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.
Best car ever
Such an Amazing car, built tough
I’ve generally drive around 3 hours and day
Only get the car serviced once a year and I’ve never had any problems
Best and most reliable car I have ever owned
Would recommend getting the diesel as it does chew through petrol pretty fast
Love this car!!
Easy car to drive and even easier to clean!! We bought the SR model as a farm ute but now i drive it everyday. My kids often eat in the car but because of the flooring I just sweep it out and use wipes to clean ot. So much easier than carpet! My favourite car to date!
My rig is my life
Pretty stoked to drive my new hilux workmate home. She is like driving a dream and wouldnt trade it for anything else. . Plus it has ample leg room for the big fellas (myself.)
And good on petrol. Side toolbox attachments make it perfect for any work type you are doing and the most reliable ute ive had.
Takes me everywhere
Had my Hilux for around a year and a half now, have put 50 thousand kms since I brought it second hand at 170 thousand kms.. is my daily driver, has taken me through the harshest terrain up the east coast multiple times, Fraser Island, multiple trips up the vic high country, Birdsville towing a camper trailer.. has never let me down on a trip..
Only problems I've had with it is I did the diff bearings a few months ago and done an Altinator from a few too many creek crossings
Was also an ex mining car in its early days up in Mackay
2 engines within 122,000kms!
Purchased a diesel 2010 SR5 Hilux brand new. Had problems at 98,000kms. Took to local dealer (full service history with them). Told us starter motor needed to be replaced. Agreed. Days later we were told it was actually the injectors. Agreed to replacements. Eventually informed there was no compression in No 4. cylinder. Paid thousands for all unnecessary work done - in order to get vehicle back. Had replacement engine installed elsewhere. Got the second engine from a 2013 Hilux - 30,000kms on clock. Lasted approx. 18months. Now THAT engine ha...s gone. No 4 cylinder again. Our 2010 Hilux has now done 122,000kms and has been through 2 engines. Both times it has been No. 4 cylinder that has failed. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts neither the dealer nor Toyota head office want to know anything about it. Have been told it's just our bad luck. Disgusting service and SO disappointing. Fully expected it to last till to at least 300,000kms. Can only recommend everyone forget Toyota and buy a Nissan!!!
Best ute ever, really is a tough unit
Had to write this review as our old ute just keeps on going. I am number one at breaking things but this car is still going. Issue with seat belts when it was new but replaced under warranty and no problems since. Looking at a new model but hesitant to part with this mud crusted monster.
I bought my Hilux SR from government auction back in 2011 and have had it for over five years. I have to say it's a very reliable and tough UTE. It's a D4D so quite save on fuel. And also we have been to many 4WD places like Zigzag, blacksmith.etc. So far no problem, just change of filters. Overall, excellent workhorse.
I think the Toyota Hilux is a wonderful Jeep I have the canopy on the back so all my dogs can travel safely in the back. I can also carry sheep feed in it its just a pity that the tail board does not lock, the four wheel drive system is very good.
Love this ute
Great ute, we love toyato's.They drive well, hold the road well, great to drive on dirt holds the road well. Dual cab gives you the room to put fridge and luggage so it can be locked and kept out of weather. Tray is large enough for big tool boxes and dogs. There is plenty of leg room.
After owning an 80 series for 7 years and fixing basically EVERYTHING on it myself (yes, pretty well everything broke) I'm now quite mechanically savvy. I bought the late 2011 TD in January with 100k on the clock, it now has 110k and has been great, no worries at all. I've given it a service myself and it's easy to perform so no worries there. Just slide on under, no Jack necessary. I know the new Hilux and Amarok/Rangers tow 3.5t while the old go to 2.5. Mine's an automatic and gearbox seems tough because I tow a trailer 99% of the time (it's...a work ute) I love it. Nice n simple I do not like the 4wd though because it can only be engaged on dirt roads because it's not a LSD. . Which is stupid if you ask me. But I do like the option (80 series was a full time 4wd fuel guzzler but constant 4wd was safe though)
Cant fault the car, seriously reliable but not idiot proof...
Got my 3.0l diesel sr5 in Dec 2010 as a lease car, 13kms on the clock, now have 175,000.
Took it to Toyota for the first (free) service. Bits of trim inside and out were misaligned, guy rolled his eyes at me when I said 1 vent on the dash wouldn't close properly and i wanted it fixed or replaced. He complained that it would take a couple of hours to rectify, i pointed out how much was paid for the car... They fixed it. I then went with independent guys for all other logbook servicing til i bought it off the lease company when i did my own. I'v...
Bought my 4x2 Hilux dual cab new back in 2010. I have just clocked 95 000 ks and apart from regular service ihave replaced straps on torneau cover. That's it , nothing else! Original tyres, battery. This car is so dependable. It has not even made a murmur let alone miss a beat. Also I enjoy driving it, handles tight has enough power for my needs as a painting contractor.
Can't fault her
The best decision I ever made!
Ridiculously reliable, running costs are much lower than expected given she's a V6. Handles as smooth as silk.
Legroom at the back is always going to be a bit limiting in these work utes but it's no issue.
Hasn't lost her value in the 3 years I've owned her (mind you I got her for a steal).
Never had any issues.
I'm using 98 octane Petrol for mine and fill her up once a month; depending on fuel price this normally sets me back around $80.
Interior is very comfortable and driving experience is exceptional...
Toyota Hilux SR5 shaking all over
We purchased a used MY10 Toyota Hilux SR5 from Downtown Toyota used cars on 2 March 2016 for $24000. The following events have occurred since.
