the 0FWD comes with a 1.5-liter engine that offers both FWD and 4WD. A fine-used Toyota IST is available in Tanzania at about 1.500 $US upwards. 

Toyota Probox 


The Toyota Probox is a small van that Toyota introduced in Japan in August 2002. The car resembles a pretty Toyota Succeed. However, the small, 5-door station wagon offers five seats. Moreover, the wheels are individual: at the front on MacPherson struts and wishbones, at the rear on trailing arms with coil springs. 

While the front wheels have a great design with ventilated disc brakes, the rear wheels are present with drum brakes. The car has 165 / 80 R 13 tires. 

The inline four-cylinder powers the DOHC engine of the Toyota Probox. Furthermore, it also contains Toyota’s best features, Variable Valve Timing (VVTi) and Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). The engine’s dimensions are bore × stroke = 75.0 mm × 84.7 mm, and the compression is 10.5: 1. 

The engine, type 1NZ-FE, has a displacement of 1,496 cm³, a maximum output of 105 bhp (77 kW ) at 6000 rpm, and a maximum torque of 138 Nm at 4200 rpm. Engine power divides equally among all four wheels via a manual five-speed gearbox or a four-speed automatic. 

The Probox comes with permanent all-wheel drive as standard. As a Van, the Probox would start in the 3.500 $US segment, while a wagon edition would lie at around 2.000 $US. 

Subaru Forester 


The Subaru Forester is an SUV from the Japanese automobile brand Subaru. All vehicle generations are suitable for light terrain with a ground clearance of at least 19 cm and permanent all-wheel drive. Depending on the equipment, the versions with manual transmission also have a countershaft transmission. It also has an off-road reduction. As usual in Subaru, the boxer engine powers the Forester. 

The automotive press describes the driving characteristics of the Forester. The care is secure and agile and gives a smooth driving experience. The vehicle was in its first edition equipped with a two-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine with 90 kW (122 hp) combined with a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic. In mid-1998, the 2.0-liter turbo model with 125 kW (170 hp) was also launched. As a result, you may find a Forester below 2.000 $US while, on average. However, in some cases, the used model can cost anywhere near 3.000 $US. 

Nissan Note 


The Nissan Note is a hatchback minivan. It was created in collaboration with Renault. As a special feature, the Note has a sliding rear seat: pushed back. Moreover, the Note offers legroom like in a luxury vehicle. However, the trunk of the Nissan Note then only holds 280 liters. If the rear seat is all the way forward, the Note swallows 437 liters, with still good freedom of movement for the rear passengers. 

The Nissan Note has an AWD/FF drive and comes with three different engine types: 1.2-liter petrol, 1.2-liter DiG-S petrol, and a 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine. The Nissan Note is available usually under 10k $US at an average of about 5k $US for a used model. 


Japanese used cars for sale in Tanzania offer you many very nice opportunities. They also have convincing offers for automobile lovers. Finding the best-used cars in Tanzania, especially the Japanese models are very successful and famous. The other benefit is that sellers offer challenging conditions.