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 A$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 A$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 A$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 A$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 A$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 (2015-2020)
- Verified purchase
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 A$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.
Not much bang for your buck
Gonna keep this short and sweet. Terrible fuel economy. The cruise control system is garbage and interior/speakers/ just the little things are lacking. Had a Mazda BT-50 XTR before this I’ll never buy another Hilux can’t wait to get rid of it.
Purchased in August 2018.
I brought a new Hilux twin cab sr5 in 2014 and it was a good ute except the cruise control was very touchy it would kick back even on the slightest of hills but besides that it was a good solid ute with plenty of grunt I had the 4 litre fuel injection petrol motor with 4 speed automatic transmission and it certainly never run out of power, the interior was a bit plasticy and the sat nav dropped in the screen which was fixed under warranty the seats where very comfortable and quite a good ride for a ute . The service was great loan car and capped price services is a good thing all in all a good ute .
Purchased in April 2014 for A$51.00.
Good vehicle but not great
Brought the Hilux Rugged X as a boat towing vehicle and everyday work vehicle. Features for a $65K vehicle is quite low. Does not have a lot of the standard features you expect from a car this expensive.
Purchased in February 2019.
Gear box clutch
Brought 2018 work mate Hilux ute has bad back lash when let the clutch out told this is normal for these utes terrible feels like it 20 years old,crap look else where
- HiLux MK8.I 4x4 2.8L Turbo Diesel SR5 (2015-2020)
- Verified purchase
Oh what a feeling
On my second dual cab Hillux now, A turbo diesel this time, Great for long trips and around town or just towing a trailer very comfortable and great fuel economy.
This is the worst vehicle I ever bought
Hi I bought this Ute for $45888 from a dealership 09/2016 model was purchased in January 2019 still under warranty for peace of mind but after 3 months the Ute starts blowing a lot of smoke making noise from right front shock also find a rust spot near front windscreen on the roof I contact Toyota and was sent to closest Toyota service department left the Ute for 5 days till Toyota received parts change DPF and the shock about rust I was sent to panel beater to look at it I took the Ute an I was told he will send the quote to Toyota. I waited 4...weeks no contact from toyota I contact them a lady said the guy looking after your case on holidays for 6 weeks she looked on her computer and she told me your claim was declined by national warranty Toyota,after 2 weeks time I was washing the Ute and I found 2 more spots of rust contact guest experience Toyota I was told we can’t help you go fix the Ute yourself or you can get second opinion went to another Toyota service department still no help I was told again go fix it yourself my manager looked at it and refuse to put claim in.
Questions & Answers
From the breather valve is a hose going to chassis with what looks like an inline fuel filter does anyone know a part number for this filter or do I just replace it with any directional duel filter
Does a 2017 hilux sports bar fit a 2012 sr5 hilux facelift model??
Does a 2005 sr dual cab canopy fit a 2014 sr model
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