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Toyota HiLux Used Car Review

The Toyota HiLux was the first ute to become Australia's best-selling vehicle (in 2016), maintaining its status in 2017. Since its release in 1968, the HiLux has gone on to forge a reputation for trusted reliability and 'unbreakable' toughness. A performance variant called the TRD (for Toyota Racing Development) and featuring a grunty supercharged V6 engine was introduced in 2008 though this lasted only a year in showrooms. The eighth-generation Toyota HiLux was released in September 2015, retaining its comprehensive line-up of body styles and variants but improving in key areas such as refinement and towing ability.

Pros

Cons

  • Latest model improves off-roading and towing ability
  • Vast range of models, from cab-chassis to dual-cab
  • Latest 2.8L turbo diesel more refined than older 3.0L
  • Renowned for its reliability and durability
  • Missing key safety features prior to 2014 facelift
  • Maximum 5-star crash rating from 2011 onwards only
  • Jiggly and bumpy ride when unladen
  • TRD supercharged model (2008-2009) could be a handful
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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1998 Toyota Hilux (4x4) 5 Sp Manual 4x4 Dual Cab P/up

  • 365000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.7L

1998 Toyota hilux 4x4 Great car awesome condition Serviced every 7500ks with full synthetic oil Has log books Old man emu 2 inch lift kit with greaseable rear shackles Has brand new head done to motor and all new gaskets and belts aswell Brand new Air conditioner compressor (ice cold aircon) Brand new 33 inch Maxxis razor mud terrains Arb bullbar, scrub bars, rear bar (bar work has been fully raptor coated) Brand new arb bush ranger winch 10.000 pound 7 inch spotties Gme

$13,900
Forster, NSW

19/05/2022

Unfinished Project LS3 Long Travel Hilux

  • 1234 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

Time and enthusiasm has moved on and so should the project! Toyota Hilux, LS3, Total Chaos long travel front end, custom four link rear, patrol rear diff, patrol gearbox, marks adaptors, 270amp alternator, front and rear winches, red winch front, chrome moly cvs, tuned extractors custom exhaust, king shocks-triple bypass-hydraulic bump stops, custom fuel tank, muzz bar, custom snorkel, custom scrub rails-steps and roof rack Insane amount of money spent and quality fabrication

Negotiable
Koondrook, VIC

18/03/2022

V6 4.0L 4x4 Hilux

  • 254000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual

Toyota hilux V6 4L 4x4 2005 Manual 254k Kms 12 months rego GGN25R "Titan motor" very reliable. Extras ARB Winch Bullbar ARB Scrub Bars with side steps ARB long range fuel tank "mod plated" ARB air compressor "mounted under the bonnet" ARB Pneumatic rear diff lock TJM Snorkel Dual battery system "anderson plug to tray aswell" 2inch lift Led spotlights Rhino rack roof racks GME UHF radio Alpine head unit Front tradie Rack Solid aluminium Trade mate Extraca

$20,000
Wagga Wagga, NSW

11/03/2022

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Overview of the Toyota Hilux

Overview of the Toyota Hilux

The Toyota HiLux was the first ute to become Australia's best-selling vehicle (in 2016), maintaining its status in 2017.

Since its release in 1968, the HiLux has gone on to forge a reputation for trusted reliability and 'unbreakable' toughness. A performance variant called the TRD (for Toyota Racing Development) and featuring a grunty supercharged V6 engine was introduced in 2008 though this lasted only a year in showrooms.

The eighth-generation Toyota HiLux was released in September 2015, retaining its comprehensive line-up of body styles and variants but improving in key areas such as refinement and towing ability.

TOYOTA HILUX GENERATIONS (SINCE 2004)

2004-2015

2015-present

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption (current model)

4.0L V6 petrol (discontinued late 2017): 11.5-12.0 litres per 100km

2.7L 4-cylinder petrol (discontinued): 10.4-11.1 litres per 100km

2.4L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 7.1-8.5 litres per 100km

2.8L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 7.3-9.0 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO TOYOTA HILUX

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: TOYOTA HILUX

Huge reputation for reliability hasn't been a fluke, and the latest Toyota HiLux continues that theme.

However, like any modern, common-rail diesel engine, the Toyota's is subject to all the caveats. Those start with fuel-injectors that can fail, comfortably within the first 100,000km. They're expensive to replace, too.

Injectors seem to wear faster with heavy use, so a HiLux that has been used for towing big loads is one to be wary of. A service record is absolutely critical to know that you aren't buying expensive trouble. We'd also be very careful with a HiLux that's been modified for serious off-road work. Not that they won't handle it, but everything wears out faster with harsh use.

Ex-fleet examples have usually been well serviced and don't present too much of a problem, but the one we'd run away from is the ex-mine vehicle. The seller will try to convince you that the vehicle has never been underground (in a mine) but that doesn't matter: The mining industry kills vehicles dead. Best avoided.

And don't pay extra for a car with Bluetooth: Toyota's Bluetooth was rubbish and even the dealers couldn't fix it.