09 hilux SR 4x4 3ltr diesel dual cab - towing????

Submitted: Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 21:23
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thinking of buying a new hilux dual cab - have a plumbing business and own a 1.6 tonne excavator (approx 2.0 tonne including trailer and buckets) only get the digger out for about four jobs a month. Anyone towed a weight similar and how'd the hilux handle it?? I know the toyota specs show it shouldn't be a problem but I thought I'd put it out there for anyone who's tried....not sure...
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 21:55

Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 21:55
You wont have a problem towing it, it will do the same job as any off the other current 4x4 utes

We tow our camper trailer with ours and have just come back from a Northern Simpson trip, we weighed in at 4450Kg all up.

Hard work getting over virgin sand dunes but it did it comfortably.

The only down fall would have to be an Issue with tall first gear and getting mobile on realy steep climbs.

People have reported clutch failure after only 20000K, we had ours done recently at 65000k due to a noise in the thrust bearing...dealer surgested doing the clutch at the same time.

Hope this is helpful.

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Follow Up By:- Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 22:01

Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 22:01
thanks for the info all is helpfull - cheers dave.
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Reply By: Member - SR509 (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 10:43

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 10:43
Ensure you have good brakes on the trailer. They don't like to stop in a hurry. Other than that, you will be well pleased. They don't drift around at all on speed and it doesn't pull the ute around through corners but you do know it's there. With any of the dual cab utes I wouldn't be towing more than 2 1/4 tonne anyway. Other than that, there is plenty of power, the torque available, though lower than some others, is available across a larger rev range so it pulls all the way through, other thing would be, seriously consider an auto. I have never had one before but now I do, I haven't looked back. Both carrying the same load, he was in a manual triton, hilux with the auto pulled the skin off of it. Everyone's got stories, for and against, but with the lux you won't be disappointed.

My 2 cents

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Follow Up By:- Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 20:26

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 20:26
great info - haven't considered an auto at all....will look into the whole auto thing as well
cheers dave.
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Reply By: Brian B (Brisbane) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:21

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:21

Yes you should be OK. I think your vehicle is rated at 2250kg and can have a ball weight of 225kg.

I would not attempt too much outisde of that weight range. Also you would need to ensure electric brakes were fully operational on the trailer.

One of the other replies you have received talks of in excess of 4000kg I think and that is way to much for you to consider towing.

Have a good one.
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Follow Up By: Brian B (Brisbane) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:23

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:23
Hi Mate,

The over 4000kg post was misread by me as it mentions all up weight so I presume the vehicle is included and this would put it all back into the right range.

Have a good one.
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Reply By: Member - Alan John C (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:46

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:46
The auto Hylux is slightly lower geared compared to the manual and if you intend on keeping it there are quite a few little items that will improve it Toyota will recomend that you don't tow in overdrive where you have a load on the engine but they also recommend this with 5th gear in the manual so that call is up to you. The auto may remove the hassles of clutch slippage I have currently done 160000 km in mine and fuel economy good but I think I will stick to manual as any small problems like clutches can be overcome if your a manual man and this will also save on break wear if you are considering towing your excavator regards Alan WA.

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