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So many things to like!
This is a daily long distance and general work horse, the tech features work really well, and the ride is comfortable! My only issue… where are the 12v acc holes!?? I see one, that’s it?
Previously I was driving a Navara STX, it had more holes than a lace curtain, but this one, someone forgot that we live in an interconnected world with everything from microwaves to fridges plus Extras, yet still only one hole to plug into, sure I can buy more, but with 3 glovebox type compartments and a centre console, there is only one 12 v socket. You may...see that this bothers me, cause well, it does haha! But.. moving on, the rest of the LS-u is quite frankly amazing, easy to drive, very light in the steering with a fantastic turning circle compared to its rivals (that I have driven) Well equipped dash cluster (except for the missing 12v sockets) 2 standard USB connections, one for the android auto or IPhone if not using wireless. I would like to see the speed limiter (Isuzu calls Smart) to be actually smart. I’d rather it change on a speed sign than need me to tell it that the speed sign is real, but maybe I misunderstand the term smart? Space is very good, plenty of room, the 6foot son said the back seat was so comfy he could sleep in it on a long drive, front seats are very comfortable yet supporting.
Purchased in June 2021.
Cracked inner guard. Twice in 12 months
Bought new in April 2017. Wanted a premium-ish interior, mods and accessories so Hilux was out of my price range. Was happy with everything for a while and was sold on its engine reliability. It may be the case but there are plenty of other problems which make this car unsuitable for long term ownership. I’ve done 115,000km now and get it serviced religiously every 10,000km including oil and filter. (Oil and filter every 20,000km according to driving manual.)
Here’s what’s failed in 4 years in chronological order.
8 inch head unit button kept f...
Purchased in April 2017.
Best ute I have ever owned
I purchased a 2009 SX manual 2wd trayback in August 2009.
It's now 2021. I have done 130,000kms
I am on the original brakes and clutch.
The only things I have fixed was a new battery at 80,000kms and replaced a leaking front shock absorber at 110,000kms
I put Maxxis UE168 tyres on at week 2...& after 130,000kms they are still in the car.
Consistently gets 7.5l / 100km...I change oil, filter and fuel filter at 7,500 religiously. I have no complaints whatsoever. After reading about the problems with the new ones I think I will keep mine for another 130,000kms
Purchased in August 2009 for $26,308.00.
Quite disappointing for a 2016 vehicle.
Purchased a '16 lsu s/h in 2018 and drove 1000km home, almost couldn't walk (stopped for short sleep on way), the seat comfort, or should I say lack of comfort is unbelievable - I can compare directly to my other 2 vehicles, both of which were built in the '80's, a hilux and a volvo respectively. and they are way ahead.
The suspension doesn't help either, and, yes I am familiar with how utes should ride having owned a 4x4 hilux with heavy suspension for almost 30 years - when I can afford it I will be replacing the entire suspension - but with ...
Purchased in June 2018 at Isuzu Mebourne for $40,000.00.
Twin cab with canopy 2014 4wd auto SX
Bought for 27000 at about 130000kms done a couple of years ago.About 13000 cheaper than GX diesel Prado. 5spd auto 3 litre turbo diesel.Isuzu canopy .Rated 3500kgs towing but will have 1.2 tonne camper trailer Honestly use 9,2 litres per 100.I’d say between 800 to 900km range on 76 litre tank ( not towing).Very happy with it
Purchased in January 2019 for $27,000.00.
Test drive first
Company purchased new 2020 release single cab automatic in November.
I drive from Coffs to grafton daily on now completed dual highway. Driver assist can be good in this instance, particularly the ability to auto sit a set distance behind the vehicle ahead.
On normal country roads a different story. Narrower roads where you want to sit closer to the centre is white line, it is a constant battle, fighting the steering wheel where it want to go. Twice on sunny clear days it has shown on heads up display to brake and disabled cruise control sudde...
Purchased in November 2020.
Steering fails at 50 kph !
I purchased my brand new Isuzu Dmax on 16th October 2020.
On the 2nd December 2020, I was driving at 50 kph, when the electric steering failed, and I veered, out of control, onto the wrong side of the road. Extremely dangerous.
The response offered by Isuzu was appalling (with the exception of Dan, the excellent Service Manager at Taree Isuzu).
So my summary is that the Dmax is a good vehicle, let down by disgusting service.
Purchased in October 2020 for $50,000.00.
Now they tell me ......Isuzu big trouble .....
Well this looks like trouble !!! First springs rear broken well its going to be the Ute to bet the rest tops at towing will out run Toyota big fail ...... Now Turbo out it goes and only 13000Klms and 4 mths old well what will be next maybe a trade-in to a real ute at Hi Lux ... should of listened
Purchased in June 2020 at Mornington .
Wow. What a ute.
Just bought my first max. 2015 ls-u high ride 60000km.
Still looks like new inside and out. 3 lt turbo desiel drives great.
Used for work daily and towing motorbikes on the weekend.
Purchased in October 2020 at Genesis isuzu for $29,000.00.
What a lemon
I took a new D'max for a test run and what a piece of rubbish. the manual gearbox is still faulty as it crunches when going from first to second and second to third when cold. This is a problem with the previous models and Isuzu refuse to fix it. Also the consul between the seats is too high and my elbow hits it when trying to go around a corner. The suspension is still the same as previous models so therefore is unable to carry the stated load. Also the brakes are the same as previous so wont pull up the vehicle when fully loaded. Do not know how it received a 5 star safety rating. I suppose if you drive it MT and run into a concrete block then it may be ok but who does that.
