1994 Toyota Hi-lux Surf SSRG 3.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Perfect combination of toughness and comfort


Exhaust heat shield came loose after some off-road work - nothing serious, just made a rattle until I found it.

One of the dual batteries went flat and sapped the other one.

General Comments:

This is a tough off-roader, built to last.

The Recaro interior provides more comfort than most luxury cars, and you only find this out when you drive over 1000kms without any back soreness.

These babies also have shift on the fly - auto locking hubs - so that when you go from sealed to unsealed roads, you can switch from 2x4 to 4x4 without getting out and messing around in the sand or mud.

Towing is a breeze, you can even forget that you have a trailer on the back because it makes so little difference to the torquey 3lt turbo diesel.

These SSRG Surfs are fully optioned, and provide the utmost in comfort. While they are no performance vehicle, for a diesel 4x4 they handle extremely well on road.

I have seen brand new shiny black V8 Jeep Cherokees bog themselves in sand that the Surf just chews up!

Brilliant motoring and largely responsible for the huge crackdown on grey imports in Australia - essentially because these cars were hurting domestic 4x4 sales.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2006

1994 Toyota Hi-lux 2.4L diesel from Philippines


High revolutions


The piston rings got busted. I had them replaced.

Before I really rolled the road, I replaced all the engine belts and tension bearings. I also replaced the water pump because it leaked.

General Comments:

Well, my hilux is really tough. My friends and I usually go out of town. We are here in the Philippines, so not all the roads are paved. We went to Sagada, Baguio, Banaue, La Union, Vigan, Subic, Hundred Islands, Batangas, Camarines Norte and Sur.

We usually go night outs in the Manila and Makati cities. We go where we want to go even if the roads are flooded.

I usually go to sustained high RPM's like 3500 to 4000 at high speeds, even to unpaved roads. That's how I drive, I can destroy something that's not tough. My hilux is tough.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2004

1994 Toyota Hi-lux 2.4 diesel from Philippines


It is a tough vehicle.


The engine was overhauled after 2 years of use. The pistons, piston rings, oil seals and valves were worn out.

General Comments:

The suspension is really tough on road and off road.

It runs on high speeds like 140 km/hour at high revolutions of 4000 rounds per minute.

I use 215 60 R16 tires for better handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2004

17th Feb 2005, 20:59

Just want to ask if someone could help me with my 1992 SURF with 2.4L engine, auto trans. My trans shifting is delay and won't shift automatically especially when I am over taking... thank you in advance...june.

10th Jun 2010, 10:12

I own a Surf SSR-X '92 auto trans model. The only problem is over heating whenever I hit steep roads. What causes this problem? Thanks.

4th Oct 2014, 08:39

The cooling system most likely. Maybe a thermostat or a blocked radiator.