1978 Toyota Hi-lux Review

1978 Toyota Hi-lux Longbed 2.0 litre gas from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1978
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre gas Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle


Wish I could buy one just like it new


I put synthetic oil in it, and it all leaked out at about 15,000 miles. That burnt up the rocker arm. The dealer replaced it with no question.

Needed new clutch and head rebuild at 100,000 miles. Put a timing chain on it even though it did not need it.

Sold it at 170,000 miles, because the window regulators and the AC blower were giving problems. Motor and trans were still strong.

General Comments:

Best money I ever spent on a car.

I pulled a 16 foot inboard outboard boat the whole time I had it.

It had a rough ride until I swapped the bias plys for radials. Put KYB Gas adjust shocks on it, and really improved the ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2010

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review