Reliability above all: Toyota Hilux 7 disadvantages
Toyota Hilux 7 is one of the leaders in sales among mid-sized pickups. AT CIS, cars in the body of a pickup truck were always associated with a small truck, plus, the rather high cost of such a car significantly influenced the low demand for cars in this type of body. However, in recent years the situation has radically changed, and on our roads pickups meet every year more often, especially versions with a full-fledged cab. Toyota Hilux 7 is considered one of the most popular pickups in our country, therefore, today we will try to find out what drawbacks are inherent in this car, and what should I look for when choosing a second-hand Toyota Hilux 7 on the secondary market.
One of the main disadvantages of Toyota Hilux 7 is the weak paint and the tendency of the body iron to form corrosion. Most often, corrosion appears on the joints of the windshield and bodywork, bonnet and front wheel arches. Also, because of the unsuccessful design of the exhaust system on the wheel chock, which is integrated into the rear bumper, very quickly appears a large number of foci of rust. Officially in the CIS, Toyota Hilux 7 was supplied with two diesel turbocharged engines 2.5 (144 hp) and 3.0 (171 hp). It is not worth waiting for good dynamics from these engines, since the main trump card of these engines is the harshness and profitability (the average fuel consumption is 9-11 liters per 100 km). One of the main advantages of Toyota Hilux 7 engines in front of competitors is that they are unpretentious to fuel quality, but to abuse this, it is still not worth it, since Injection pump and nozzles are not cheap. If we talk about the reliability of these motors, then any serious shortcomings in them are revealed, since the motors are simple and reliable. Even the belt and the drive rollers Timing require replacement no more than once in 120,000 km (by regulations once every 150,000 km). Also, it is worth noting a fairly large resource turbocharger, in most cases it nurses more than 200,000 km. The main feature of these power units is the lack of hydraulic valve compensators, at the same time, adjust the clearances once every 80,000 km or as needed. From weak points it is possible to allocate a small resource of the generator (replacement of the diode bridge is required).
Toyota Hilux 7 is equipped with two types of gearboxes - paired with a motor 2.5 is installed five-speed mechanics, and with a motor volume 3.0 - five-speed automatic transmission. Both boxes are well known by other Toyota models and have proven themselves only from the positive side. The weakest point in mechanics is grip, its resource does not exceed 100,000 km. If the car is operated in harsh conditions, replacement of the clutch may be required after 50,000 km. Automatic transmission can please a sufficiently large service life (300-350 thousand km), but only on condition of timely service (times in 60,000 km). If you ignore these requirements, then closer to 150,000 km, you will need a replacement torque converter.
Buying a used car of this model, it should be understood that the transmission service lines are directly dependent on the operating mode. For example, if the previous owner traveled on the asphalt with a permanently-powered drive, then the transmission line service line is cut by half. The drawbacks of the all-wheel drive system include the leakage of the glands of the front axle, and, over time, the leaks begin to leak. Toyota Hylux 7 is a frame car, the frame here is very powerful and enduring. Equally sturdy and front independent suspension, which is equipped with powerful twin levers, but the design of the rear suspension by modern standards is archaic (suspension suspension design with a continuous bridge), but experience has shown that this solution is justified by good endurance. Weak places in the suspension of the Hilux not so much, but they are. So for example, are not known for their reliability ball bearings and hub bearings (on average they serve 60-80 thousand km). The rest of the suspension, with moderate loads, nurses 100-150 thousand km. The rear suspension is almost not killed, despite this time, from time to time it needs to pay attention (lubrication of the space between springs), otherwise the creaks from the rear suspension will slowly but surely drive you crazy. Despite the fact that the steering rack is not a problematic place of the car, it still requires constant attention. The fact is that rubber anthers are constantly exposed to dirt and reagents and because of this they can become worthless after 30-50 thousand km of mileage. Toyota Hilux 7 salon is equipped not with the best finishing materials, which are prone to a variety of violins, especially in the cheapest trim levels. Out of the shortcomings of electrical equipment, one can single out the rapid mashing of the air conditioning tubes and the constant malfunctioning of the multimedia system. In the rest, all systems work without failures. Of the advantages of the cabin can be identified - good sound insulation, and a sufficiently large number of useful options.
Toyota Hilux 7 possesses endurance and reliability, which many competitors will envy. However, it is worth noting that this car has its own peculiarities and minor drawbacks. But, speaking in general, in this segment it is one of the most reliable cars.
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