Written on: 04/12/2013
What can I say, I am on my third hilux surf, the 1st one I had for 3 years which was the 2.4 diesel, the 2nd one I had was newer at a good price so I upgraded from the 2.4. To be honest if it wasn't for the 2nd surf myself and family would not be alive today, myself, my wife and 2 young children got side swiped by a Spanish articulated lorry on a roundabout, the surf rolled over 3 times smashing every window and crippling the car totally, especially as after we finished rolling the lorry... (read more)
Written on: 18/03/2012 by FozzyBear212
I've all ways wanted a Hilux surf since seeing a generation 1 as a child, i had been looking for a low mileage one for a couple of years and managed to find one with less than 40k miles on the clock. It's a 3.0 litre 1993 auto model, it's immaculate the only signs of rust are on the chrome bumpers. Everything still works on it and is suprisingly economic to run. I've been offroading in it and often find myself passing many new 4x4's that have become stuck and this is with an unmodified... (read more)
Written on: 08/03/2012 by fishnwork
Great driving 4wd with lots of room,plenty of power, good paint. Cylinder head is poorly designed and will give expensive problems even when not used for towing or off road. Beware the $3000 repair bills, otherwise ok. (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2012 by SupremeConstructor (2 reviews written)
I have owned 4 hilux surfs, A 2.4 EFI, and three with the 1KZ-te motor. The motor could have been the diesel to end all diesels of the era, but built in faults to the head and cooling/capacity have turned a well engineered piece into a nightmare. Treat with the utmost care (servicing) and add an aftermarket AUDIBLE "smart" engine block temp. device or exhaust gas temp device and you will detect this problem before it cracks the head. You can't even leave the radiator cap off (inadvertently)... (read more)
Written on: 10/08/2011
I love my 3L auto SSR-G Surf. I only wish the towing capacity was higher than, I think, 2200kg, Discoveries and Fourtraks can tow 3500kg and Shogun's, Pajero's 3300kg and Terrano's 2800kg. Its the only thing that lets the super Surf down when you want to tow a horse trailer and unfortunately the only reason I am thinking of changing it for a Fourtrak. (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2010 by johnmcintosh (1 review written)
The 3.0 turbo diesel is BY FAR the best 4x4 money can buy! VERY capable off the road, more powerful and economical than any other 4x4 I'm aware of on the road, being Japanese they come with a great spec as standard, very comfortable, at 16 years old everything works, shows no signs of wear or rust underneath at all and flies through every MOT. Nothing short of amazing! Don't even think about buying a Discovery instead, you will definitely regret it come MOT time - If not before! My only... (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2010
Have owned a 1996 Toyota Surf SSR-G 3ltr for 12yrs and covered 150k rapid miles. Apart from the usual servicing parts and three sets of tyres, the only thing that went wrong was the cylinder head, they don't like starting hard in frosty weather. The interior is still like new, even the floor mats are original and everything works including the aircon, only been recharged once. Drove it to Cyprus and left it there last year, took five days and never missed a beat. I have an X5 in this... (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2010
Fantastic all round vehicle, have had the usual problems expected with imported surfs (suspension, a/c ceased, interior electrics not all working) but what else can you expect from vehicles of this age that don't get the attention they need in Japan before we import them. This is my 2nd Surf and as it is the 3lt I'm not expecting the cylinder head problems associated with the 2.4. Surfs cope well with pretty much anything provided you have the right tyres and suspension. after much trial and... (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2010
Having had various cars, vans etc. Found the 3.0 surf when fed up with my 850 T5, Was not sure if it would suit my needs from family and work. Since then it has proved it's worth, I have all my tools for work in the back and still plenty of room for the family. Has never let me down and can beat most things away from the lights. (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2010 by ukwrecker (1 review written)
Could not fault the vehicle in any way or form, during the bad weather that we have had, it has performed flawlessly, heater in the interior keeps you snug and warm even when it' minus 7 outside, as for coping with mud handled well and as for driving in the snow could not fault in any way what so ever, I was getting through the snow where I passed a Land Rover Discovery of which I was considering buying before I saw this advertised for sale, and I was sure glad I made the decision I did if... (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2010
i have owned my 95' hilux surf ssr-g 3.0t diesel for 6 months now and it has been a great 4wd, if you change the oil and filter every 5,000km always check your oil never run it low this will cause engine damage, diesel filter and air filter between 7,000-10,000km you shouldn't have a problem with it also depending on how often you drive on dirt roads if you do it will pay to either use a air hose to blow out the dust from the air filter or just simply buy a new one this will keep your engine... (read more)
Written on: 20/12/2009 by hansett (1 review written)
I have bought a Toyota Hilux 4X4 two months ago and I have been having problems since. First the steering wheel contorls broke done and now the brake system has gone wrong. The Toyota main dealer in Purley Way Croydon which is owned by Gemca Edgware Road don't care to put it right.Avoid buying Toyota Hilux. (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2009
i bought my 3.0l ssrx td ltd 5 years ago i have only had to put on tyres,(general grabbers), change exhaust, rear shocks, brake pads,timing belt and new batteries along with the normal oil,fuel and air filters every 6000 miles. it had 55000 miles when i bought it and now sits on 110000. it also runs on 50% veg oil straight out of tesco all year never lets me down 30lts of diesel topped up with cooking oil goes great quieter, and smells lovely!. i would only swap it for an ssrg 3.0ltr auto... (read more)
Written on: 29/09/2009 by AfricaCalling (3 reviews written)
YOU LOOKING FOR A GREAT 4X4, then, look no further, you have found it!
As they say 'Toyota.....King Of All Roads!'
I have a Toyota Surf SSR-X, have owned this vehicle for over 6 years and only had to change the tyres and put a new battery as the original ones had started to slow start!
They are very reliable on the road and great for towing, with little effort and good power for when needed. Good fuel economy as long as you don't keep 'red lining' it!? With my 96 ltr tank, I easily get over... (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2009
I bought a toyota hilux surf about 1 year ago and have been having problems ever since. first it was breaks and then the engine started to over heat and suspension problems and now since of last week again i am having break problems and a noise in the front suspension. The best is i haven't even taken it offroading.
What seems to be the problem with this. I like this vehicle but can some one please tell me if they've had this kind of problems (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2009 by Gaz el nino
I have had a number off 4x4's. its took alot of time/ money and man hours to find the right one for me. From range rover vogues to ford explorers. I have now had two Toyota Hilux Surf the 2.5 and my current one 3.0td SSRG, the best off roader i have seen, the most reliable i have seen and the best value for money.
going to work every morning not have to worry if it will start,
driving around shopping with my wife and 3 kids lots of room,
travelling abroad with cruise control and a good... (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2009
I have owned this Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-G 3.0TD( car for almost 7 years and in that time the only things I have done to it are, 1 new exhaust box and tail pipe, I had to replace the starter motor seloniod contacts last week, and I change the engine oil and filter anually. Quiet, Comfortable, Reliable (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2009 by marcus wallen
Toyota Hilux Surf is a fantastic machine and recommend you look for a good clean example the earlier models 2.4td get abused by people who just treat them like dumper trucks due to their age. This is my second hilux and bought the turbo intercooler. Great on motorways, off road and with recent snow watched range rovers and little discoveries getting stcuk whilst I sailed past them. Best 4x4 you can buy for your buck in my opinion and never ever fails to start- first time all of the time If... (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2008 by krazyjey (1 review written)
Amazing and safe, forget all the saloon, sports car, speed camera, speed bumps, welcome to the roads, the travel, go there and back...with a tonne on the back or not. i found my car and a real one, my wife just love to drive it...for many miles (read more)
Written on: 04/10/2008
These are by far the best value 4x4 on the market, the 3 litre is the Daddy of the range and in my opinion nothing else comes close. (read more)
Written on: 27/09/2008
3.0 turbodiesel SSRX, 1993
Bought last December with 100k on the clock, now has 110,000.(miles)
Towed a caravan to Gibraltar, drove round Southern Morocco for a month, came back to UK.
Brilliant on road, brilliant on mud, very steep slopes, dunes, rock piste, river crossings to 40cm deep, inadvertent airbornes(!).
Seems happy on 90% biodiesel but smells like a burger van.
I'll only sell it to buy a newer one! (read more)
Written on: 16/09/2008
Excellent starter. The engine always caught first time and if pulled really well. They should be bullet proof and especially good for off-roading. I loved the car - for the 20 hours I got to drive it... (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2008 by Lotusseven7
Have been messing about and building cars since I was 14, a long long time ago and this is the best motor I have ever had.
Always wanted a good 4x4 but could never afford one until this one came along from after a six month wait in Japan. That was four years ago. Thank goodness I didnt buy a Discovery of the same age.
It always wants to please and have only had to replace the exhaust, CV boots, and the bits above in five years. Its let me down once when the off side battery died and wouldnt... (read more)
Written on: 27/08/2008
I bought my 95 Toyota Hilux ssr-x Ltd 3.0ltr hilux surf in march, 2008, and it has been a great car already and I've hardly driven it! It is very comfortable and looks great, it has a garret turbo fitted instead of the original turbo, a water a intercooler, and power chip, these give it so much more power that it has the same pickup and power as the new hilux 3.0 TD. It is not bad on fuel, 400-500 kms a tank, and 350-450 kms when power chip is turned on. The power chip is hardly used as it... (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2008 by Watkinsp (1 review written)
The Toyota Hilux Surf is comfortable spacious reasonably economical and very very stylish. had mine for nearly a year now, and havent looked back, lent mine to a friend for a couple of hours, and guess what ....now he has bought one. Speaks for itself dont you think? What you waiting for go and buy one NOW! (read more)
Written on: 11/04/2008
Toyota should build their new Surfs with 4.0L 4 cylinder diesel engines plus with better colour schemes and better interior materials. (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2008
Don't buy one - they are all mine! Value for money. Generally easy to fix with cheap parts. Reliable and solid. 20 year old design still competes with £30K prestige modern copies. (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2008
I have never had a bad Toyota, the last one a Landcruiser I had for 17 years and wanted a change but not of make only style. The Hilux Surf is a little smaller, slightly better in the fuel department, more than enough room for a family of 5 and two dogs if required, is automatic with climate control and all the usual must have gizmos. I love it to bits. (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2008 by ken h
Great practical motor,loads of space in the front and back.comfortable seating for long journeys, joy to drive and looks fantastic. Owned the car for 4 years,keep saying I'm gonna sell it because fuel consumption but haven't yet. (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2008
Great truck will be buying a mark 3 and then a mark 4 and then a 5. Expensive parts lack of parts rear door window has to open before you can open back door. (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2007 by jeffconway
I bought a Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-G 3.0TD in Australia having moved from Scotland .It was bought as a stop-gap between cars until we settled in and I have had it for two years and am still not looking to replace it!
I have kicked its teeth in since I got it I have bogged it in sand carried camping gear and canoes towed trailers with cars on the back. I've overheated it and generally ignored it and how did it pay me back? By keeping on going.
I am not a fan but if I'm honest, its been the most...(read more)
Written on: 05/11/2007 by woody01 (1 review written)
Get one, it will chill you out on the road, say good bye to road rage and just chill, you will get there easily and totaly relaxed in one of these. I have a UK version with great strong manual gearbox, pulls really well even loaded to the roof with camping kit and mountain bikes. Had mine now for 6 years and nothing has gone wrong, its still on the original exhaust. Twin batteries are great for powering all the goodies, big amps, xbox, DVD screens etc. 30 mpg even fully packed with kit. (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2007 by mond
If you cut me my blood would spell the word "Landrover" as I am a total fanatic about everything Landrover. I build and restore them, drive off road, even competition in them and the majority of my clothes are made by Landrover but I drive a Toyota Hilux surf! Why? Because my Toyota gets me to work, on time and not covered in grease and oil. I arrive cool from the air conditioning (that works) my arms and legs don't ache and I am not left rigid from the white knuckle ride that is Landrover.... (read more)
Written on: 05/07/2007 by old git
Agree with all that is written about the Toyota Hilux, can't find nothing to moan about.For a 3.0 litre diesel.
Performance is excellent and with ace mpg, on long runs maybe 33 plus to the gallon at 80 mph.
The ride is also great, along with visibility, just had to replace starter motor on mine and everything fits like a glove and all over engineered for reliability etc. Even the paintwork is tough. Would recommend the Toyota Hilux Surf to anyone for value reliability etc. Try to get one... (read more)
Written on: 20/11/2006 by C4SRF (1 review written)
Having owned a Land Rover Discovery for several years, it is natural to compare the various attributes of the two vehicles, and to be honest there is just no comparison. The Toyota Hilux Surf is in a different league in every department.
Living in the Black Mountains National Park I experience different road conditions, both on and off-road, with quite dramatic weather conditions adding to the challenge. The Hilux gives you a greater confidence as you drive, and you are left with a feeling... (read more)
Written on: 14/10/2006 by kbokhari79
This car is well worth owning. It's great to drive, and it is fantastic for a family, or those who want solid off road requirements from a car. On a full tank I can get between 350 and 400 highway miles with the Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-G 3.0TD 4x4. That's pretty economical if you do all the calculations from a 3.0 TD. (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2004 by Morr (3 reviews written)
This is my second time owning a Surf, having had a '93 model before
This is a seriously comfortable vehicle. Plenty of leg-room and generally quite spacious both front and rear. The boot-space is terrific too.
This is the top spec (in theory) SSR-G model which includes a number of extras, including a rear mounted spare wheel with electric drop down mirror in the rear spoiler for parking etc. This is however one area of poor design as the wheel badly obscures the view afforded by the... (read more)
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