Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Toyota Hilux pick-up?
A plastic or spray-on bed liner isn’t standard fit on most pick-up trucks, but it is a very useful thing to have, otherwise you’ll scratch up the paint in the often-exposed bed of the truck. This will then corrode over time, leading to future rust holes.
Despite some impressive approach, break over and departure angles (31deg, 23deg and 26deg, respectively) you should still check underneath for signs of off road damage. Also, make sure any thick mud has been washed off the chassis; otherwise it’ll trap moisture and cause corrosion.
What are the most common problems with a used Toyota Hilux pick-up?
Diesel particulate filter (DPF)
The DPF on examples that are left to idle a lot or complete only short journeys can block up with frustrating regularity. There is a specific button you can press to regenerate the DPF to help prevent this, but taking prolonged drives at faster speeds is a better option.
Poor fuel economy
Fuel economy is not the Hilux’s strongest attribute, and is also not helped by that manual DPF regeneration switch. Using it injects additional fuel into the exhaust stream to increase the temperature in the filter, burning off the trapped soot. The 80-litre fuel tank is therefore necessary for decent range.