Gipsy wrote:Welcome jinky, what model are you looking at? There are some things to beware depending on kilometres and engine type but Toyota didn't get the top sales for nothing, they're generally unbreakable
hiluxxury wrote:G'day Jinky...this is the standard cut-and-paste intro that we give everyone, but that said... welcome to the forum
I will have mine up for sale soon
In the meantime, you'll find plenty of info on this forum. They are great vehicles - there is plenty of aftermarket support and parts are accessible and cheap.
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Gipsy wrote:Jinky, diesels with those kilometres can present some issues but if they've been well-maintained they are ok. Some here argue that the petrol v6 is better for those models and I would agree, don't overlook the automatic gearbox especially the v6, because the later ones had the good 5 speed gearbox and current trends are that auto gearboxes are the better bet for off-road. I would recommend getting both a later model and low kilometres and be prepared to spend more than your budget because you definately get what you pay for. You won't regret the extra investment as it will be a better long-term vehicle, even if it breaks the piggy-bank. Good luck in the hunt and hiluxxury would be a good place to start since his may be coming up for sale hiluxxury, just make the check out for cash!
Gipsy wrote:The fuel issue can be managed by fitting a long-range fuel tank the petrol is more than 'worth a look', they have distinct advantages over diesel and the 4.0litre v6 is a bullet-proof mill. Also compared to the diesel there is more likelihood that a v6 hasn't been off-road much if ever. Compare the prices for a given vehicle, diesel and petrol, you'll be surprised and for maintenance cost it's line-ball. Don't be sold on the perception of diesel economy, the maintenance cost makes up for the difference.
Edit: I know I have a diesel but I don't go off-road, I do my own maintenance and I bought specifically for towing! If I'd have my 'ruthers I would opt for the v6 Auto even though I'm happy with the diesel.
hiluxxury wrote:Pros and cons of each engine - both are very good when maintained.
Have a look at the Fourby4Diesel youtube channel. He mainly focuses on prados but much is applicable to the hilux. He has a lot of content and sometimes the titles are misleading but i remember he did some videos recently on what to look out for when buying a 2nd hand prado(hilux) - mainly suspension bushes, oil leaks, dodgy service history.
The V6 may have oil leaks if the oil changes havent been kept up. The main thing to look at for the diesel is the oil pickup - its a tricky thing to check when you are buying one (you need to drop the oil) but a vehicle with a clogged or semi-clogged pickup is a vehicle to avoid. The 1kd is otherwise a fantastic engine... both engines are.
The rest is wear and tear which is up to you as to how much you can tolerate.
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