Our Trusty Hilux has just rolled past the 19000km mark since it’s been in our care and still reliable as ever. It’s the one vehicle in our fleet you can constantly rely on to start first time and cart whatever you want, wherever you want. Regular readers will recall the single cab 3.0D-4D I piloted for the greater part of 2010. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Hilux and still feel that, despite it getting on in years, it remains one of the most practical vehicles money can buy.
There’s just something honest and unpretentious about them that I enjoy, and the Hilux’ hard-as-nails demeanour makes you feel you can conquer Everest at every turn of the wheel. The added space in this new Xtra Cab version is more useful than I expected (compared to my single cab) and doesn’t cut down the load bay’s space that much.
This unit’s 3.0-litre D-4D engine seems to have run-in nicely and the improvement in both fuel efficiency and performance has been notable since it first arrived in April last year with just under 1400km on its clock. We’ve seen our average consumption drop from consuming around 11.1 litres every 100km on arrival to just under 8.5l/100km a month ago. Allied to its office moving duties late last year, the Hilux was again called upon to carry the bulk of my wares to my new abode behind the Boerewors Curtain in Durbanville from Sea Point.
Needless to say, lugging all my goods back and forth has seen our average consumption rise this last month to over 8.8l/100km. At the time of writing, 500ppm diesel was set to increase by 47c/litre on 7 December, while low sulphur 50ppm diesel was due to increase by 44c/litre. It will be interesting to see by how much this affects our monthly 86c/km average running costs on our new commute from the Northern Suburbs to the CBD each day.