I upgraded to the turbo-diesel version (KZN-165R)
This is the second review for this model that I've written - since writing my last one (LN-167R) I've upgraded to a 2004 turbo-diesel version (KZN-165R). I somehow managed to find one with less than 200,000 km on it.
This model comes with electric windows, rear mirrors and central locking, which is a nice touch, but unnecessary in terms of the purpose that most people would buy this vehicle for.
Most of my comments from the non-turbo version still stand, the only difference is now the engine has more urgency to it and behaves like a "normal" ...car in terms of acceleration. Hills are no longer hurdles to contend with and with the right gear selection you'll actually continue to accelerate up them. Freeway driving is much better though, with the engine sitting at a leisurely 2000 RPM (@100km/hr) instead of a screaming-like-a-banshee 3000 RPM in the non-turbo. This was actually the main reason I bought this vehicle (and having a family member "adopt" my other one). Maintenance remains as simple as before, with oil, air and fuel filters reasonably accessible in the engine bay. I haven't installed anything in the dashboard area yet, but it's exactly the same as the other model. All in all, either model is fine, one is just cheaper and a bit slower. Adjust your expectations and it will still be a solid and reliable workhorse. This gruntier one evens out a few of the minor niggles in terms of RPM and power.
Purchased in January 2021 for $20,000.00.
Australia’s best built car
I have purchased the hilux workmate duel cab brand new in 2008 after having a melon previously..the car has served me extremely well to this day I still drive it..never had to pay for a major part and its going on to 13 years. Regular oil and filter changes that I do my self and take it to a mechanic every 50,000 for a check up
Too many issues to call it a good vehicle.
Early 2013 3.0 Turbo Diesel. Purchased with 140.000 km on the odometer. Impeccable service records.
Timing belt had been changed at a Toyota dealership, but the idler & tensioner had not been replaced. That cost $300.00
$2640.00 to replace injectors at 160.000 km.
One mechanic quoted 4k for the injectors!!!
Took four mechanics to read the injectors values correctly, ( one of which is a SUPPOSED Diesel specialist ).
The fourth mechanic showed me the feedback values & explained why the job was necessary, and told me to stop driving the car immedi...
Purchased in January 2020 for $24,000.00.
reliable and cheap to maintain. 2005-2006 models are the go to for reliability
great car and has been quite reliable. have replaced a few things but its to be expected with a 15 year old car. starter motor has been doing its job for 15 years and almost 300k. easy to understand why it's the most popular ute in Aus.
very cheap on fuel! use about 11 litres per 100km fully loaded
car is used for camping, travelling and commuting.
used multiple times per day.
oil changes every 5000kms and oil filter changes every 10000kms no issues with the car, hard to fault them.
Purchased in December 2017 for $24,000.00.
What a vehicle , what a company
In January this year I decided to purchase a brand new vehicle and ended up picking the latest model Hilux SR5 4X4. The process of ordering it, getting it and ongoing life with it has been an absolute pleasure. The dealer I purchased it through (Kalamunda Toyota, WA) were, are and continue to be fantastic. They are approachable, knowledgeable and very helpful. I will not go anywhere else now. I am now looking at getting a new car for my wife and will head straight to Kalamunda Toyota.
In terms of the vehicle itself, it is extremely nice to ...
Purchased in February 2020 at Kalamunda Toyota for $65,000.00.
Design faults and problems
Design of the seat and steering column/ wheel means that people with large thighs struggle to get in ad out of the car as you get stuck getting in and out. Steering column has limited height adjustment as does the car seat. Further seats do not fold forward to place tools etc behind. Would not recommend for larger built people.
Purchased in April 2020 for $25,000.00.
The car is ok ... when it doesn’t have problems
The 2017 models the have some known mechanical issues, however if the prevailing attitude at Toyota was attempting to work harder than ever for your business and rectifying issues one might have more brand confidence... but given the quite ‘breakable’ nature of this new Hilux, there are some unnecessary questions around the Hilux as the reliable workhorse.
