How to choose your SFA when buying, few pointers

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Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:39 pm

It become to my attention that this is generally sometimes neclected, especially when buying these old Hiluxes. Their popular but still, a few pointers can help if you know what to look at.

You seldomly find a Bakkie with minor faults, but too many of them is not worth it.

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1. Look for rust, A-pillar near the front windscreen, the roof gutters, the floorpan of the body. These can be costly to repair. Fenders, doors, bonnets one can still repair.
2. Open the Bonnet, look if there is work done i.e repairs from an accident. Look under the body, look for any broken lines under the doorsills, if there is any it could been in accident.
3. Climb under the Bakkie, inspect the propshafts, press up and down near the universals, if any play have it fixed by the owner. Look at the centre bearing, feel the play, if it move more than 5mm it is not good.
4. Tyres, at least 10mm left on the thread.
5. Let the Seller jack up the the wheels one for one, rock it left to right up and down, if play is there it means wheel bearings, front if there is play up and down it will be king pin bearings.
6. Lock the hubs in front and drive to see if it engage 4x4 H and L.
7. Drive the Bakkie, not just around town, get it on the Highway where you can drive it about 100km/h. Any whinning, noises listen. Especially diff noises become evident at speed greater than 80km/h. You will hear it when you accellerate a whinning noise, when you lift the petrol pedal it goes softer.
8. Look behind you for smoke, this will help to see if the engine is not on its way out.
9. Get out when you park the Bakkie and open the bonnet again, look for oil leaks, petrol and water leaks. Climb under the bakkie again, check for leaks on the diff, gearbox.
10. Stand about 20m behind the Bakkie, check if the front and rear wheels are in line with each other.

I look further and lets go on with list...

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Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:48 pm

Excellent idea Louis....

11) Compare wear and tare on steering wheel, gearshift and seats with km's on the clock.
12) Listen and check for leaks on the exhaust system
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Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:23 pm

13. When driving, look if you could find a lekker up hill, stop and pull away, change gears. If the engine revs go up but it does not match acceleration the clutch need replacement. Especially with the ones you get that "the pedal is a bit hight"
14. Another not so serious, check under the engine at the engine mounts, if their broken you also notice it that the engine lean to one side. Have it repaired by seller.
15. How does it shift gears, grrrrtt in between, battle to change?

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16. Check Electrics, wipers, all lights and tooter work. Wiring in engine compartment neat.
17. Does the engine overheat, i.e temp guage above half. Check radiator, viscous fan.
18. Then the one, Conversions!!! Is it neat, is it successfull, where was it done, if diesel, does it have watertrap and filter!!! How long ago, does the engine no match what is on the lisence disk?
19. Another one to add to above, vehicle paperwork up to date, lisence up to date, no traffic fines outstanding?

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Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:19 pm

21. Is the tyre wear even.
22. Is the wear on the pedals corresponding to the vehicle mileage.
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Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:03 pm

23. Check the windscreen washer works
24. Check the lights work together (headlights+indicators for instance)
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Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:28 pm

25. Remember this is a +- 20 year old vehicle and won't be perfect.

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26. Check the two front legs (either side) of the chassis rails for welds, cracks or kinks ... can easily be seen from the wheel-wells.

27. Look at the gaps around body panels that they are not excessive and that they are even, especially bonnet and doors.

28. Look the bodywork over for signs of body filler/ panel-beating, as well as rust issues.
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29. Kyk vir brandewyn vlekke op die seats.

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Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:30 pm

just out of curiosity, are these all the problems your hilux's have? ha ha ha ha
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Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:08 am

Thanks for the pointers. Especially 29...haha. i am gonna save this checklist

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good pointers here :thumbup:

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Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:43 am

Sven wrote:just out of curiosity, are these all the problems your hilux's have? ha ha ha ha
Nope..... BUT... handy tips to know.. When I bought my Hilux 10 or so years a go, never knew any of that stuff, and only after having it a few years, it was pointed out to me that the bakkie had rolled in its lifetime and had some work done to repair it.... Hoppy showed me where the proof was. Never knew what to look at when I bought, previous owner/ or Toyota dealer where I tbought it, neglected to tell me (surprise!!!!!)... Dumb chick never knew what to look out for. Luckily for me the Hilux was repaired well and have had no problems with it, except for a new fuel pump or 2....
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Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:10 am

Mud Dog wrote:26.
28. Look the bodywork over for signs of body filler/ panel-beating, as well as rust issues.
Just a hint on panel beating. Check for over spraying on rubbers etc also check for tiny pin prick holes on vehicle body this indicates Patch work.....use a small magnet to see if it sticks.

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Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:11 pm

great tips thanks - going to be invaluable in finding my SFA

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Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:46 pm

Great idea for a thread thanks alot guys definitely going to be a big help when I start looking for an sfa when I get home :celebrate:
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Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:03 pm

There are a few really good one out there. Take your time and check them out carefully. :thumbup:

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30. If it is an inport model , make sure that the load bin is in good condition , especialy the tail gate. Been looking for a tail gate for almost two years now. I was lycky and got hold of a full door canopy.

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Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:56 am

Wow!! My Hilux SFA (381420km), compared to the buyers checklist, is mecnanically in perfect shape, body work 95% OK.

Should I sell? - - - - = NEVER!
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If you think about selling , give the forum members first choice. It will stil be a bad idea , but atleast.......

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Tue May 17, 2016 7:32 pm

Thanks, I found this very useful. Now I know what to look for

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