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#1 apg39

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 06:36 PM

Can anyone direct me to a site that tells the difference between an early 90's Hilux Surf & 4runner?

Im pretty sure the Surf - imported, 2.4L TD.

and 4runner - Aus. delivered, 3.0L V6.

I've read that the Surf's overheat in our climate...is that the same for the 4runners?

Which would be the better buy?

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 08:29 PM

Can anyone direct me to a site that tells the difference between an early 90's Hilux Surf & 4runner?

Im pretty sure the Surf - imported, 2.4L TD.

and 4runner - Aus. delivered, 3.0L V6.

I've read that the Surf's overheat in our climate...is that the same for the 4runners?

Which would be the better buy?


I will talk from experience not rumours.

They do what every car does when it hasnt been maintained correctly...overheat/breakdown/need servicing etc.
For every 2 people i know that has had a bad experience i can name 10 that havnt.

Surfs come in these engine variants
2LT 2.4 NON EFI Turbo Diesel
2LTE 2.4 EFI Turbo Diesel
1KZTE 3.0 EFI Turbo Desiel
1KZTE 3.0 EFI Turbo Diesel with factory intercooler
3VZE 3.0 Petrol V6 but these are very rare in Australia

Ive had a 9/90 2LTE surf for years now and love it

Others have had nightmare $$ spent and say they will never buy another.


the info you need is all at toyotasurf.asn.au.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 11:01 PM

Any time you buy a vehicle, get an inspection done- compression tests tell you a lot about an engine without pulling it down-regardless of where it originates from---good luck

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:13 AM

I've had an 1992 RV6 since new. Which my dad bought, still as new, only 130,000kms.

We've never had real dramas with it - except refurbishing the aircon compressor, and it still blows ice on a 40deg day. You may also notice that the rear suspension tends to sag in all these cars, but aftermarket struts fixed this for us.

Has never overheated.

Top car!

Biggest downfall is its heavy on juice around town, but thats to be expected when compared to newer cars.

Have never had a Import one so cant really make a comparison.
I think the key to getting one of these as with any car is to get one with a decent service history.

L.

Edited by Lucky_Luke, 05 September 2008 - 08:15 AM.


#5 thebear77

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 03:01 PM

Basically always buy a non import.. i own a 4runner with a commodore conversion..parts have been so easy to source....and every mechanic relaxes when they hear its not a surf..lol

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