Lewy Choc McDonald

2009 SR5 Inspection Tips?

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Hi guys I am new to this whole scene. Current vehicle is a VT Commodore Wagon, for obvious reasons I am looking to upgrade and am pretty sold on a Hilux.

Having never owned one before, are there any things in particular I should take note of when inspecting? Also are there any things I should be wary of in the next 5 or so years in terms of overall health of a 2009 model SR5 Hilux.

The truck in question is a 2009 SR5 Hilux, automatic, dual cab, 4x4, turbo diesel.
Currently has roughly 120xxx K's on the clock and seems to be in fair condition.
Haggled the owner down to about $25K from $29k.

Any input would be much appreciated, as would criticism.

Cheers.

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I'm assuming the engine is a d4d here but your best bet is to take a mechanic or someone who can pick up faults. I would be wary of the injectors as on these models they are known to fail around the current kms or in the near future which can be a expensive fix. I recently Did the injectors on my 08 sr5 at 200km aftermarket was $900 each not including labour. You should be able to tell by test driving if the injectors are bad have a look at videos of bad injectors and look out for the symptoms so it will be easier to spot (vibrations, loss of power etc) Also keep an eye out for smoke out the exhaust in higher revs. Black smoke is generally okay unless it is copious amounts. White or blue smoke can mean it's burning oil and other issues so keep an eye out for that also. Take a look under the ute and inspect suspension system etc and look for wear as Toyota recently recalled a few models for suspension issues as well as the steering wheel clock Spring which deactivates the drivers airbag if faulty so ask if that repair has been carried out. Also, check if the clutch has been changed as due to towing and driver error depending on how many previous owners the oem clutch is pretty ****. I owned my ute since new and lost my clutch at only 150km with only about 20,000km towing which costs around $1000 for a heavy duty clutch not including labour. If clutch hasn't been changed and injectors seem like they are about to go soon then bargain down even lower because with injectors and clutch change your looking at 5k fix hope this helps

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My bad ignore what I said about the clutch I just noticed it was auto haha

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Kongratulations for at least doing your homework/research. NB Tojo's generally aren't racing powerhouses, there are other makers for that. They ared supposed to be reliable, functional work vehicles of adequate performance, legendary durability and not too expensive to keep. That said, they aren't perfect, and could always do with some improvements the maker elected not to installl. Welcome, and enjoy your motoring. Abt the end of the next 5 yrs, you will be due for a number of small items to be replaced, which will prob cost several $K's, but once done, you'll be ready for another 250,000km. Oil changes EVERY 5000km, with quality oil. If you're doing big milages, consider a Jackmaster bypass oil filter. NB Electronic failures are expensive and good help for them is not always available in remote Oz.

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