Overrated, overpriced, & lots of niggley problems
Purchased Nov 2010 model SR 4x4 dual cab Auto June 2019 and sold it less than 12 months later as had enough of it. Had full Toyota History & had never seen hard work, however this didn't seem to stop it from having lots of problems. Too many to list year, but will focus just on the last 2 weeks of ownership. Water inlet bottle for radiator got a chip in it & had been leaking for weeks but found it one day when stopped & heard the hissing noise, saw leak that time, with fluid level down by over 2 litres! No warning lights!, Rocker cover Gasket s...tarted leaking, bolts badly corroded when removed & one snapped off, as well as unable to remove injector inlet into rocker cover as would not budge, lock nut made of muck metal! Front brake rotors warped, Rear drum brake pad sticking, heaps of white smoke billowing from exhaust when starting, Cd player stopped working, engine immobiliser stopped working, air bag light on, Clock spindle faulty and Toyota no longer covers under recall, horn worked only when steering wheel is turned, cigarette lighter stopped working, wheel alignment needed doing for 3rd time in less than 12 months, there is more but really its getting me upset the longer I type. This is my 3rd Hilux & my last, not happy Jan! Couldn't bare the never ending dents in panels, always at the panel shop, never had any problems really with the D22 Navara I owned for 3 years prior, Hilux is more spacious and really trades on its name, & not the car it once was. Rust ,Rust. & more Rust eating underneath paint in roof! Glad to see it sold, I refuse to put up with rubbish!
Purchased in June 2019 for $16.49.
Solid, Dependable Workhorse.
I traded in a nine year old 4x4 hilux and purchased the petrol automatic version of the Workmate. I was pleasantly surprised by the high level of safety equipment and solid build. It is great to drive and has superior sound deadening to my previous hilux.
I have found the petrol consumption high, consistently over 11 litres per 100km compared to my previous diesel version of around 8l per 100km. That said it is slightly cheaper to service and for the price quite a bargain.
I added a nudge bar, reversing camera, metallic paint, tow bar and upgra...
85K in still good.
Bought this in 2016, and done one review already. From Aug 2016 have done 87,000 km. Mixture of short and long runs.
Since then no major issues. Paint very thin, and has worn through where my sweaty arm touches often. A slight judder under heavy braking, which is better when loaded, I am thinking it is wheel balance, will find out when new tyres fitted this week.
Power is better now that it is run in, and even has some to spare when loaded and towing a 2.5 ton trailer. Fuel economy never worse than 13l/100, even when towing. Usually 9 - 10 per ...
Purchased in August 2016 at Pacific Toyota for $58,000.00.
Bought this 2018 Hilux 3 weeks ago and must say very impressed with how it drives and the features included for a basic workmate ute. Very smooth and comfortable daily driver.
Best car I ever owned
I bought my SR5 in 2014 done 223,000 some very long drives from Karratha WA to Perth WA and Sidney NSW to Tom Price WA with hotshots for mines. Car never give me any trouble just basic services and tyres. Never have done brakes on it. Drives much the same as the day I got it. Highly recommend the SR5 never let me down.
Purchased in September 2014.
poor ride/bad fuel consumption
had to upgrade suspension due to weight carried in the rear, also says its a 80 litre tank, warning light comes on when 12 litres left and sometimes 20 litres, the most I have put in it when refueling is 69 litre, can only get around 560 kms from a tank, vehicle is 250 kg under GVM, so its not over loaded, this is sitting on a speed of 110km WA, and some driving around town, poor fuel economy for a 4 cylinder.
Purchased in September 2019.
7 Years & 220,000KM - Zero Issues!
Purchased our current Hilux new in 2013 and as of January 2020, still own it with no plans to sell. Have done 220,000km in that time and have only done standard servicing in that time - nothing has failed and we have had zero breakdowns.
Is it the best or most capable 4wd on the market? No, but it has been outstandingly reliable for us with a mix of daily driving, dirt roads, offroad touring, towing a van, beach driving and more.
Keep up the servicing and they are a tough little unit!
Purchased in June 2013 for $42,000.00.
Great work horse, not a problem!
So reliable 1984 model was voted most reliable car ever. Love my luxey. Have a workmate 4+2 man and tows so easily put near 1 tonne in it every day handles so well. had a triton and hated it didn’t tow well or handle weight. Hilux is total opposite. Search top gear Hilux to watch a 3 part short film on trying to ‘kill’ one.
Purchased in May 2016 for $37.00.
Best car Ive ever owned!
The car gets used day to day wether being for travel to work, four wheel driving or long drives it never misses a beat, being well looked after and serviced when need be its never given me any major issues.
Strong engine and just a tough 4x4, would not change it!
