I’ve now had a 1996 Hilux Surf 3L Diesel SSRX for around 3 months now, has been great.
I towed my 5.2m boat up to the Sounds and back from Chch no worries, no overheating, no problems at all.
I sold my old Nissan Patrol that was petrol and the surf is way better by comparison, but the Patrol was really a guzzler. It was an awesome 4WD though better then the Surf and you could get anywhere in it, the guy who owned it before me had it lifted, bigger tyres and suspension etc etc. Was cool!