COVER THE BASICS
I was reading Chris du Plooy’s article in the June edition of Leisure Wheels to “cover the basics” when buying a used 4×4, but thinking to myself that it also has to do with luck.
I bought my second Hilux in 2011; brand new 3.0D4d D/C 4×4 auto and added all the extras (except a chip) and took very good care of it. I would be that guy to let the engine idle for a few minutes after every trip, (even to the dismay of the passengers), and made sure it went for a service with Toyota, at least 1 000km before the due date.
I was also the guy that carried the Toyota flag high at every braai and argued for Hilux being the toughest.
With 145 000km on the clock I was in the process of advertising it and ordering my new 2.8 D 4×4 D/C for delivery at the end of the year. Last month the turbo packed up and with not much change from R26k, I had a new one fitted. (Obviously three months after the extended warranty expired.) The dealer could not tell me what went wrong. Therefore I have to come to the conclusion that maybe sometimes “stuff happens” no matter what precautions you take and that maybe Hilux is not as indestructible as Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear made it out to be.
I am still going to get a new vehicle, even with the additional cash spent, it just opens up the choices to possibly a Ranger or a Navara...