Purchased in October 2017.
Terrible fuel consumption,
Fuel consumption over 12ltr/100kms, Automatic gearbox (artificial intelligent) has overcomplicated itself. Without a Toyota reset these vehicles don't go into 6th gear within the legal speed limit. They admit this is a large contribution to the high fuel consumption, but don't want to release it to the media.
Purchased in December 2018 for $56,000.00.
Reliable, cheap to run, go anywhere
Purchased new sr5 plus this year mainly due to reliability and style. Little slow but it is a Ute... drives great on and off road cheap to run for 4wd. Stereo is a little glitchy, interior is great and the whole thing is built well. I got a good price otherwise its an expensive dual cab compared to others. Mine has the upgraded system for dpf and Ive never had issues here, acceleration isnt awesome but power button definetly sorts this for overtaking and manual gearbox is effortless. I love it but have owned 4wd utes prior...its no passenger car
- HiLux MK8.I 4x4 2.8L Turbo Diesel SR5 (2015-2021)
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Top Of The Price Bracket Of Utes Middle Of The Road Features
After being disappointed with the reliability of a Ford Ranger (PJ) and Mazda BT-50 (MKII 2014), I've purchased a 2019 SR5 Hilux. While I'd normally wait a few years to review a car (so I can see how it performs mechanically), I thought I'd do an initial review of the apparent highest selling 4x4 utility.
Generally, I'm pretty happy with it at present, however there are some strange things going on in the world of Toyota and Hilux.
Let's start with the good:
I really like the look of it - The SR5 has the right dimensions, 18" alloy wheels lo...
Purchased in August 2019 at Canberra Toyota for $58,000.00.
Good and solid but not perfect (what is?.....)
This is my third brand new. Hilux over 20 years. Funnily every time advances are made in engine performance it is lost with an extra bit of anti pollution gear, this time round the dpf thanks to those late sipping europeans.
The dpf is fine if you are the same as me and live in the country,very short city drives will get you into the well published problems with the dpf. Mine has been no problem, even when I lived in canberra as I drove about 15 kms to work. The only issues with it have been noisey rear brakes, but that is what you get wit...h drum rear ends.....and that is about it, always reliable. Engine performance is adequate with a high degree of drivability with the power coming on at low revs I have a larger type boat and the hilx will pull it ok but it is a bit pedestrian. Economy about 9.5 and towing heavy about 12, Interior is nice and has lasted 100k well. All in all a hilux and worth it, by the way a very good truck, and a very good 4 x 4. Ride is typical dual cab ute, I have a canopy so it rides very nice, just need a bit of weight in them, you cant have a car like ride in the rear of these and carry a heavy load, no ute can do that. The steel in hilux springs is high quality japanese steel, so when one of these after market spring sellers say otherwise it is just rubbish, (particularly when they use cheap chinese steel) I got mine reset to match the canopy etc and they are excellent. Worth buying as you know what you get, ALL car dealerships suffer problems so you just have to be patient with the whole lt of them!
Purchased in October 2015 at Canberra toyota.
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual||Automatic and Manual||Automatic and Manual||Automatic|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Wheels||16" Steel||17" Steel||17" Steel||17" Steel|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Doors||2 to 4||2 to 4||2 to 4||2 to 4|
|Seats||2 to 5||2 to 5||4 to 5||4 to 5|
|Fuel Consumption||10.7 L/100km||7.8 L/100km||7.9 L/100km||7.9 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||80 L||80 L||80 L||80 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.7L Petrol||4 Cylinder 2.4L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 2.8L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 2.8L Turbo Diesel|
|Max Power||122kw @ 5200rpm||110kw @ 3400rpm||130kw @ 3400rpm||130kW @ 3400rpm|
|Max Torque||245Nm @ 4000rpm||400Nm @ 1600-2000rpm||450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm||450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand|
|Tray Type||Cab Chassis and Pick Up||Cab Chassis and Pick Up||Pick Up||Pick Up|
|Cab Options||Dual and Single||Dual and Single||Dual and Extra||Dual and Extra|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||2,500 kg||2,800 kg||2,800 kg||2,800 kg|
|Maximum Payload||1,210 kg||1,225 kg||1,000 kg||1,030 kg|
|Ground Clearance||193 mm||216 mm||311 mm||311 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Sept 2015||Sept 2015||Sept 2015||Sept 2015|
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