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  1. vic575

    T8 HLX

    From the album: Hilux 3.0 HL3

    Private plate on new 2010 Invincible
  2. vic575

    Hilux 3.0 HL3

    2008 Hilux 3.0 HL3 Double Cab
  3. vic575

    T8 HLX

    From the album: Hilux 3.0 HL3

    Private plate on new 2010 Invincible
  4. From the album: Hilux 3.0 HL3

    Leather look tailored seat covers.
  5. Yes, the key/remote is very sensitive. Mine locks and unlocks all the time with the keys in my pocket. I currently have a 09 reg Hl3 3.0, but I am collecting my new Invincible on 1st September. I only mention this as the new 2010 model has a completely different alarm system to the 2009 model, so I assume the deactivation procedure will be different. It does outline the system deactivation and control in the handbook. Hallelujah! There is life out there! Let me know if the systems different,as ive never had a Hilux before,so nothing to compare it with. Have a look at the 'Hilux Pick-up Owners Club' forum at http://www.hpoc.co.uk/community/. Select the 'Technical Questions' forum [You have to be a member to look at the forums]. This website gets considerably more 'traffic'. Hello again garth1979, I see from your other thread you started that the above advice I gave you about the HPOC was not needed as you had already worked that one out for yourself. I will probably see you over there on HPOC. vic575.
  6. Yes, the key/remote is very sensitive. Mine locks and unlocks all the time with the keys in my pocket. I currently have a 09 reg Hl3 3.0, but I am collecting my new Invincible on 1st September. I only mention this as the new 2010 model has a completely different alarm system to the 2009 model, so I assume the deactivation procedure will be different. It does outline the system deactivation and control in the handbook. Hallelujah! There is life out there! Let me know if the systems different,as ive never had a Hilux before,so nothing to compare it with. Have a look at the 'Hilux Pick-up Owners Club' forum at http://www.hpoc.co.uk/community/. Select the 'Technical Questions' forum [You have to be a member to look at the forums]. This website gets considerably more 'traffic'.
  7. Yes, the key/remote is very sensitive. Mine locks and unlocks all the time with the keys in my pocket. I currently have a 09 reg Hl3 3.0, but I am collecting my new Invincible on 1st September. I only mention this as the new 2010 model has a completely different alarm system to the 2009 model, so I assume the deactivation procedure will be different. It does outline the system deactivation and control in the handbook.
  8. Now this might sound a bit daft, but, could it be stuck in low range? I currently own an 09 reg 3.0 Hilux and previously had an 08 reg 3.0 Hilux. The top speed of the 3.0 should be about 105mph which is about 167kph. The top speed of the 2.5 4x4 Hilux should be about 96mph which is 154kph. You say your top speed is 80kph which is about 50mph. I would therefore strongly suspect that you either have it in 'low range' or, if not, it might be stuck in low range. As far as I am aware there is no facility on the current Hilux to go into 'LIMP HOME MODE'.Some Toyota's do have this where the ECU detects a problem and won't allow the engine to rev above 2000rpm. You don't say whether there is a rev restriction in your case.
  9. I assume you mean the hardtop/canopies that fit onto the pick-up tub. 1.Yes, the side windows do open on most canopies. Some have the 'Pop open' type of opening window, while others such as the one I have has sliding windows. 2. Yes, the canopies can be easily removed and refitted as they 'clamp on'. There are usually either four or six clamps. The canopies are quite heavy though. It is a four man job to lift into position so you wouldn't want to be removing and refitting it on a regular basis. 2009 Hilux Hl3 3.0
  10. Not quite Vic. The new Aygo has new styling cues such as new bumpers, new tail lights, and new fabrics for the inside upholstery. Mechanically the new Aygo has better insulation, and new engine mounts to stop vibration - so, tthey are not identical. I did not say that they are identical. I said they are 'all but identical' This means they are very, very similar. They do look very, very similar. This was my point. I am well aware of the improvements on the new AYGO, after all I own one. The differences between the original Aygo and the facelift Aygo were something I looked into at great length prior to buying one. My point was, that it seemed to be a shame that Aygo owners were dividing themselves up into two opposing factions, over aesthetically minor issues. 2009 AYGO+ 5dr 2009 Hilux Hl3 3.0 double cab
