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Isuzu D-MAX RA (2008-2012)

Isuzu D-MAX RA (2008-2012)

3.4 from 17 reviews

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jenandcol

jenandcolvic, 3463

  • 3 reviews

d max

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hi, the isuzu d max 2016 model it is tuff and rough not a family 4x2 or 4x4. i tow for living 5000 km a week ,i did 250000 km before i got some very bad fuel and the motor went bang. one thing that i learnt about dmax push them hard ,change oil/ filter at 15000 k ,auto 30000k diff 30000k

BadgeSX High Ride
Bodyspace cab
CabSpace Cab
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedMar 2017

Gary

Gary

  • 12 reviews
  • 1 like

Verry happy

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I was advised by a few mecanics that the dmax was the best for the price a verry robust and economic diesel iv kept mine well servised and iv had no problems with it at all i get verry good econamy and the extra large tray gives as mutch space as a larger 4x4 the rear springs seam low but that is for ease of loading lifting fence post ect saves liftling so high and the springs take a lot of load and still ride well and handlewell but a rear lift looks better and gives better of road clearance verry practical ute

BadgeSX Farm Mate
BodyCab Chassis
CabSingle Cab
TransmissionManual
Date PurchasedMay 2014
Drive4WD
Mal R.

Mal R.Adelaide

Who invented this self locking idiocy?

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Nearly as good as a HiLux. The key is an absolute pain. The car self locks if I stop to, say, answer a phone call or look at a view. Don't put the key in your pocket or put it on the key rack, it will lock!! A pain. Is there any way to disable this auto lock activity?
Hardest ride of any 4WD that I've ever ridden in. Consumption goes through the roof if you tow anything.
But in 8 years I've not had any major mechanical costs, other than grill trim falling off.

BadgeLS-U
BodyUte
CabDual Cab
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedJan 2010
Drive4WD

Blown engine

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I have just ticked over 102,000 k's. Turbo let go shrapnel right through engine, even took out tops of the glow plugs. Costs to date $14,000 and I haven't paid for labour yet. Not happy Alice.
Had to replace engine driven fuel pump, injectors, turbo, water pump, glow plugs and the engine with a long engine not to mention glow plugs. This is my first Isuzu experience and well, what would you think?. The vehicle has been serviced every 10,000 km's.
I am 70 yrs old and use the vehicle for towing 5 mt boat plus general use. Seven years of use only.

BadgeSX
BodyCab Chassis
CabDual Cab
TransmissionManual
Date PurchasedJan 2010
Drive4WD

Doug Riley

Doug Riley

  • 3 reviews

great ute, great service from dealer

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best towing vehicle I have ever owned ultra reliable;good on and off road fuel costs low , good auto, 12.5 LP100 loaded, 8.1LP100 mt the Dandenong dealer pattersons cant help enough servicing costs are reasonable appointments in cab good handling great finish fuel range extended with long ranger tank once you own one you wont part with it a very happy customer!

BadgeLS-U High Ride
BodyUte
CabDual Cab
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedMay 2010

Halvorsen

Halvorsen

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

BEST MODEL THEY MADE!

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Bought from new, fitted Work and Leisure canopy..
Fantastic diesel, tough gearbox.
No nonsense very reliable multi purpose vehicle...search Google for reviews and reports of problems in THIS model...there are very very few. Most owners dont sell them for new ones.

No problems at all with any of the problems reported here but imho seats let it down, with no height control or extendable steering column.
Many thousands sold without any problems...a 'salt of the Earth' type of 4wd 'MPV'
Better fuel consumption than current 2.3 L / 2.4 L engines
One of the best looking dc utes ever made and 4wd magazine 4WD of the Year in 2009

BadgeLS
BodyDUAL CAB
CabDual Cab
TransmissionManual
Drive4WD

macka17

macka17Yeppoon QLD

  • 6 reviews
  • 2 likes

Ideal universal transport for the average male.(or active female)

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BadgeSX High Ride
BodyUte
CabDual Cab
TransmissionAutomatic
Drive4WD

peter allott

peter allottTorbanlea

  • 3 reviews
  • 1 like

Love it but some aspects a worry

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Have a December 2011 Isuzu D-Max crew cab and have found it extremely comfortable and great to drive. It is a manual and has just clicked over 40000 kms. Had twice complained about fuel consumption (10 to 12 ltrs per 100 kms) but now 7.9 to 8 kms, happy with that!! Not happy when told at 40000 km service when told that tappets had to be adjusted! $800 to $1000 dollars! Go away I said. One of the best vehicles I have ever driven as far as braking concerned and very comfortable. Have done Sydney to Hervey Bat 1200 plus kms and no sore back!
Great brakes,comfort and easy to drive
40000 km service very expensive

BadgeLS
CabCrew Cab
TransmissionManual
JBJARROD

JBJARRODSydney

  • 16 reviews
  • 39 likes

Great Reliable Vehicle, Excellent Fuel Economy, Excellent Aftermarket Mods Available

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TransmissionManual
BadgeLimited Edition III
CabDual Cab
Drive4WD
cath

cathdenman

  • 10 reviews
  • 3 likes

Reliable for the first 100,000

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This has been a work ute, family vehicle. Completed the telegraph track and the cape with ease towing our camper 7000 kms. The door seals are disappointing as they do let in a fair bit of water and the clutch has just started to give us a little grief. A fan of the Isuzu engine and would consider buying another when due to update.

