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Thursday, February 14th 2013, 10:11pm

Fortuner reviews

Hi Members, Based on our online research there is a lot of people looking for Fortuner reviews. I thought it would be good to start a thread on what members thought about the Fortuner in a none bias review if that is at all possible :hmm: . Let me start!!! I drove a 2000 hilux 2.7 4x4 RSX. I drove this vehicle for 7 years. The time came to either upgrade or to get something different. I am a Toyota man so moving from this brand was not a option. I looked at 2.5 D4D hilux 4x4 which a mate was looking to sell. Upgrading my hilux was a serious option and a diesel was also something that I was looking for after doing my time with petrol engines. I then looked at a few Fortuners and after driving one was hooked. I have done several trips into Namibia and Botswana with my hilux with roof tent and engel fridge in the back. As much as I enjoyed the trips I also spend a lot of time driving normal roads so I needed something for both road and off road. So how do I rate the Fortuner based on my preview experience
  1. Comfort in terms of SUV 4x4 traveling around town 9/10
  2. 4x4 has been limited but I have driven through the dunes in Kgalagadi not even needing the 4x4. Limited experience but 7/10 if I think about vehicles such as a land cruiser
  3. Interior in term of practicality is great. It is minimal but has what it needs in terms of space. It has 2 lighter plugs in the front and one in the rear for a fridge etc. Its hazard switch is located on the same level as the gear leveler etc etc. Things are well thought out in term of the interior. 8/10
  4. Exterior is built for the city and can be improved on in terms of 4x4 upgrades. Suspension is the same and adding a bit of a lift will definitely go a long way. 7/10
  5. Important for me was being able to fix things on the road if needed. I have been stuck in the roughest places and pulling out a computer diagnostics is not something that I want to worry about. Things look simple enough to access all round. 9/10
  6. Power is great for a diesel engine. If you need to overtake it is not a problem 9/10
I am sure we can add to this but overall I am so happy with this vehicle. I have a 2006 model D4D and have owned mine for 6 months now. I hope to learn a lot more about this vehicle and from other members. I look forward to hearing from others and we can hopefully give some great info to those looking to buy a Fortuner. Go Fortuner and value for money 10/10 :thumbsup:

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Friday, February 15th 2013, 9:57am

Great idea!

I drove mostly Toyotas but made the mistake of switching to Volvos a number of years ago. ;( After managing to trade the Volvo for life in on a Hilux, I have never looked back. Man, I loved that bakkie.

When I needed a 4X4, the Fortuner was the natural choice as I needed to be able to carry more passengers.

What do I love about it:
- Great diesel engine
- Looks
- Versatility, build quality, space
- Off-road ability - this car never ceases to amase me (and others)
- Resale value - not that anyone is ever going to pry it away from me. :nono:

What did I want to improve:
- Suspension. Not bad but slightly harsh and jittery. Mikem upgrade more than fixed that.
- Weak front bumper. Does not enjoy off-road scrapes. Solution, fit proper steele bumper.
- Running boards protect the car but look awfull (especially when you abuse them). Rock sliders probably the best aftermarket investement I made.
- Standard Bridgestone tyres. Numerous punctures, all 4 oval at 60 000km and very poor grip. BFG ATs much better (even in wet).
- 2010 Standard rims. I am not fond of the look and they scratch very easily. Still need the budget do do something about this

What don't I like:
Radio. Not the best quality but then you are supposed to listen to nature.
My wife always borrowing it.
And that's about it!

I have experienced some chirping of the clutch and a slight gearbox hum. After a new pressure plate and a gearbox overhaul under warranty (not sure if that was necessary but who's complaining) all is well.

The car is nearly off warranty but I now have it just the way I want it and I am sure I will have many more years of trouble free motoring. :thumbsup:

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Friday, February 15th 2013, 5:21pm

@ FF101 I'm with you on this one its the best all rounder money can buy.
-Very good in all aspects of a every day car and more than capeble off road.
-Fuel consumption for a "big" SUV, I dont think you can complain about +/- 10km/l (D4D)
-and must I say good looking too. :thumbup:

@ Al and that is why I dont let my wife use my Fortuner.(she might want to keep it)


Just love my Fortuner!!! :D
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Tuesday, February 19th 2013, 11:04am

I agree as well.

2006 D4D 4x4 with 208 000 km, owned mine for 10 months now.

Havent done any serious 4x4ing but the little bit I did do . . . wow!! Its impressive on road as well as off road and handles well.
Consumption is good for a permanent 4x4 SUV that tip the scales at nearly 2 tons - 10.3l/100km ave.
Enough space and a good looking vehicle
It's the best all rounder out there.

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Thursday, July 4th 2013, 2:52pm

I am sure it can, I sometimes plug my fridge in there if my portable battery is not in the car, I just fitted an extra fuse for in case

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Thursday, July 4th 2013, 3:14pm

Sorry, posted in wrong post:rolleyes:

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Thursday, July 4th 2013, 7:12pm

Have a look!

http://youtu.be/3eGC4sbXDVc
:beer: WHY???? BECAUSE I CAN!!!! :beer:

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Sunday, July 7th 2013, 8:07pm

I bought my Tuna as a 4x4 after I saw what the car was capable of, watching others on various 4x4 trips and events; I was using my Colt Rodeo 3000 then. I haven't been disappointed on that score... I think the Tuna is probably a better off-road vehicle than I am a driver.
What has impressed me just as much, however, is what a great long-distance cruiser the Tuna is. On the open road the car is comfortable, a pleasure to drive (speed control, light steering, responsive engine!) and driver fatigue is minimal. The versatility of the seating layout is tops.
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Sunday, July 7th 2013, 8:37pm

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I bought my Tuna as a 4x4 after I saw what the car was capable of, watching others on various 4x4 trips and events; I was using my Colt Rodeo 3000 then. I haven't been disappointed on that score... I think the Tuna is probably a better off-road vehicle than I am a driver.
What has impressed me just as much, however, is what a great long-distance cruiser the Tuna is. On the open road the car is comfortable, a pleasure to drive (speed control, light steering, responsive engine!) and driver fatigue is minimal. The versatility of the seating layout is tops.



