The new 2.8 are a great truck for towing . I've had the 3.0 litre and the new style 2.4 but there is no comparison between them. I really like the new 2.8, great truck.Currently running a 3.0 Hilux D4D which needs replacing. Would an auto be any good for towing? What are the newer engines like?
No costly dual mass flywheel to worry about with an auto, if doing a lot of towing the auto is a no brainer, the newer auto boxes are more than up to it. Only down sides are as Hally pointed out above, you will lose some mpg and the servicing usually costs a bit more.
Anyone with a mechanical mind has been doing that since the mid 90's.I'm not sure how many of these modern automatics are 'sealed for life' but they could probably do with their (often very high spec) oil being changed at 40-50,000 miles to ensure longevity.
I was in Houston with work not that long ago and the yank tank hire car had a four speed auto gearbox, it was horrendous. I couldn't believe a modern car would have something so awful fitted....In the old days back when they only had 4 forward gears they were numb and dumb but modern ones all have at least 6 or even 8. Throw in an ultra smooth V6 (or bigger) and it's a joy.
Can you get the active in an auto spec? That would be ideal for me but often have to go for a higher spec than needed to get the auto.I was always a HiLux doubter but recently had a 2.4 for getting about, only a single cab but I've been so impressed with the Active spec. It's got A/C and a bluetooth radio so what more can you ask for from a work truck?
Took 5x roughly 500kgs weanlings away 30 miles on Monday and the power button makes one hell of a difference, like a different truck when pressed, not my D4 but you know what I mean.
+1 for a new HiLux and I can only imagine the 2.8 must be a beast... AUTO all the way though
I thought automatics all have torque converters but I was wrong
Some have dry clutches which are more responsive