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Submitted: Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 22:09
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I worked on a1991 hilux today,I could not beleive the kms that this ute had done. It had 738000 km on the clock with a engine change at 715000 km,the engine was a petrol 22r and been serviced every 10000 km since new by the owner. The car was still in excellent condition with still much more left in it. Goes to show how tough old hiluxs are and the life you can get out of a car if you give it TLC. Be good to get this many kms out of the Bravo, but I think it wil be pensioned off before then. A few figures 41000 km a year, 60 hrs a week he must have liked driving and his bum was not fat from sitting for all those kms

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Reply By: V64Runner - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 22:36

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 22:36
Several years ago I met an elderly gentleman who owned a 1970 something Commodore. It had done just short of ONE MILLION km. I asked him what was the secret to being able to get a million Km out of it. His reply was : " I change the engine oil and filter every time I look at the dipstick and the oil is just starting to go off colour. And another thing is to keep the engine running at its normal operating temp for as a long as possible" He stated that he was a sales rep in his younger days and he was paid a car allowance, and as he travelled the length and breadth of the country his engine never got a chance to get cold. Also mentioned that if he went from Perth to Melbourne he would change the oil and filter there, and when he got back to Perth the same procedure would happen all over again. Preventative maintenance can save on costly repair bills was his motto. I`ve started doing the same with my 4x4
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 07:34

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 07:34
My brothers 1991 Hilux has 460,000ks on the clock. Actually still runs well with no oil usage. He has had a bypass filter on it from an early age.. Or you can change the oil or fiter regularly, clean oil is the key.. Having said that , its had a few starter motors and alternators and because it has not been garaged, the plastic inside the cab is chalky and off colour.. So they still wont last forever.. Id say 715,000ks is a good run for an engine.. Michael

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Reply By: tim_c - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 16:33

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 16:33
That's good going! I thought I was doing well: just sold my 1995 Jackaroo (petrol) with 396,000km and the most major work was replacement clutch (once) and reco starter (once), oh - and changing the timing belt (that wasn't much fun!).

It wasn't just nursed around on sealed roads either - it's done the Strzelecki Tk, Birdsville Tk Oodnadatta Tk/Old Ghan, Tanami, GRR ... and still going strong. Only sold it to go overseas for a couple of years.
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