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Toyota HiLux 2007: Camshaft snapped

Asked by Nathan Chatfield

The camshaft in the 2007 Toyota Hilux Twin Cab diesel I bought at the start of the year has snapped and I have been told by Toyota it needs a whole new motor at the cost of $6500-plus, including labour. It had 36,000 km on it when I bought it and has now done 65,000 km. Toyota has never heard of this happening and cannot explain what could cause this to happen. I work on a dairy farm in the country and live down a gravel road. I have put a lot of money into the ute and need it to provide a safe and reliable transport for my family. I don't have that kind of money. What can I do?

Answered by CarsGuide

15 Dec 2011 Carsguide.com.au

I would ask Toyota to investigate what appears to be a serious issue with your car, and request that they cover the cost of replacing the engine. If they baulk at that suggestion continue to negotiate with them for part compensation. Carmakers often cover part of the cost in situations like yours.

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