  11. We have a 'facelift' AYGO. We had decided to buy an AYGO long before the facelift occurred. So it didn't matter to us which one it was. Lets be honest there is vitually no difference between them. Its like identical twins, theres always one thats slightly better looking. What I would say is that both 'old' and 'new' both look great. It seems a little odd to me that AYGO enthusiasts would post such negative remarks about the new AYGO, when after all, they are all but identical.
  12. Hi boozehound I can understand you wanting one. I have a new 09 reg [facelift] Hl3 3.0 double cab, manual. This replaced my 08 reg Hl3 3.0 double cab, manual. As far as my experience goes there are no issues with them whatsoever. You can buy one with total confidence. You don't say if you are going to buy new or not. Either way, my advice is buy from the main dealer. It is a myth that the main dealer is more expensive than non-franchised. In fact the main dealer is often significantly cheaper than the others. As the Hilux is a commercial vehicle, it is the Business Centre at the main dealer that you will deal with. Having bought three new Toyota's from the Business Centre in less than eighteen months, [two Hilux's, one AYGO]I can report that the discount they give is far better than the 'ordinary' sales people would. Why do you specifaly want an auto ? the manual is more economical and about £1000 cheaper. As regards mpg, on a trip to Northumberland recently on motorways and back lanes, I averaged 35.4 mpg. Knocking about locally, short trips [4 -6 miles] and towing, I get about 29.5 mpg.
  13. Are you absolutely sure about this. As I said in my previous post, it was the senior mechanic at the main Toyota dealer, who works on these vehicles everyday who told me that the 3.0 d4d Land Cruisers have 24 volt starters. If the two batteries were just for all the extra electric 'extra's', why don't the top of the range Toyota cars have two batteries ? These cars too have heated seats, electric seats etc. In fact the Hilux, which has the same engine, also comes with heated seats and the like and a fuel heater for cold climates yet has one battery.The Land Cruiser has two 'small' batteries, while the Hilux has one 'larger' battery. Surely the Toyota trained mechanics must know what they are talking about. In my experience, they certainly do.
  14. I bought two new Toyotas in June. The AYGO was registered from new with my private reg number and so has never had a 'year' related number. I just gave the dealer my 'certificate of entitlment' and they did all the work. With the Hilux I asked them if I could pick one of their DVLA allotted numbers and they gave me a list of about ten to choose from. I think the point is that you have to ask for the choice, it isn't just offered as a matter of course. 2009 [facelift] AYGO+ 5d 2009 [facelift] Hilux Hl3 3.0
  15. Hi there, I had this explained to me recently by the foreman mechanic at the Toyota dealer. I asked why my friends new Land Cruiser 3.0 had two batteries while my new Hilux double cab 3.0, with exactly the same engine, had only one battery. The answer is that the Land Cruiser has a 24 volt starter motor and the Hilux has a 12 volt starter motor. The only difference is the gearing in the starter motor which means the Land Cruiser needs more power to crank the engine over. All the other electrics on the Land Cruiser are 12 volts of course. I assume Your Hilux Surf has the same system as the current Land Cruiser. 2009 [facelift] Hilux Hl3 3.0
  16. Hi there, You don't say if your Hl3 is a 2.5 or a 3.0. I have a new 09 'facelift' 3.0 Hl3. Before this I had a 2008 08 Hl3 3.0 [both manual and with hardtop and roof bars]. I do alot of short journeys, about five or six miles. Also I do tow a trailer two or three times a week. Under these conditions [and with the air con on] I get 28 -29 mpg. On a long trip, as when going on Holiday, I have got between 34.5 and 36.5mpg. This is with four occupants, all our gear and doing proper motorway speeds. I reckon if when doing a long journey, if I could manage to drive at 55 - 60 mph, then it would be possible to get the 39 mpg as quoted for 'extra urban'.
  17. vic575