BadgeLS
CabDual Cab
TransmissionManual
Drive4WD

D-MAX 2010 39000 klms

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1. After first two weeks, drivers side window dropped off its supports and down into door cavity. Two trips to Pacific Motors Maroochydore to fix, now passenger side is "Clicking".
2. Aircon fan control has only got 1 speed and thats full blast.
3. Plastic Chrome radiator Grill is so thin they snap at the ends in Auto car wash from jet spray.
4. Hydraulic Clutch has no more free play and cannot be adjusted,and is starting to slip ,oh yes and 27000 klms on new tyres.
5. Water leaks in through Firewall after washing.

It's fair to say I like the Isuzu to drive, but it's also fair to say that a vehicle with this price tag and such low klms with no offroad use is a poor example of quality.


Best ute ever owned

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2010 2wd now done 145,000km. This ute has not been touched since new. Service it myself 5W30 full synthetic oil, roil platinum metal conditioner, new air and fuel filters every 20,000km. This ute is still brand new. Carry camper on back. Still giving 8L/100 on highway, 6.5L around town.
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Glenn

Glenn

  • 2 reviews
  • 7 likes

Worst car I have ever owned 2010 ls-m

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TransmissionManual
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Hilux is much better

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We have a 2008 D-Max and a 2004 Toyota Hilux and even an older Hilux is better than the D-Max. The D-Max has had about 15 breakdowns on the road from engine failures. Yet the Hilux has towed a camper around Australia and off road and not 1 problem has occurred and it's done more than 250km.The seats are very uncomfortable and the steering has a lot of play in it. it's features are not good and I hate the styling. It needs much harder springs in the back if you want to carry anything and it needs more ground clearance in new vehicle. The Hilux is much more capable off road than the D-Max by fare. So i would highly recommend everyone to stay away from the D-Max.

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tommyboy
tommyboy

Can you be a bit more specific about the engine failures you have had, I am considering buying a dmax and have read a lot of other reviews and all seem very positive except for yours.

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Decoy
Decoy

if you hate the styling, why did you buy it? seems sus..

STEPHEN

STEPHENbarossa

Fuel Consumption Poor

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2010 D-Max LSU thought I purchased a family car with nothing to spend. Very wrong besides the 13L per 100K and that's just with me in it, they say 9.5L what [censored word removed]. Then I tried putting a medium load in the back thanks to the [censored word removed] up suspension it came home on its bump stops. Ute has only done 51000km and now needs $2000.
Suspension up grade and possibly air bags for towing boat's or van's. One more thing the speedo is out by at least 5%. Thanks to other people giving [censored word removed] reviews I have a nice white ute that loves diesel and super great suspension???

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JBJARROD
JBJARROD
FNQ Peter G
FNQ Peter G
DCM4805
DCM4805

Thanks for your reviews. FNQ Peter G, we are also from far nth and looking at taking this up the cape. Would love to know more about how your Dmax is set up. Currently we are looking at buying a 2011 Dmax that is pretty standard.

Hazza

HazzaQueanbeyan

  • 4 reviews
  • 6 likes

Rust in the engine

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2010 D-Max. Found surface rust on cam shaft and other engine components when servicing, Isuzu has not been very helpful I have photos for anybody to see. Will be putting on Youtube for everybody to see soon. Feel free to email me at any time. Hope to here from Isuzu.
Will not comment till something is done about this problem
No support from Isuzu bad warranty service

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Hazza
Hazza

I got my Dmax back today after 4 days in the work shop .they replaced the 2 rusty cams , Still not happy with the service i recevied from them and i think it is dew that i don't have my dmax serviced by them .

JBJARROD
JBJARROD

Question for you mate, what made you take it to them re the rust on the camshaft? Oil should/would lubricate the camshaft and should never rust. Thanks, Jarrod.

Hazza
Hazza

Cherryboy

CherryboyAU

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 likes

Great 4wd but watch the clutch

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A really good car. I have had Isuzu trucks for many years and have found them very reliable, although the D-Max is not affiliated with Isuzu trucks the engine is out of the 3 ton truck. The clutch is the weak point you will have to get it replaced between 20000km and 60000km however all mid sized 4wd have this problem. I have replaced ours at 50000km with a hd excedy and no prob so far.
Fuel economy ,engine, price
Weak clutch, first gear us to high.

1 comment
JBJARROD
JBJARROD

Hmmm, mate I hope mine doesn't need replacing anytime soon. I've got 40,000kms on it and I go off road regularly and use it a lot. Do you tow things?


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azhar n.

azhar n.asked

in a 2008 which oil is require 5w40 or 10w40
what the engine oil capacity

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HaiQuinnie N.

HaiQuinnie N.asked

Can not rev over 2000rpm idle very good,replaced new intank lift pump,filter,new air flow sensor,crank and suction control valve no different any suggestion much appreciated.

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altenator for 2011 dmax isuzu

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