Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Unbreakable Hilux Wins Hearts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Unbreakable Hilux Wins Hearts

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Byline: STEVE ORME

ANYONE who has experienced Hilux love, lived together as man and pick-up, knows the pain of that final goodbye.

It's like the day a countryman faces throwing a handful of biscuits into a pit by a favourite stretch of river, saying farewell to a faithful Labrador, a working companion which has retrieved, waded, swum and damaged itself without question.

They say when an old cricketer leaves the crease you never know whether he's gone and the evening news is scoured for a glimpse of it in 4x4 afterlife, done up as a mobile gun emplacement in some dusty eastern sandpit.

The Toyota Hilux has long been the benchmark for pick-ups. I am not saying always the best but the truck against which all others are judged. From the outback to the inside leg of a line dancer it has been measured for everything from sheep farming to the male mid-life crisis.

You can tow a boat, support your local shoot and even put on a big hat and pretend your significant other is Taylor Swift. Or a village person.

An alter ego as Lawrence of suburbia is not beyond the bounds of bed linen.

Whatever else you will not do is break it. I had one for 15 years and all it ever needed were two exhausts and some tyres.

The possibility was, however, that it could break you. The last massive three-litre diesel lump had a horses thirst for little negligible effect other than to boost torque.

Important as that may be in a working environment there are other ways to get it. Enter the latest 'lux, 2.4-litres, 400Nm of torque and a possible fuel average of 40mpg.Tax is PS230.

Obviously this means it is as slow as a two-legged cow but you hardly paid your PS29,000 for a love of speed.

Likes tracks though, especially as rutted as randy stags up a one-way glen.

The D-4D 148bhp six-speed manual rumbles to 62mph in 13. …

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