    new facelift 09 Aygo+

    Our new Aygo+ 5 door. Delivered on the 18th June 2009.
  18. I too have a new facelift AYGO on order. In fact it is bought and payed for and is being delivered to my house on the June 18th [two days to go]. I have also just bought a new facelift Hilux Hl3 3.0 which I have now had for nearly two weeks. The new Hilux replaces my 2008 Hilux Hl3 3.0. In all my dealings with my Dealer over the last fourteen months, having bought three new vehicles from them and had warranty work done on the 08 Hilux, I have to say they have been absolutely marvelous. Nothing has been too much trouble. The service department has been the best I have ever dealt with [compared to other marques]. When my 08 Hilux had clutch judder when new, they fell over themselves to put it right and at my covenience. Also after breaking the windscreen on the motorway and having it replaced, the Hilux developed a rattle which seemed to come from the dash. Not only did the Toyota dealer find and fix the rattle in one try [ IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE HEADLINING ], despite it being caused by the fitting of the new windscreen by the insurers, the Toyota dealer still fixed the problem under warranty. I can understand anyone used to Mercedes dealers being a bit nervous of warranty issues, I had the same trouble with the Land Rover dealer. But there is no need to worry. The Toyota dealers seem to have a different ethos to the rest. I know from experience that even if the new AYGO did leak, the Toyota dealer in Chesterfield that I use would sort it out promptly and without any fuss. By the way, if you want a vehicle that will almost certainly rain in, buy a Land Rover Defender, and when you take it back to the Land Rover dealership to complain, they laugh and say "It's a Lnad Rover, what do you expect?"
  19. High there Treeclimber, Yes, you are correct. As you are the owner/operator and you are not transporting 'Goods' you do not need a tacho. As regards the towing capacity, it depends which model of Hilux you have. My 2008 3.0 Hl3 Double Cab has a maximum legal towing limit of 2.25 tonnes [2250 kg] and a 'Gross Train Weight' [both Hilux and trailer fully loaded] of 5.19 tonnes [5190 kg]. I hope this helps Vic575
  20. There seems to be a bit of confusion here. If the maximum allowed train weight of the vehcle and trailer combined [thats if both vehicle and trailer were fully loaded] is over 3.5 tonnes and if it is being used commercially you 'may' need a tacho. You will need a tacho if you are transporting 'Goods'. But if you are the owner/operetaor and you are carrying materials and equipment for use by yourself in connection with your trade or proffession within 100 Km of your base, you do not need a tacho. The guide book from VOSA does state that for Horticultural and Agricultural purposes, if in line with the above hihglighted statement, are exempt. For example;- I am a Landscape Gardener. My Hlux Hl3 and my 750Kg trailers combined maximum train weight is about 3.7 tonnes.[ its the maximum train weight that counts, even if your trailer is empty] When I carry my ride on mower to a job, the work starts when I take the mower off the trailer and start grass cutting. The carrying of the mower on the trailer is NOT my work. I do not need a tacho. But if I were a mower salesman and I was delivering the same mower, on my trailer, to a client, I would need a tacho because then I would be transporting 'Goods'. It is a subtle difference but that is the law. You can download a booklet from VOSA that explains these 'exemptions'.
  21. I had the same problem with my 2008 3.0 Hl3. Or at least thats what I thought. I told my dealer about it and they had the vehicle for one day, and found and cured the problem. In my case the rattle turned out to be the headlining [front/left]. The dealer having located the noise, removed the headlining, packed it with foam and sprayed the inside components with the clear greasy fluid used to shine dash boards. This makes any trim or fittings slip against each other, rather than creek or rattle. I was amazed how efficient they were at finding the fault, as everyone knows it is very difficult to tell where rattles are actually coming from. swampdog said he thought the dealer may keep the vehicle for a week or two. Perhaps some dealers would, but my experience with Gordon Lamb Toyota in Cheterfield is that they employ experienced and intuitive mechanics. Not only are they keen to help, but have the skill to do so.
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