A MECHANIC with 55 years’ experience has warned the worst Toyota cars could cost motorists thousands.
Scotty Kilmer shared the advice on his popular YouTube channel, identifying which engines he thought were more likely to fail or need repairing.
He urged his 5.9 million subscribers to beware of opting for modern Toyota models with turbocharged engines.
These usually rely on having more additional hardware, which can go wrong.
He warned, “Extra parts mean, in the long run, extra parts that need to be repaired.”
In his new 11-minute video, he first listed some of the best Toyota cars you can buy.
But he continued: “Now I want to tell you about the worst Toyotas I’ve ever seen, but instead of a specific model, I’m talking categorically about the latest turbocharged Toyotas.”
“Think of Toyotas like the 2023 Highlander or the 2023 GR Corolla.
“The thing is, the idea of turbocharged Toyotas sounds cool, but it’s actually a different story.”
“In general, cars with small turbocharged engines fail faster than cars with naturally aspirated engines.”
And he went on to say that this is “far from the only problem with turbocharged engines,” which he says “consists of many more parts than a naturally aspirated engine.”
Scotty not only listed the turbocharger itself and “an internal cooler, which is basically a small radiator,” but also “all the other additional parts and hardware associated with those two components.”
He told of people reporting issues with the redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup, which features a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 instead of the previous V8.
He added: “In order to replace all these parts at the back of the engine, you have to disassemble most of the truck.”
“This brings me to my second point: Turbocharged engines can be very difficult to machine and because the work can be intense, it means higher costs for you as well.”
“All the extra heat and pressure on a turbocharged engine shortens its lifespan.”
He also explained that turbocharged engines can be “touchy and temperamental” — especially “on short trips or in extremely cold temperatures.”
He added, “If you just drive a few miles to the grocery store and then park the car, your turbocharged engine doesn’t have enough time to warm up.”
But he’s long been a fan of many Toyotas, and said last month, “Toyotas can run practically forever if you take care of them.”
His new Toyota clip has received almost 3,000 “likes” on YouTube and triggered more than 300 comments.
Toyota conducted a global recall on its first all-electric vehicle in June last year after experiencing a problem with its wheels.
Other advice he has shared in his latest videos is highlighting a common and costly mistake motorists often make when their gas tank is low.
He has also recommended buying five cars for less than £4,000 each – including Toyota Corollas and Camrys, as well as Honda Accords and Civics.
And he urged motorists to thoroughly inspect a key component of their car’s engine to avoid paying hundreds of pounds for a new engine.
Another man recently shared how he bought a used Toyota Corolla on Gumtree and then managed to double his money when he resold it.