Best all rounder vehicle!!

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Thursday, July 25th 2013, 11:08am

Hey boys,

My Fortuner is 6 weeks old.
3000 kilos on the clock, I have the 2013 2.5 D4D 4x2.

I have never owned a Toyota, my previous cars were Volkswagen and Audi respectively.

I have to say, this vehicle keeps on impressing me, it is so practical and well designed, easy to drive and gives good mileage for its size and weight.
Like Simo said, long distance travelling is great! i drove 8 hrs straight the first week i had the car and i was very happy with the way i felt when i was at my destination.

The car has also grown quieter as the kilos started piling on (sounded like a real bakkie when i got it), it sounds much more refined now and i'm sure it will continue to grow quieter as i go along.

Great Family car!!!

Loving my Fortuner. Love the look, love the stance!

Happy trails!

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Thursday, July 25th 2013, 6:49pm

Welcome Vincent, I am sure the FT will even impress you more everyday

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Friday, July 26th 2013, 1:11pm

How do you write a review when everything has been said....and said again...
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I bought my Fortuner (3.0 d4d 4x4) last year for myself as a 41st Birthday Gift and i have put on 46,000 happy km's with no hassles. My only complaint is the entertainment system sometimes "hang" on me and none of the controls work. I have to pull over, turn the ignition of and wait a minute or 2 before i restart :minigun: .
We have been into Lesotho, several trips to Waterberge and several to the coast. Had to unfortunately cancel our trip to Moz as my girlfriend is expecting and we dont want to take a chance with malaria......I love this car.....
:love:
I did basic training through McCarthy 4x4 and was amazed of what the car can do and i love showing off.
I wil be competing in the AAWDC Interclub fun day in August and is aiming high...
:hail:
I have no modifications bar some BF Goodrich All Terrain's.
I have a decent set of "gear" in a 360 degrees Travel Duffel bag, axe, spade, compressor, first aid kit, snatch strap etc. Have mounted the fire extinguisher and maglite in the back for easy access...
Oh yes, i am new to Fortuner 4x4 fans member..
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Sunday, November 10th 2013, 12:11am

Fuel Consumption on 2013 2.5 D4D 4x2

Hi,
Can anyone tell me the average Fuel Consumption on 2013 2.5 D4D 4x2

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Sunday, November 10th 2013, 11:30pm

Feul consumption 2.5 D4D 4x2 manual

Open road at ±120 km/h 11,3 km/l. Town driving ±10,2 km/l. Due for first service - 10 000 km

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Monday, November 11th 2013, 7:30am

Thats good fuel consumption

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Tuesday, November 12th 2013, 8:27am

My average for the 7185 km since the end of June is 9.6 l/100km or 10.4 km/l. The best was 7.0l/100km (14.3km/l)in Kruger.

What do I like about my new Fortuna:
Fuel consumption.
Lugage space when the third row of reats are removed.
Good off road ability for a 4x2 and diff lock. Great ground clearance and tyre size.
Build quality.
Dealer network.

What I would like to have:
Steering wheel adjustable for reach.
Soft touch steering wheel like the 3.0 l.

What I don't like:
Dirt road handling. Very skittish on corrugations when lightly loaded even with 2 bar pressure. I think I need to reduce the pressure even lower.
10K service intervals. I am planning a trip to Namibia in March 14 and already have 7500km on the clock so will have to restrict my milage so that I can have the first service done just before I leave.

A Great Car!

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Tuesday, November 12th 2013, 12:24pm

Hi Erno

I agree 100%

Only thing I dont like on my Fortuner is the 10000km service intervals as my offroad handling is great!! Speak to a few guys here on the forum that already fitted my suspension - you will transform your Fortuner's handling with a set of upgrade shocks!
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Friday, March 28th 2014, 3:17pm

All has been said, and more. I can only add that I was quite happy with all else my 3.0D-4D 4x4 Fortuner (2008/116000Km) could do. However, happy was not enough and since I do not do 4x4 per say, apart from sand driving once in a blue moon, and since we love camping and towing a big caravan or boat, I could never make piece with the crappy suspension behavior under these circumstances. I have sold the Tuna and converted back to an X5 - sheer driving / towing pleasure!!

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Saturday, March 29th 2014, 4:33pm

I must admit, I love my FT!
It goes any where without problems.
After 255 000km, I opt to drive my Auris a bit more and save the FT for holidays and long trips.
This was a hell of a ajustment, suddenly I see and feel obstacles on every road, dodging pothole, and not being so visable, but it all boils down to better fuel consuption.
FT 10km/l vs. Auris 16km/l, driving 4000 to 4500 km per month, it is a big saving!
I mis the old beast, but when I get behind the wheel, it is sheer driving pleasure!!!!


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Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 9:03am

Help please.

Hi all.

I need advice between the furtuner 2.5 d 4x4 and the 3 d4d 4x4. I heard when towing the 2.5 strugles, we dont have children at this stage but its in the 1 year plan. Please give me your advice.

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