1998 Toyota Hi-lux Reviews

1998 Toyota Hi-lux SR5 3.0 litre, no turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre, no turbo Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired119200 kilometres
Most recent distance265400 kilometres
Previous carHonda HR-V

Faults:

Nothing.

When I got it at 119000 km, for a while I was using it, and it was using 18 Km per 100 km, and was costing me up to $160 a week in diesel.

I fitted the car with hydrogen injection from Hawesbury hydrogen in Sydney Australia, and now its 8.5 to 10 km per 100 Km, or up to 900 km per tank of diesel.

This small truck stands up to everything you give it. By the way, I have had the HHO kit in for 3 years and no trouble at all. Towing a car on a trailer from Windsor to Narabri near the QLD border, and that's near 2200 km on 130 litres.

The Hilux needs 2x 12 volt batteries, to enable it to start no matter what, but that could be due to the 8 x 2 way radios I have in it and the HHO kit fitted.

It's a great truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2010

1998 Toyota Hi-lux Surf 2.4 turbo diesel from Botswana

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance251000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Odyssey

Summary:

I like the physique of the car, but not the regular engine failures

Faults:

After every 5500 km, the head gasket would blow up.

Cylinder head cracks up, skim it or order a new one.

Re-bow the block or re-sleeve it.

Turbo ceases to function prematurely.

General Comments:

Very nice and comfortable interior.

Can be used for family or safari/fishing, reliable off road.

Wide open sun roof.

Convenient rear glass door opening for loading.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th April, 2009

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews