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Am i a nutter? - Toyota Hi-lux 4x4

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Malt_Vinegar, 4 Mar 2006.

  1. Malt_Vinegar


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,477

    Location: In a house

    Having recently been thinking about vehicle reliability, and how TG tried very hard to kill one of these and it kept going. Would i be a total nutter wanting one as my only form of transport whilst selling my BMW and saving for a new vehicle?

    Just how reliable are they, looking around everyone is very happy with them, and claims they are totally dependable even with astronomical miles.

    I do need a car, but not really as much as i used to. I now live right next to the station, and commute to work that way. I probably only "need" a vehicle 1-2 times a week now.

    Are there any other cars that are totally reliable and under 1k :p I dont want to spend any more, as i want to save up moolah. This is all very hypothetical at the moment, as i really dont want to sell the BMW, but im starting to think more and more about it.
  2. Rednut05


    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

    Posts: 909

    Toyotas on a whole are seen to well built.
  3. PardonTheWait


    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 24,078

    My best mate had a Hi-lux surf as his only transport for a few months, that thing was great!

    Capable off road, surprisingly, loads of room inside for all of us, and it was fantastic for towing. It had plenty of power, his was auto and it never lacked because they engine had plenty of grunt to power through the autobox. It wasn't very expensive and it was a great vehicle for off-road fannying about, carting lots of people in comfort, and towing. Great car.
  4. Adz


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,274

    Location: Berkshire

    The problem (and sometimes the blessing) with sub £1000 cars is that anything serious that goes wrong could be terminal. Bear that in mind and you can't go far wrong really. In a similar vein, I fancy an old V8 Range Rover :D.
  5. Zuban

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Jun 2003

    Posts: 1,173

    Location: Inverness

    Check out the toyota owners club for info, but generally speaking, people seem very happy with there hi-lux's, check out the surf's for imports. only complaint i have seen is warped heads on the 2.5 td's, worth bearing in mind on high milers.
  6. Zip


    Joined: 26 Jun 2005

    Posts: 20,224

    Location: Australia

    Ive heard the new ones are good:)
    What BMW do you have? If its only a 318i or 316i then the hilux should be more fun
  7. andi


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,712

    Location: Manchester

    Seems a bit of an extreme measure just for reliability. Unless you want to go off road, I'm sure you'd be able to find a better barge thats as reliable...
  8. v0n


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,089

    Location: The Great Lines Of Defence

    2.4's, not 2.5's. There were thousands of 2nd generation Hilux Surfs with faulty heads and there is absolutely no way of telling if it will go or not until it's actually gone. I had 92 J plate 2.4 Surf for a year, head was gone right after it was shipped to UK, importer replaced it, I did 22,000 of very happy miles in it and it was absolutely fine. If it wasn't for fuel prices and me doing high mileages I would never ever get rid of it. Unfortunately there is no such thing as economical japanese import car.
    General consensus with Surfs is to always go for 3.0 litre as they are better, stronger and mpg is almost the same. But you won't find one anywhere around £1k mark.
  9. Zuban

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Jun 2003

    Posts: 1,173

    Location: Inverness

    What he says :p
  10. commited


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,371

    Location: Dublin, Ireland

    Wont be anywhere near as comfy as your Beemer and will drink fuel. Seems a bit silly to me!
  11. vanpeebles


    Joined: 22 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,603

    if u want ultra cheap and no frills but with mega reliability, get a perodua, or a daihatsu move