Toyota HiLux Gearbox & Transmission Problems

Toyota HiLux: Will an automatic Extra Cab SR or SR5 be available?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Jan 2016

Toyota spokesman, Stephen Coughlan, says the lack of an automatic is a result of overwhelming global demand for manuals in the Extra Cab models. "There is no plan at this time for an automatic but we will continue to monitor customer demand in Australia," he says.

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Toyota HiLux 2004: Towing in fifth gear

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Feb 2013

There's no problem in using fifth gear on the flat, but you also have to be aware of the terrain and change down when facing an incline. Leaving it in fifth will stress the gearbox and could lead to the sort of failure you have experienced.

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Modified Urvan-Hilux oil problem

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Feb 2013

There appears to have been little or no warning, which is odd. If it were short of oil I would have expected it to become noisy or hot before it gave up the ghost completely. On most gearboxes you can check the oil level, that's the best way to tell if you've got a problem.

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Toyota HiLux 2006: New clutch only has one inch of clutch feel

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Apr 2011

I would expect the new clutch to take up within a short distance from the floor and once it has there is no “feel” as such. It sounds normal to me.


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Toyota HiLux 2008: I've been sold a lemon

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Feb 2011

It does sound like you have copped a lemon. Go back to the dealer and ask for a meeting to discuss your problems, and ask for a Toyota rep to inspect your car and give you a report on what they are going to do about it. The good thing is that the fact that the warranty has expired doesn’t mean a thing if the vehicle Toyota has sold you is unfit for purpose, and it sounds on the surface as if that is the case. If the approach to Toyota through the dealer fails to arrive a satisfactory resolution consider approaching the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 1300 302 502 and enlisting their help.

Under the Australian Consumer Law introduced in January 2011, a consumer can request a refund or a replacement for persistent problems if the car doesn’t do the job it’s supposed to do.

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Toyota HiLux: Overheating problem solved

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Jan 2011

Good advice for anyone suffering the same problem with the Hilux auto. Take it back to the dealer and have the ECU updated, Toyota has obviously found a fix for the problem, and as we have often advised fitting a transmission oil cooler is a wise move if you're doing a lot of towing.

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Toyota HiLux 2007: Desert driving

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Oct 2010

It's something other owners could think about, but it seems to defeat the purpose of buying an auto transmission.

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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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