Wednesday 23rd January 2013
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Have you ever owned a Toyota Surf? Did you have to buy any replacement parts? If so, then we would love to hear about your experience of this vehicle. Let us know how the parts performed when fitted. Leave your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Toyota Surf Overview

The Toyota Surf is classed as a mid-sized off-road vehicle and is produced by the Japanese manufacturing company Toyota. This vehicle was in production from 1984 up until 2009 and was originally a Toyota Hilux with a fibreglass rear cover. This vehicle then became its own vehicle and is also marketed as the Toyota 4Runner in the US and Australia. The second generation Surf was briefly marketed as the 4Runner in the UK. These vehicles are great off-road vehicles but are not the most accomplished on-road vehicles. They are spacious inside and have some powerful engines available. Some versions are well equipped and they are fairly reliable. Does this sound anything like your experience of this vehicle?

Toyota Surf History

The first generation (1984-89) was a modification of the existing Toyota Hilux with the only differences being a removable fibreglass roof on the rear and no rear windows behind the drivers’ seat. In 1986 there was a major change to the suspension to make it more drivable on-road.

The second generation (1989-95) was still based on the Hilux but now had steel topped rear roof instead of the removable fibreglass one. The suspension was still a problem on these vehicles even though it had been greatly modified. A new range of engines was available. In 1992 there were minor changes made to the vehicle, mainly to the exterior.

The third generation (1995-2002) was now built on a new chassis and had a totally new body design. It was now closer associated to the Toyota Landcruiser and nothing to do with the Hilux. This made the vehicle larger and more spacious.

The fourth generation (2002-09) had a re-design with a new look but had similar aspects to the previous version. The Surf was discontinued in 2009.

Model Types


Fuel Economy

The Toyota Surf has been available in 2.0, 2.4, 2.7, 3.0, 3.4, 4.0 and 4.7L petrol and 2.4, 2.8 and 3.0L diesel engines depending on which version. The smaller diesel engines are the more economical, offering around 24mpg which is not that great. Which engine do you have and how does it perform in terms of fuel economy? Remember to think about the age, engine size and fuel economy when considering fuel economy for a motor vehicle.


The Toyota Surf is available in both manual and automatic gearboxes. Which gearbox do you have on your Surf and how do you rate its performance? You can visit our Toyota gearbox section to search for Surf gearbox parts at incredibly low prices.


We have Toyota Surf parts available here at Breakeryard. You can search through our comprehensive network of verified UK Breakers where you will find parts for all makes and models. There are two ways to begin your search: Enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the Surf parts page to locate those parts you need for your vehicle.