hilux sr5 xtra cab

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 20:06
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i have veered away from buying a d40 navara because of the clutch problems and turned my attention towards a xtra cab hilux 2005 onwards.

how would this go towing a camper trailer around australia? not a huge trailer just a average one for me and the missus.

cheers daniel
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 20:40

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 20:40
Hi Daniel. There is nothing wrong with the 2005 model turbo diesel but the 2006 and onwards have the D4D engine which is better again imo. Will cost a bit more to purchase but servicing is half the prior model with more power and less fuel. Regards,Bob

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Follow Up By: athdaddy - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:02

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:02
thanks bob and it should tow with power and (hopefully) without any drama's?

sorry for all my questions but i'm new at this : )

cheers daniel
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:52

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:52
March 2005 on had the D4D when the first introduced the new Hilux
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 12:09

Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 12:09
The D4D is an awesome engine. Thats what I would be buying. 05 onwards
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:22

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:22
We have a 4WD discussion folder at work.......lots of people in this workforce approx 60000....and this problem with clutches in the current crop of utes seems to be across the board and not just a Navara D40 thing. Indeed, one or the contributors to our folder is now having the 3rd clutch fitted to her SR5 under warranty......vehicle has just 40000km on it. There are also other who have had similar problems with other vehicles on this genre. IMHO I think that the dual mass set up is problematical and simply cannot handle the torque produced by these modern engines.
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Reply By: mepvic - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:29

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:29

Make sure that you check your towball weight very carefully. A new Hilux only has 2250kG towing capacity with a max towball capacity of 225kG.

The 2005 Hilux may only be 1500kG with a 150kG towball capacity.

A camper trailer may be well below the 1500kG weight but with the front of the trailer loaded up with tools, jerry cans etc, the towball weight can easily exceed that.

There is a You tube video around that shows what happened if the download is exceeded. It shows a Nissan 4 door ute with a broken back after towing a large boat. If it can happen to a Nissan it can happen to a Hilux as the Nissan has a much greater tow ball down load than the Hilux.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 10:18

Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 10:18
current model tritons are notorious for chassis failures.
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Reply By: Member - Paul S (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:39

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 21:39
G'day Daniel,

My 2005 (May) extra cab has the latest diesel......same as new prado. We tow a kimberley CT and had to have clutch replaced twice before we were happy with slip & shudder problems removed. I think the clutch was improved 12 months or so after this new model release, so be a little weary of early release units. What a pity they don't produce an auto in the extra cab.

We fitted diesel-gas, although even running straight diesel it has plenty of grunt for all our needs on & off the blacktop; have also seen them used for 5th wheelers. Will need a lift, especially if you fit a winch and load it up with recovery gear, tools & general camping equipment; the air locker has been real handy too.

Apart from replacing a couple of rollers that tension the fan belt early on, have had trouble-free motoring for almost 6 years.

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 21:04

Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 21:04
The later model Hilux's seem to fair better with their clutches, there are also some better aftermarket clutches available that would be the way to go when it comes time to replace it
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