1. Vehicle vibrated through the steering wheel and vibrated badly through the seats at 90kph upwards on the way home.
2. Next day had wheels balanced and rotated at an RACQ repairer problem still the same. Appears tyres are to blame.
3. Took vehicle to pedders suspension they advise vehicle sagged and all shocks need replacing.
4. While attempting to fit rear seat cover noticed jack and tools missing...
Had problems with clutch at 10000 km ,replaced, then 40000km replaced then 60000 replaced
Every service complained about clutch was told at duddo Toyota it was my mats which were Toyota mats .fogged off with all kinds of story's . Then went to singleton Toyota with 104000km needed a new clutch .this time had to pay $1700 for the repair , so I asked ok it out of warranty what the problem with this hilux was told in a very aggressive manner that it's all my fault and I had to put the hilux I low range to take off and if I had brought this...
Initial disaster, but then years of reliability, stayed away from Toyota "service"
Dual fuel 2009 V6 Auto SR tray. Intially had valve seat/guide problems (5k on petrol, then gas, screwed in 10k) Toyota bailed naturally, recieved great support from the gas workshop (AG Autogas, Lilydale). Heads redone and have been running for 400,000kms. After some early run ins with Toyota dealer service (they really do treat their customers like idiots, and they are for staying I guess) I used independent shops and started doing basics myself, with good results.
The truck itself has been very strong (regularly taking 900kg + lo...ads) with no issues. The auto has been strong and reliable but has also been serviced regularly. AC is quite strong and is comfortable even on a 40C day. Driving experience is more car like than the Triton or Navara. Only major negative is heavy consumption on petrol. You would think that with modern FI and modern auto they would have got more out of it. Unloaded mileage at 13klm/100klm is really sub standard. Found the bluetooth on the standard radio to be functionally useless (connected fine but quality so low it wasnt usable). Ended up using the bluetooth on the GPS instead.
Yes Paul I'm not wrapped with the icon Hulux aswell. 15years ago I owed a old hulux and could not break it, So after this good experience I thought I'd buy a new 2010 rig to follow suit, well after multiple trips back to its original dealer at Surf Toyota listening to lies and putting up with poor service regarding its hands free sounding like it's in a toilet and getting told 'you only have bought a SR' I said 'no I've paid 50k for this car!!'
So a few years passed while being very disappointed with other dodgy items like bending step treads,...
I am a landscaper & in 2008 after having several Ford Couriers with no problems I decided to go for what I thought would be the best vehicle on the market at the time being a top of the range Hilux SR5 4x4. I purchased the vehicle new & have never had any issues up until about 12 months ago when the engine rattle on startup became excessively loud. I took the car to the local Toyota dealer in Wyong who told me there was a computer upgrade to significantly reduce this rattle. I had this done at my expense, at the time the car had 160,000kms. The...upgrade did very little to reduce this rattle. About a week ago I had just left my property enroute to a funeral when the car started to blow excessive smoke and run very rough. I immediately stopped the vehicle & had it towed to the local Toyota dealer in Wyong. At the time the car had 210,00kms has been regularly serviced as per the service book. After several days & a cost of $506- they told me the no 1 cylinder piston was cracked & the engine needed to be replaced. The upshot was $13,500- for a whole brand new engine or $12,600- for a short engine. I could not believe it. There are multiple complaints/concerns re the D4D engines not just in the hilux but also the Prado. I know of at least 2 other people in the area that have had costly injector repairs on their D4D engines. The dealer told me fuel quality is the problem. If that is the case why then do we not see Holdens, Nissans, Mitsubishis, etc with the same issues. Clearly Toyota does not wish to address this problem for whatever reason. I would have expected more than 210,000kms from a Toyota dieseI, obviously Toyota quality in this area has declined. I have owned & driven Toyotas all my life because of their quality & reliability. Sadly I will NEVER buy or recommend another hilux or prado diesel because of this issue. D4D engine/injector issues
2010 4ltr Petrol SR5 Dual cab 4x4
A great truck. Goes like the clappers. Don't listen to the diesel guys claims of poor economy, it's all rubbish. Mine gets better fuel economy than the work hilux which is a 2013 auto diesel. Don't even consider an auto if planning to go off road. Not as capable off road as my old GQ Patrol but way more refined. Cheaper to service and repair than Diesel engines. Don't get attached to the side steps or rear mud flaps if you're planning to take it off road. Why can't manufactures build a true 4wd? Needs thousands of dollars of after market air lo...ckers to make it a true 4wd and keep you out of trouble. I'd recommend buying one & one that's been accessorized would be even better. Saving you thousands. Enjoy. Great looking truck with heaps of power. Great economy from petrol engine. As good as the 3ltr diesel. Envious mates. SR5 options are nice. Heaps of aftermarket accessories available. Great headlights standard. Nice interior. Poor rear end traction on wet roads even with weight in the tray. Clutch seems to smell at a moments work when towing. Standard Tyres are woeful off road. The rear step is flimsy cheap rubbish which provides next to no protection. A height adjustable drivers seat would be nice given its' expensive price tag. Drum brake rear end in 2010 .... Come on Toyota! Screams for a rear camera as with a canopy you can't see squat out of the rear, never mind kids or trailer couplings. The standard little jack is hardly any use off road (beware). People assume you're loaded if you can afford one of these. Needs air lockers front and rear. Makes an annoying buffeting sound at greater than 90kms with the windows down.
Questions & Answers
Will a 2011 hylux canopy fit a 2009 model hylux
Hi, my Hilux workmate 2011 ute was losing power driving on the hwy today - also seem to have a miss in it ( spluttering and jerking ). Really struggled to get it home - just had a 66,000 Service done a week ago was running fine before the service. Orange engine light came on aswell. Feeling very upset as I only purchased it a few months ago and took me so long to save the money for it. Anyone have any suggestions on the problem?? Thanks from a very worried cleaner lady.
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