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  1. Hi all,

    Just wondering if there is something wrong with the alarm on y new invincible.

    First off,the buttons on the remote are very sensitive to say the least,and its very easy to press them inadvertently.

    On a couple of occasions,ive opened a door,then locked it again by accident with the remote while the door is still open.This results in an audible beeping sound to alert me that the door is open,and the alarm system armed.

    In the handbook,it says to just use the open button on the remote if this happens.But this does not work,and i have to close the door,lock,then unlock to disable the alarm.

    Has anyone else had any probs with this system?

    Does anyone else find the remote extremely sensitive?

    Many thanks...

    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.

  2. Hi all,

    Just wondering if there is something wrong with the alarm on y new invincible.

    First off,the buttons on the remote are very sensitive to say the least,and its very easy to press them inadvertently.

    On a couple of occasions,ive opened a door,then locked it again by accident with the remote while the door is still open.This results in an audible beeping sound to alert me that the door is open,and the alarm system armed.

    In the handbook,it says to just use the open button on the remote if this happens.But this does not work,and i have to close the door,lock,then unlock to disable the alarm.

    Has anyone else had any probs with this system?

    Does anyone else find the remote extremely sensitive?

    Many thanks...

    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'.

  3. Hi all,

    Just wondering if there is something wrong with the alarm on y new invincible.

    First off,the buttons on the remote are very sensitive to say the least,and its very easy to press them inadvertently.

    On a couple of occasions,ive opened a door,then locked it again by accident with the remote while the door is still open.This results in an audible beeping sound to alert me that the door is open,and the alarm system armed.

    In the handbook,it says to just use the open button on the remote if this happens.But this does not work,and i have to close the door,lock,then unlock to disable the alarm.

    Has anyone else had any probs with this system?

    Does anyone else find the remote extremely sensitive?

    Many thanks...

    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.

  4. is there a speed restricter on a 56 hilux 2.5. it will not go above 80kmh. i would appreciate any information on the subject. and any ways to remove it.

    thanks

    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.

  5. I dont know much about the hilux except that I think it would suit us BUT we have dogs..

    these may sound questions but

    1. If you have the cab on the back, are all the windows sealed ie NOT suitable for animals

    2. Can the cab be attached/removed or is it permanent

    Thanks

    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

  6. 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.

    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

  7. 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.

  8. i really like the design. I am seriously considering one

    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.

  9. Only the bigger Landcruisers like the 4.2td have the 24v starters, but the Surfs and smaller Landcruisers have two batteries because they have more electrical bits, like fuel heaters for cold climates and heated seats.

    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.

  10. 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

  11. hi all,

    it may be a silly question but why is there 2 batteries under the bonnet

    cheers

    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

  12. Hello all

    Well, I have been and gone and done it. I have traded in my RAV4 XTR, now 3 years old for a new Hilux Hl3.

    What is the fuel economy like?

    Thanks in advance.

    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'.

  13. 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?"

  14. Thank you vic575. That's kind of what I hoped for. For example, being a tree surgeon, pulling a chipper to site (2tonne on trailer) I only start my work when the chipper starts working. Right? Is a hilux maximum pull 2tonne?

    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

  15. 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'.

  16. i have a 2007 3l invincible with a rattle behind the dash to the left of centre close to the screen which occurs in high gears under load, ie loading engine when accelerating in high gear or towing, been on www.newhilux.net in Australia, they have the same issue but no one says what the cure is apart from that it is some metal lugs rattling against the dash mountings, can anyone be more specific or describe what to do to cure the rattle please, yours v8.

    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.

  17. Before I bought my new Hilux 3.0 Hl3, I of course had a test drive in one.

    The demonstater I drove made a terrible noise until it had warmed up. The noise was, as previously described on this thread, as a kind of loud pinking noise. This was very intrusive and would have put me off buying one but the salesman warned me about the noise and explained what it was and how it would be cured.

    He said there were some faulty injecters which were going to be replaced with modified and more up to date injecters.He said this was a fault that was known to Toyota and that the modified injecters was Toyota's solution.

    Having ordered my Hilux and having traded in my Land Rover, I was lent the same Hilux demonstrater for a couple of weeks. I was only lent the Hilux after the new injecters had been fitted and the problem was completely solved. The engine was very quiet. It was hard to believe it was the same vehicle.

    The trouble is not all dealers are the same. Not all dealers can be trusted to solve problems or to care about solving problems.

    I deal with Gordon Lamb Toyota in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. I have to say they have been superb. They have a very good reputation for sorting any warranty issues quickly and without any fuss.

    I had a tiny bit of clutch judder when setting off in first gear. It was only noticable when pulling away up hill.

    I mentioned this to them and straight away they said this was not acceptable and fitted a new clutch plate.

    If anyone here has not had this injecter fault sorted out properly, I would suggest trying another dealer.

  18. I also have a new 08 reg 3.0 Hilux double cab Hl3. I have had it since april. Mine though is a manual which does much better mpg.

    I do quite a bit of towing and at the moment I am using the AC most of the time. Most of my journeys are short at about 4 to 7 miles.

    Even with the above type of use, the worst mpg I have had is 30mpg. Though 31mpg is more typical.

