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 A$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 A$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 A$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 A$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.
3rd turbo in 73,000 kms
Purchased a dmax 2 years ago, done 73000 in that time. Currently getting it's 3rd turbo under warranty as the vane bushes cause the turbo vanes to flutter. Looses power at low speeds and hisses through exhaust.
It does a lot of driving with a trailer, 5 days is normal for turnaround from diagnosis to repair.
Questioned dealership and they ASSURE me that the new turbo is superseded with improved bushings?
My response, we'll see at 105000 kms.
Had the evaporator in the air conditioner done under warranty as the ac was not cold.
Dealer has be...
Dmax the great
I've just got my 3rd Dmax and just love it. We tow with it and just love going places. Haven't had any issues with any of em. Great for towing and good off road. Fully recommended Isuzu Dmax.
Purchased in August 2019 for A$34,000.00.
Tough and Reliable Ute
I have a 2013 Isuzu D-Max LSM - so it is about 6.5 years old. It has served me extremely well over the past few years and cannot fault it for the price. I have driven on long highway road trips, on the soft sand at the beach and offroad on dirt and gravel tracks - and never have I had an issue! The selling points for the D-Max would have to be the low price tag when compared to competitors and the reliable Isuzu motor.
During my time with the car, I have had 2 minor issues that have only kept me off the road for a couple of days:
1. One of th...
Improvement over the last model
Changed from a 2015 LS-T (RT-85) to a 2017 LS-U (RT-87). Both have been used to tow a 2000kg boat and they do most of the family trips these days as well.
As with the last model the ride improved significantly after the canopy & tow bar were added, just like the last one did I'm expecting it to settle a bit more once it has done a bit more towing and had the tray loaded a few times. The new model is much freer to rev, quieter and smoother than my old one, the old one did get quieter over time and lost the harshness but was always a little no...isy and never revved as freely as this one has done from new. Never had any reliability issues hence sticking with Isuzu. The auto transmission is a mixed bag in the new model. On the plus side it is very smooth under load and it makes for a quieter ride with the lower revs. On the downside the 4th - 5th gear spread of the new 6 speed auto is greater than the 4th - 5th spread in the old 5 speed auto, 6th gear is too high in most situations unless you are driving fast on flat roads. When towing around 90-100km/hr the torque converter rarely locks up and it seems to operate like a CVT if left in full auto - doing anything it can to get in to 6th - even to the extent 6th in auto mode will rev higher than manually selected 5th gear in the sequential mode. Now using the sequential mode when towing & hold it in 5th, mostly locks up the torque converter and the wider torque band of the new engine compensates so it holds 5th slightly better than the old model when towing, (although any incline will usually require 4th). Overall been happy with both D-Maxs, cheap to own, reliable and they do the job.
Poor gearbox and ilders high
From picking up from the dealership the gearbox clunks into 2nd and 3rd gear and down change back to 1st,The warranty is a waste of time,It ilders up to high and when slowing down with your foot off the accelerator it will take off by itself and may cause a accident
Purchased in January 2020 for A$36,000.00.
SO HAPPY TO OWN TWO OF THEM
One for work and one for family transport...
no big issues but on the next service I will get checked gear shifting as it sometime holding in lower gear and higher rpm longer on my LS M , on my SX is perfect no matter if the aircon is on.
Purchased in June 2018.
- D-MAX RC.II 4x4 SX (2017-2020)
- Verified purchase
Good but could be better with very little effort from Isusu
This truck is fully loaded all the time as it has a service body.
Problems specific with this truck are :
1/ Drive by wire throttle has way too much "DELAY OF THE MARK"
2/ Gearing is too tall making 6 gear useless under 110ks... I have to select hold in 5th to stop it hunting.
3/ Little Red display in the middle of the dash is unreadable for any person with over 50s vision.
Apart from the stuff above its great an I trust it to go forever.
The Auto Expert guy on YouTube recons the D-max is like a 10 year old Colorado and that upset me until I realized that he is correct, because I have a 10 year old Colorado and its is bullet proof, so we bought another one.
Purchased in January 2019 at melton isusu.
Won't be coming back
Had my vehicle serviced at a dealer and they told me I had an oil leak on transfer case, I tried to book in to nearest Isuzu dealer but they are always booked at least 3 weeks in advance. By the time I got into them I had just ticked over the 130000 klm mark, in short they would not honour the warranty to replace even though it was inside the period when the leak was picked up. I also had issues with the sat nav and the music headset stopping and losing the controls on the steering wheel, I had to send the card away for repair and it has been ...playing up ever since, tried replacing the controls on the steering wheel at my local dealer but with no success. I am told that they will not cover it under warranty and would be at my cost. I also found out that this particular model was giving problems all the time which is why they changed it in the newer model. After being a 4 time Isuzu owner I am VERY disappointed with the lack of care that Isuzu Australia have shown towards LOYAL customers. I am due for turnover of car towards the end of February but after this treatment I can not see myself continuing to be part of the Isuzu family, To Isuzu it might seem very trivial but to the run of the mill day to day hard worker that pays good money for your product it means the world to them when shown some compassion.
Purchased in February 2015 for A$54,000.00.
2017 X Runner Worst purchase I’ve made .
Loss of breaks on daily basis
Alternator over current
Reverse sensor controller falls off
Intercooler pipes left off
Multiple rattles in cab
Troubles engaging 4X4
Rear diff wind up
Can’t put left leg straight
Can’t sit straight
Drivers seat collapsed ...
