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Old 10 Mar 2008
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Toyota Hilux

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I am looking for a car which i can use in daily bases + overland trips. I read from many places that this car (toyota hilux) is very reliable and tough.

Like i said, my intention is to use it for daily bases (in city, between cities) and between countries. Of course in europe or domestic national roads any car would do, but i want a car which can ride in all types of roads and even when there is no road.

So... what are the pros and cons of this car? ...

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Pros: it's a Hilux
Cons: it's not a Landcruiser

That's all I can think of...
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Might be an idea to elaborate a bit more on which model/year etc...
For example I have had two leaf-sprung circa 1996 2.8 double cabs as company vehicles. While very durable, tough and good off road they could NEVER be described as comfortable - in fact if not belted in it was quite normal to hit my head off the roof on decent sized potholes. I hate to say it, but when the last one was badly rolled (not by me) I was quite happy
With a front bench seat they were bloody awful things and I would not recommend or consider for city use or between cities!!!

I haven't driven one yet but I imagine the new D4D "Vigo" 3.0L Hilux would be very, very different and probably be a delight for what you describe,

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I've been overlanding in my 1993 single cab 2.4D 4x4. 70,000km with very few problems, nothing major). It's a great car, very tough. The best thing is that parts and expertise on repairing this model are cheap and widespread in most countries. Spares are often much cheaper than for the cruiser. Aside from very deep sand and deep mud, I don't think it's far behind a landcrusier in off-road performance, and sometimes better as it's much lighter. It's also not seen as being too ostentatious, which helps in many situations. It blends in.

The drawbacks are that it's not so comfortable (but not too bad - usl - have you ever been in a Russian UAZ? or a Suzuki 413? - makes the Hilux feel like a limo!!), plus there's limited space.

Unless I had a LOT of money, I wouldn't overland in anything else, solely because of the low maintenance costs, which you'll always incur on a long trip.
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I drove a crew-cab one for a while in the UK when I had a milk delivery round, it was pretty indestructable, but I can't say it was that comfortable. Better when the truckbed was fully loaded with milk though. Also there wasn't a lot of room in the back cab. Mind you this was 12 years or so ago, I tried one of the new ones the other week and it was totally different, far more comfortable to drive. Only thing I could see that of course as it's become more advanced it's become more complicated and so perhaps less easy for bush-mechanics.


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