    We recently used the Hilux for a trip to Northumberland. Three adults, one child and loads of gear. I did 518 miles on all type of roads from motorways to B-roads. Over those 518 miles it averaged 34.5 mpg. It used 15 gallons. That was measured from fill up to fill up, 'necking' it as it were each time. I find that the onboard computer is about 2mpg on the optimistic side.On the afore mentioned trip the computer said it had done 36.5mpg.

    I reckon that had there not been a strong headwind on the way back, it would have done 36mpg or better as

    before the journey back, the display was reading 38 mpg.

    I think that if you were really careful on the motorway and stuck to 60 -65 mpg, it would do 39 mpg.

    While my Hilux was on order they lent me a 3.0 auto. I coudnt get any better than 28.5 mpg with it.

  19. I have just bought a new Hilux 3.0 HL3 Double Cab.

    It is absolutely superb.

    The quality and reliability of Toyota goes without saying.

    As regards the Navara, the guy who sells them is bound to say they are better isn't he. No suprises there.

    All I know is there is a mechanic in my area who has made his living over the past couple of years rebuilding shattered Navara engines.They seem to give up in a big way at about 60k.

    I know one guy who has one and his son also has one and they both blew up at a fortnight apart.

    Because each time they were serviced the mileage had gone slightly over the service interval, Nissan wouldn't pay for the repairs.There has also been an issue with the airbags deploying too late in an impact. Have a look at the NCAP test results. The Navara scores very poorly.

    No, steer clear of the Navara.

    The Hilux is far better.

    The build quality is as good as it gets. The engine is fantastic. 169 bhp.[171 DIN hp] 34mpg combined [i can confirm this] and 39 mpg on the motorway.It develops its 343 Nm torque between 1400 and 3400 rpm. It pulls like a train.

    The Hilux is more economical than the Navara. The Hilux has lower CO2 emmissions and more ground clearance. I think also the wading depth is better at 700mm.

    It is Toyota that has made great inroads into America, devastating the American car manufacturers-not Nissan.

    Anyway, what's a Nissan dealer doing spending time corresponding on a Toyota owners webite.

    That is a bit strange don't you think.

    Perhaps it envy.

  20. Does anyone know where I can find a supplier of a truckman tops (or similar) that will fit a 2008 hi lux extra cab pick up.

    I've found plenty of places that can accommodate the single or double cabs, but not the extra.

    Any info greatly accepted.

    Cheers

    Hi there.

    This firm do 'tops' for extra cabs. http://www.pickuptops.co.uk Although the images they show for each type of top is a double cab, if you click on 'prices' they list the prices for extra cabs and single cabs also.

    I have just ordered a 'top' for my new HL3 double cab from them and they are very helpful and their prices are

    also very good.

    I hope this helps.

  21. Thank's everyone for the welcome.

    It is much appreciated.

    As you can see I had many problems with my Defender and the one before that.

    I don't know how they get away with it.

    Problems aside, the Hiux is still so much better than a Defender. I am still amazed how refined, quiet, economical, roomy, reliable, comfortable and well built the Toyota is. Why didn't anyone tell me how good they are before I wasted money on Land Rovers.

    Recently Land Rover passed the four million vehicles built mark.

    Toyota have built over ninety million vehicles. I guess this says it all.

    Land Rovers ethos has always been 'We know its rubbish but lets not change it or improve it - they will still buy them'

    Toyota's approach seems to be 'Lets not rest on our reputation - we can make it even better'

    The difference in quality really is worlds apart.

    As I wrote in my last Land Rover Forum post;- Better Toyota than Tata.

  22. Hi there,

    foregive me if this has already been covered but I am a new member.

    I have a new Hilux HL3 D4D 3.0 on order.

    I was wondering if this engine will run on biodiesel or a veg oil and diesel mix of say 25% or 50% veg oil.

    If so, will Toyota warrant this.

    Many thanks.

    Toyota Prius [loan car]

    Toyota Hilux HL3 3.0 [on order]

  23. Hi there,

    I have just joined this forum.

    I was formerly an owner of a new Land Rover Defender, Land Rover enthusiast and member of a Land Rover forum.

    I have come to my senses.

    I have just traded in my 57 reg Defender and have on order a new Hilux HL3 3.0.

    Having been bitterly disappointed with my last two new Defenders I began to look around for something better.

    I have found it. A toyota Hilux Double Cab.

    My Defenders have been totally unreliable, badly built and noisy, uncomfortable and very uneconomical.

    How does 25 mpg sound.

    How would you like to buy a twenty-odd thousand pound Defender and have:-

    Raining in - soaking wet carpets

    Paint work needing re -spraying

    Leaking axles

    Clanking gearbox

    Knocking sound from underneath.

    No legroom in rear

    Tractor like feel.

    It was only when the urge for something better lead to a test drive in a Hilux that my eyes were opened.

    Here was a 4x4 pick up with the refinement, bullet proof build quality, economy I always thought didn't exist.

    It really has been a revelation.

    I wish I had known this last year before buying my third terrible Land Rover.

    But thats the thing with Land Rover enthusiasts. They can't see the truth that Land Rovers are so bad. It's like a disease. Fortunately I have got better.

    So now here I am as a new Toyota convert.

    Toyota Prius [ loan car]

    Toyota Hilux HL3 3.0 [on order]

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