Toyota HiLux 2009 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Toyota HiLux 2009 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Toyota HiLux: Can I upgrade the tow rating?

Answered by CarsGuide 4 Jul 2014

It's not as simple as increasing your vehicle's grunt, you also have the bear in mind its braking and handling, and things like its springs, shock absorbers, wheels and tyres. You also have to be aware that by exceeding a vehicle's maximum towing load you could void your insurance and actually be illegal.

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Toyota does a recall on a recall

Toyota does a recall on a recall

12 Jun 2014 · by Joshua Dowling

Toyota issues its seventh recall in six months, doubles up on one from last year.

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Toyota recalls 6.58m cars, including 300,000 in Australia

Toyota recalls 6.58m cars, including 300,000 in Australia

9 Apr 2014 · by Karla Pincott

Toyota has issued a global safety recall on 6.58 million vehicles, with the impact hitting the popular Hilux ute, RAV4 SUV and Yaris small car.Statements issued by Toyota Australia today said that ...

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Toyota HiLux 2009: Overheating when beach driving

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Jul 2010

We received the following feedback from Toyota telling us that a Technical Field Manager inspected Peter Shanahan's HiLux and the issue was discussed with the owner. The Manager's findings were that "the vehicle was fitted with a bull bar, driving lights, canopy, and roof racks, all of which add additional weight and can restrict the cooling dependent on driving conditions, terrain, speed, ambient temperature, wind, caravan type etc. The ATM temperature light illumination as per the owner's manual recommends to slow down/pull over to allow the transmission to cool. This is considered within design intent."

Toyota's conclusion was that the vehicle was operating normally, which should be a warning to other HiLux owners that they should be aware of the possible effect accessories could have on the performance and cooling of their cars, particularly when under the additional load of towing. As for yours, I could imagine the auto would be under a heavy load when ploughing through sand and could well need a breather. It's probably worth fitting a transmission oil cooler.

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Toyota HiLux 2009: Transmission light coming on when towing

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Jul 2010

We asked Toyota to look into your case and, while they haven't yet reported back to us, they told us they would investigate it. In the meantime to solve your problem it would be best to fit a transmission oil cooler.

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Stunning figures

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Sep 2009

THE new Toyota HiLux has the best dials I have seen in recent times. The graphics were white on a black background, so there was good contrast and they were lit whenever the ignition was on.

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Toyota HiLux: Inaccurate speedo

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Sep 2009

IT'S a common problem with all cars and I would be most surprised if your Prado doesn't have a similar inaccuracy. By law carmakers aren't allowed to have a speedo that reads slow, but they can have one that reads up to 10 per cent higher than the actual speed. If the speedo reads lower than the actual speed you could be inadvertently booked for speeding and have a claim against the carmaker, but if the speedo shows a higher speed than it actually is there is little chance of you being booked inadvertently and therefore you will not have a claim against the carmaker. The simplest solution is to establish the level of the inaccuracy and drive accordingly, or buy another GPS and use that to keep an eye on your speed.

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Stunning figures

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Jul 2009

THE new Toyota HiLux has the best dials I have seen in recent times. The graphics were white on a black background, so there was good contrast and they were lit whenever the ignition was on.

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