Akin to the design of the Land Cruiser and Patrol being at home in the deserts of Arabia, the Hilux must be one of a handful of vehicles which has firmly established its headquarters in the four corners of South Africa – from the flats of the Karoo and the steep mountain passes of the Drakensberg, to the sandy shores of Cape Town and my local Woolies car park in Gauteng. It is arguably the best-selling bakkie (pick-up) in the country and a five minute trip on any road will confirm this. Every other pick-up is a Hilux in some shape or form!
There is definitely something about this vehicle that features in the desires of the entire local community. It is imperative to own one as a South African! You needn’t be in construction or the farming industry to own this vehicle as there are plenty of mod-shops who will drop, raise, spray and pimp your Hilux to your heart’s desire. I’ve chosen to stick my neck out here, but I’m not entirely sure what all the fuss is about as it isn’t even the ‘best’ pick-up on the market (what with the Navara having much more torque and power over the comparatively weedy 3-litre D4-D engine of the Hilux). Reliability in the Toyota, whilst still in the ‘unquestionable’ category, is also not all that it’s cracked up to be! Gone are the days where it could comfortably do 200,000 kilometres without even so much as a filter change (falling standards if you ask me). Rebel! Rebel! Continue reading