1997 Toyota Hi-lux Reviews

1997 Toyota Hi-lux 2.4 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

A proper truck!!

Faults:

Batteries died at 70,000 miles (£90 the pair)

Propshaft UJ at 100,000 miles (£60 re-furb)

Brake discs at 110,000 miles (£60 the pair, fitted myself with new pads)

Drivers seat split on lower side from climbing in and out at 115,000 miles (due to me being a short ass!)

Rear back-box holed at 130,000 miles (£250)

I've wrecked two sets of rear-leaf springs from over-loading with tonne bags of building sand/ballast. (£200 each time fitted myself)

That is absolutely everything I've done to it apart from cam belt changes at 60k intervals (90k I'm nervous with for the sake of £150 fitted)

General Comments:

Bullet-proof.

The only car I've ever owned that I don't want to get rid of after 12 months because I'm bored of it.

Paid for itself a million times over, cost me next to nothing to run, even though I haven't really serviced it as often as I should. OK its never been serviced by a dealer. I've changed filters a few times myself.

A true work-horse.

I'd like to see an L200/Navara/Ranger survive with me as long as this one, and mine is still going!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2007

1997 Toyota Hi-lux 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Hilux

Summary:

The best 4x4 anyone could ever own. Tough as nails. Not kidding you

Faults:

The fuel pump needed replacing. That's all.

General Comments:

These vehicles are by far the best 4X4 I have ever driven. I am a keen 4X4ER and have taken out plenty of 4x4s ranging from Nissan Patrol, Holden Rodeo, Land Rover, Land Cruiser, a Mitsubishi, and a suzuki.

Of all the vehicles, my Hi-lux has never failed on a uphill track. The rest have and I rolled the Suzuki. The Hi-lux just pulls and has excellent clearance for this one particular track I know. It has deep ruts.

Don't GO PAST A TOYOTA HILUX.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2004

1997 Toyota Hi-lux LN106R 4WD diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Vitara

Summary:

Great car, shame about Toyota's warranty and backup service

Faults:

No oil pressure on startup for up to 8 seconds.

General Comments:

Have taken the car to the dealer 6 times and have lodged two complaints with Toyota Australia and Consumer Affairs.

The problem still persists.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st August, 2000

27th Jul 2010, 05:22

For low oil pressure change the filter as somewhere the oil passage is blocked or almost blocked. Make the oil thinner, run the car motor for 10 minutes, change the oil (with new good engine oil) and the oil filter.

There is no way the Hi-lux would have that trouble without something being done wrong.

I have a SR5 1998, 3 litre using diesel and Hydrogen and I am getting over 800 km a tank and I am happy.

I change the oil every 5000 km, maybe you might need to do the same in the oil changing.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews