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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 then… Read Full Review
Written on: 18/03/2012 by FozzyBear212 (1 review written)
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 truck… Read Full Review
Written on: 08/03/2012 by fishnwork (1 review written)
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 Full Review
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) on… Read Full Review
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 Full Review
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 advice… Read Full Review
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 country… Read Full Review
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
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 when… Read Full Review
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
Written on: 29/06/2009 by Gaz el nino (1 review written)
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 seat… Read Full Review
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 Full Review
Written on: 19/02/2009 by marcus wallen (1 review written)
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 you… Read Full Review
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 Full Review
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