Toyota HiLux 2010 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Toyota HiLux 2010 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Which 4x4 Dual Cab ute should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Oct 2020

The very fact that you’re looking at two vehicles that fit into your budget but have travelled such vastly different distances should tell you all you need to know about the Nissan. Frankly, the Navara D22 and D40 don’t age well. In fact, many owners have found out the hard way that a Navara just can’t match the Toyota HiLux of this vintage for longevity and the ability to cop punishment over time.

I’m certainly not saying that the HiLux was perfect, but compared with the Navara’s litany of faults and problems that covered everything from rattling timing chains to coolant leaks and odd design elements such as the bottom of the radiator being lower than the lowest part of the chassis cross-member (not good for off-road work) the Toyota was much better. Granted the Navara you’re considering has very low mileage, so it should be okay for a while…just about till you hand it over to your son to break.

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Toyota HiLux 2010: Repairs not covered by warranty

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Nov 2012

Checking and adjusting the valve clearances is a part of the service schedule on the Toyota diesel, and the parts do wear out. This is a case of buyer beware, you really need to check the fine print on the warranty to find out what isn't covered before you actually spend your money.

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Toyota HiLux 2010: Should I go to a 4x4 mechanic?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 May 2011

Before you do anything air your concerns with the dealer. There is no need to find a specialist 4x4 mechanic.

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Toyota HiLux 2010: Will too much oil cause damage?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Mar 2011

13 mm is a long way over the top, but I doubt you would do any damage as a result. Even so I would be asking the dealer why it has been overfilled and to drain a little out so it is back to the high mark on the dipstick.

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Mitsubishi Triton: Will it overheat when towing like the Toyota Hilux and Prado?

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Sep 2010

There is nothing to suggest there is a problem with the Triton, but it’s worth checking the owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with any recommendations Mitsubishi makes about towing with the Triton. That way you will minimize the risks of having a problem.

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Message from 'Smithy'

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Sep 2010

We have passed a number of these reports on to Toyota for their response and last week we received this comment from a Toyota spokesman: "Toyota acknowledges owners comments regarding the ATM light illuminating when towing heavy loads. We are currently investigating the issue. However, we wish to advise, the ATM light only indicates high oil temperature. Owners who experience this condition should follow the 'Owners Manual' instruction, as well as ensuring airflow to the radiator is not blocked."

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Message from Smithy

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Aug 2010

We have passed some on to Toyota for their attention and response, and they have come back to us asking for the details of relevant owners and the dealers they have consulted so their Technical Services Department can deal directly with them in an effort to resolve their complaints. Specifically they would like to contact readers Jim Rogers of Boronia in Victoria and Mick Ryan of Niddrie, also in Victoria. If those two readers contact us at, quoting this announcement we will pass their details on to Toyota.

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Toyota HiLux: Overheating when towing

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Aug 2010

Reading the handbook should be a "must-do" for new car buyers, even though most of us don't even open it at all until there's a problem. Don't take it for granted that the car you want to buy will do what you want. Tell the dealer what you plan to do with your new car, particularly if you're going to tow with it, and ask if there are any precautions you should take to ensure trouble free operation under those conditions. We would be keen to hear VCAT's determination on your claim.

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Prado warning light

Answered by CarsGuide 29 Jul 2010

We've asked Toyota about the 'fix' and whether it applies to the HiLux and will report back once we have an answer.

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