1992 Toyota Hi-lux 2.5 turbo diesel
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.
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