Purchased in December 2018 for $50,000.00.
Faulty Bought 2 brand new Izuzu vehicles last year. D-Max and Mux. Mix all good. D-Max a freaking lemon! Was recalled for rear suspension. Dealership has stuffed me around constantly. My windows stopped working and they don't even have the parts to fix it. Car used 4l of oil between 1st and 2nd service and it has a rattle in engine bay that sounds like a bunch of loose bearings. After sale care non existent! Would not recommend Izuzu to anyone!! No after sale service.
Purchased in August 2019 for $50,500.00.
Isuzu D Max - DONT TRUST IT, what’s going wrong with it next?
Purchasing a new Isuzu D Max 4x4 was an aweful mistake!
I need a reliable car to travel to rural parts of NSW to complete Solar, Electrical and Plumbing works and also enjoy 4x4 Camping with kids.
When you invest in a brand new car you expect a lot more than this history.
36,000 km Turbo dies Travelling from Dubbo to Sydney
50,000 Km Aircon dies summer installing solar systems rural NSW trip 80,000 Km springs And suspension need to be replaced
120 000 Km Turbo Dies again.
Purchased in December 2017.
Hasnt let me down
Bought my 2011 Dmax second hand in 2013. Fuel economy is great. Never had any issues other than needing a new clutch after burning the original out on our driveway lugging trailer loads of pavers out in a trailer. Its now done 190,000km and hasnt let me down. Ive had loads of different trucks over the years and isuzu have been the most reliable ive found.
Purchased for $26.00.
Great truck apart from minor issues
Hi bought this in late 2017 to replace a Toyota Hilux I had owned for 10 years.
When I first test drove it I bought it. Suited me perfectly.
Only 2 issues one is important to me the other not so much.
1. The bluetooth connection to my phone is almost unusable, so I have a separate unit to make calls etc. This means I have an AUX cable to play music from my phone but that doesn't always work. It's a PITA.
2. Turn off the radio and the road noise is quite bad. This is a minor issue for me.
It's done 60ks with no issues. Great truck.
Purchased in September 2017 at Online for $35,000.00.
Tappet cover removal
Has anyone had trouble removing the tappet cover as mine is stuck and don’t want to force it. I have a 2010 Isuzu DMax 3 lt. Any recommendations for loosening it would be great don’t want to crack it.
Purchased in January 2010.
Questions & Answers
Is the 2016 Dmax a great 4x4
Bit too broad of a question sorry Gudge. Depends on what your comparing it with and what your using it for. The clearance isn’t great, the only traction aids off road are a terrible outdated traction control system. No rear limited slip differential or locking diffs. Reliable engine but probably the least torque (380Nm) of its class for the year. I’ve owned a 2017 (430Nm) since new, modified the hell out of it (diff locks, canopy etc) taken a lot of places including NSW, NT but mostly VIC high country and I wouldn’t go near Isuzu again. Poor build quality, average performance for premium price and disgusting customer service if anything goes pear shaped. Reliable engine though so they say
Thanks ill stay way
Hey everyone. I just tried to start my Dmax and nothing... I'd uses the central locking to get in fine. I check the battery and and it is full. 2 minutes later I started the car without issue, but everything has reset. It gets driven everyday with out issue. Any ideas what it might be?
Haven't had that issue - but every so often my central locking 'goes to lunch' then when it's ready all normal again - no fault codes, no idea.
Wondering what gear is best for towing a van
Hi Jane, for safe reliable towing under all reasonably foreseeable circumstances I would firstly upgrade the entire dmax suspension package - seek advice from reputable sources, secondly fit a quality electric brake controller such as a Redarc tow pro elite and don't forget tires, name brand with good load rating - if you haven't already ditched the standard crap round black things that somehow pass for tires do so before any serious towing.
A trailer/van mounted reversing camera is no longer a luxury either - quite affordable now and can be a great help.
And forget the so called legal tow capacity of 3.5 tonnes - too heavy.
I usually just use a tow bar
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|Transmission||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic and Manual||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||16" Steel||17" Alloy||16" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Doors||2 to 4||4||2 to 4||2 to 4|
|Seats||2 to 5||5||2 to 5||4 to 5|
|Fuel Consumption||7.7 L/100km||7.7 L/100km||7.9 L/100km||7.9 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||76 L||76 L||76 L||76 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel|
|Max Power||140kW @ 3600 rpm||140kW @ 3600 rpm||130kW @ 3600rpm||130kW @ 3600rpm|
|Max Torque||450Nm @ 1600-2600 rpm||450Nm @ 1600-2600 rpm||430Nm @ 2000-2200rpm||430Nm @ 2000-2200rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Tray Type||Cab Chassis and Pick Up||Pick Up||Cab Chassis and Pick Up||Pick Up|
|Cab Options||Dual, Extra and Single||Dual||Dual, Extra and Single||Dual and Extra|
|Maximum Payload||1,300 kg||1,040 kg||1,034 kg||1,029 kg|
|Ground Clearance||225 mm||235 mm||225 mm||235 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||6 year(s)||6 year(s)||6 year(s)||6 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||225 mm||235 mm||225 mm||235 mm|
|Release date||Feb 2017||Feb 2017||Feb 2017||Feb 2017|
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