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  1. Just bought a newer Hilux (2008) and thought I should check the cabin air filter - glad I did it was so dirty it resembled a hoover bag. (See photo). It does get pretty dusty over here in this part of Thailand as we live near the Mekong where they dredge for sand and a lot gets split on the road, eventually turning to dust. On my pickup someone had taken a look at the element before and fitted it incorrectly - round the wrong way and upside down. It was all distorted. Upside down was a bit of a concern as the end pleats of the element make a "V" pattern when installed correctly and when air passes through, helps to seal the paper against the side of the heater box. Up the wrong way, this doesn't happen and the end pleats allow dirty air to enter. (There is the word "UP" on the element and an arrow). I used a long handles bottle brush to brush out any remaining dust and wiped the heater box with a damp cloth. Popped the new element in and tried the blower, good air flow. The owners hand book shows the position of the cabin air filter in a picture and it is easy to get to - just drop the glove box down and you can see the cabin air filter cover. One plastic catch to the left and it lifts away. I hope this posts helps anyone contemplating changing their filter, it is pretty straight forward. I have spoken to some Hilux owners and they didn't even know they had a cabin air filter (also called a pollen filter in UK).
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  2. I think a lot of it is down to ignorant owners who just drive it till it goes wrong then go in to find out it ain't got oil in or something .... My father in law is the worst for it .... Rang me up broke down went and fetched him and his turbo had shed it's internals all in to the intake didn't mention the rattle it had for nearly six months prior ... That was a jag tho not Toyota .... I looked at the 1.4 then thought I dont want such a short ratio box on the motorway for 6 hrs
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  3. So, to finish this thread. The noise was made by the air filter housing, who resonates when the RPM's are "just right". The mechanic fixed it by putting some rubber bushing between the housing and something else under the hood, to keep the housing in a fixed position. Also, he recommended not to use MANN Filters, as I did. So I may be a costumer for a K&N air filter, and next year when I'll change the filters again I'll ask for more recommendations. Cheers! K
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  4. Moved to the IQ club to generate some response.
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  5. Congratulations on your new purchase! I wish I could help you look out for problems - but over 6 years and over 70,000 miles (taking it to a total of 130,00) I didn't have many... What went wrong with my 1.6 2001 VVTI model: Front wiper motor broke at 110,000 miles (replaced for £180). Alternator died at 120,000 miles (replaced for £200). The one and only time it failed to start, ever. Battery died at 125,00 miles (replaced for £30). Exhaust finally fell off due to rust at 129,000 miles (replaced for £140). At this point it was 14 years old and covered in road salt, so fair enough. That's a total of £550 over 6 years for failed parts, and not one of those in the first 50,000 miles after I bought it. Many people I know have spent that much on other cars within the first 2 years of owning them. And if I'd shopped around for the parts or done the work myself it would've been cheaper. Otherwise it was just the usual consumables - tyres, wipers and bulbs. It did indeed burn oil at a significant rate; every 3 months or so I would have to top it up. I considered this a very minor expense and inconvenience given the almost complete lack of other problems with the car - just something to keep an eye on occasionally. Other than that I did virtually no maintenance other than checking tyre pressures and giving it the occasional clean, then each year got it serviced at an independent garage and only ever had one MOT advisory (for advance notice of the rust on the exhaust). You could take it to a Toyota specialist if you like, but these are fairly simple cars and there are millions of them around so any decent mechanic should be able to work on them. In terms of reliability it was bombproof - almost literally; in a Mad Max style post-apocalyptic world if I couldn't find a Hilux I would get another Corolla. I may have just been lucky, but if you take care of yours then I hope you'll have as many miles and years of trouble-free motoring as I did.
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  6. on behalf of gen 6 lovers , this is my ride. save the best till last
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