Purchased in April 2017 for A$65,000.00.
Tweed Heads Isuzu
I hate having to do this but here goes..... I took my Dmax in for its first service. 15000km. $350. Tweed Isuzu had it for 2 hrs. During the service they called me and said that there was unusual wear on the inside of the front right tyre and it needed to be rotated and balanced $50. I declined and told them I have a Brother in the tyre business and I'll get him to look at it. He's also a mechanic. That night I went to see him and we put the vehicle on the hoist to check the tyres and there was nothing wrong. We then noticed that the sump plug ...has never been removed and the oil filter hadn't been changed. We checked the oil and it hadn't been changed either. Very disappointing. I now have to contact Fair Trading NSW to see where I stand. Tweed Isuzu is also owned by Lismore, Ballina and Gold Coast Isuzu, The Frizelle Group. I can't contact anyone til Monday. I love the vehicle but it appears I bought it from a very disreputable company. Update: Isuzu Tweed contacted and I spoke to the Service Manager Bart. I told him what had happened and asked him to enquire and call me back with a thought out response. He said he trusted their head mechanic who assured him it was serviced correctly. I emailed him the photos I had taken of the dirty oil, unchanged original oil filter & untouched sump plug and he agreed that the mechanic had lied. He asked if he could have the vehicle back and it would be done properly. I agreed and did the 120km and half a day loss of work, it appears that the service was done correctly. I asked for the amended service records which I was told would be emailed to me the next day. As expected that hasnt happened. It is my opinion that the margins are so small for Dealers that the way they make money is on servicing, the way they increase that profit margin is to cut as many corners as possible, if the vehicle fails they do the repair and make money off the manufacturer warranty. The lesson learned is NOT TO USE DEALERS FOR SERVICING, especially the Frizelle Group. I hope this review helps you.
If you want a pretty ute at the sacrifice of reliability, don't buy a DMAX.
Bought my ute brand new in Jan 2019 after driving one for work for a few years and can't fault them!
If you're buying a Dual Cab 4x4 and your decision is influenced by its interior looks, you clearly haven't done your research!
Purchased in January 2019.
Very unhappy with the clutch
We purchased a Dmax LS-M manual new in October 2019. Almost the first thing I noticed was that I was having to push the clutch pedal to the floor to get a reliable gear change. Took it back to the dealer for review and was told "they are all like that". As it turns out the clutch is hydraulic and supposedly self adjusting. It cannot be adjusted manually. I find pushing the pedal to the floor very wearing. I am hoping that somewhere along the line I find a solution in Google.
Also we live and work on a farm. Our surrounding roads are all dirt...and vary in condition from fair to dreadful. The LS-M has heavier rear suspension and is very uncomfortable on poor roads. It would no doubt improve with a good load in the back but 99% of our driving is with loads less the 100kg and mostly less than 20kg. If we end up keeping it I will need to do something about the rear suspension. At only 400kms I am not aware of anything it does particularly well but the engine does seem good to me. I have seen other reviews complaining about noise levels but coming from a Navara D22 it seems very quiet to us. All in all I think this purchase was a mistake for us given our circumstances.
Purchased in October 2019.
2017 Isuzu dmax
Vehicle is used mostly for highway driving and towing a boat. Overall I am very happy with my purchase. Truck engine so it is loud in the cabin, Bluetooth doesn't work very well. Fuel economy with mixture of highway local driving 850km to the tank. If you are looking for a reliable ute I recommend the dmax. Interior is cheap however it's not family vehicle. If you want pretty plastic I suggest you buy something else. If you want a work horse then it's a easy choice good old dmax
Isuzu d max
My husband bought an Isuzu d max in 2013.
What a Ute. We use it for work and play.
We tow our 14ft Caravan with ease. A very comfortable 4wd to travel in.
Purchased in March 2013 at Hyundi gympie.
Questions & Answers
can i get a roobar to suit my 2017 sx 4x2 low ride single cab ute
How many owners tow a 3 tonne van with theirs.
I’m not interested in figures on paper, they all sound impressive but l’d just like to know how well these things will haul a heavy van up a hill, they’ll all pull on one the flat stuff.
How many owners tow a van with theirs. Everybody makes theirs sound good on paper but heading up a hill with a load on is the only way to find out how good they really are and you can’t do this in a test drive at the dealers.
I tow a van with mine. I was not overly impressed with its capacity until the turbo was changed, it now tows a lot better and fuel economy is pretty fair. only issues I have is the springs are weak as water and the manual gearbox is crap (3 gearboxes in 20k and still no good) Dealers are a mob of blatant Liars as I asked about the springs and the girl at the counter said I have an aftermarket canopy which is overloading the springs. the canopy weighs 200kg and the carrying capacity of the vehicle is 850kg so I should be able to put 4 canopies on the back and not be overloaded. To top it off she did all this by sitting at her desk and peering out the window, she didn't need to weigh it as she was able to calculate this all by eye. (very clever). By the way Isuzu do not make canopies. They will tell you any crap to avoid warranty. With the gearbox according to the so called Rep from Isuzu, I have to count bananas between gear changes which causes real problems when taking off up a hill with the van on. Would not recommend Isuzu to anyone.
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