Toyota Hi-lux Review from Greece

1992 Toyota Hi-lux 2.5 turbo diesel

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance690000 kilometres




Reliability is legendary.

Seats have worn off, bumpers rusty and bumped, insulation worn off, close ratio gearbox a bit hard to engage, transmission grinding sounds, but it's 690000+ kilometres.

General Comments:

Quality unmatched by anything I have seen up to today.

I have had no engine or gearbox failures since I bought it, 18 years ago and 690000+ km after, done mostly in fields.

Engine torquey, but no power.

Gearbox works fine, close ratio gearbox hard to engage nowadays.

I have the Club Cab version, so it's not so roomy in the back.

Stereo, electronics, dash, lights; all work fine.

I changed the engine and it's been 2300 km since then. Changed it not because of damage or failure, but after so many km done, it had lost over 40% of its power and the car struggled to move when loaded. Changed it with a used one with 100000km, it was a bargain and the car is now restored in terms of performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2010

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review