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.
No fuss ute
Bought my 2015 Dmax second hand. Still had 3 years warranty on it (2020). I have travelled all of the state of NSW and Victoria without an issue. I've driven it on sand and through the Vic High Country. Thes are mechanically sound vehicles. The 5 speed automatic isn't bad but it could use the extra cog (2017 onwards has a 6 speed). In saying that it cruises under 2000rpm at 100 and has excellent fuel economy. The car can feel a little under powered at times but this may be fixed with the extra 50NM from 2017 onwards.
All these people are c...omplaining about little things. You knew the car had those seats, didn't have a rest for your right arm etc. That's why you test drive a car. These are no surprises. That's what you get with a Dmax, it's mostly basic but it is unlikely to surprise you with any major issues unlike the Ranger I had. Yes the seats are a little uncomfortable but for me they are just hard and I don't have any issues with my back. The interior is hard plastic, like every other ute bar the Amarok. I agree that the Bluetooth is rubbish. If you want to buy a personal ute that you plan on keeping for ten years and putting 250k on the clock, then buy one of these or a Hilux. If you are buying a brand new company car that you will trade in after three years, buy a Ranger. The Ranger is more comfortable, drives better and has more power. However, I trust my Dmax more than my Ranger and I know it will still be running after those ten years.
Really good ute let down by very average dealers
I've owned my D-Max for nearly four years and have found it to be a very good ute that does everything asked of it without a fuss. It has done a lot of trips from southern NSW to far north Queensland and back on highways, dirt tracks and everything in between and has never missed a beat on these long runs, while being comfortable and easy to drive. It's quite capable on 4wd tracks too, though I've never really had a need to bother with low range 4wd.
Seat comfort is an individual thing, but I've done 10 and 12 hour days in the driver's seat...- over multiple days - and been very happy with the comfort. Fuel economy is good, about 7.5 to 8.5 l/100 km on average with premium diesel. An aftermarket steel bullbar and decent lightbar tidied up the front end and gave a bit more defence against the suicidal western plains kangaroos, though they knocked about 0.4 l/100 km off the fuel economy at highway speeds. Aftermarket side steps were much cheaper and tougher than the Isuzu variety, stopped the stones on dirt roads chipping the sills, and fitted on within about half an hour. The manual gearbox had an early issue with jumping out of 2nd/3rd gear on long downhill runs, fixed under warranty after about a month total for diagnosis (it was related to the synchromesh mechanism) and repairs. Dealership took a bit of convincing to fix it, they (a) tried to tell me nothing was wrong with it (b) clutch adjustment would fix it (c) problem would be fixed at next service, before finally conceding that (d) the box would need to be pulled out and substantially rebuilt with new parts by a specialist gearbox workshop (which took a week). No problems in the three years since, but after one further service where the bash plate under the sump was left barely attached (three bolts missing and the fourth only finger tight), following a non-oil change service, I've given up on the dealership, so it's being better maintained as well. Engine is strong, a bit noisy, definitely more like a commercial small truck unit, but under-stressed and happily runs all day with no load, half a load, or close to GCM when towing. Handles pretty well for a dual cab ute, suspension is a bit jiggly when empty, but that's expected with a live axle. Interior is no great shakes, lots of hard plastics, bluetooth for the phone needs a bit of work with the mic gain and still isn't great, and I fitted an aftermarket reversing camera to make life a bit easier. Plenty of room, though, lots of places to put small items and mostly pretty comfortable. All in all, I'm still very happy with my D-Max, coming up on 80,000 kms. If not for the gearbox issue (which, to be fair, never stopped it) and the very average service from the dealership, it would have been five stars. Very likely to buy another D-Max, but next time I'll buy an auto and take it to a decent mechanic from the very start!
Reliable work ute
2014 model auto I've found nothing wrong with the d-max a lot better to drive than the triton feels the same as the hi-lux interior as plenty of room front and back drives well
The only thing I've found that's annoying is if you take of quickley the Tyers spin
And the canopy leaks but that's not an Isuzu fault
Good reliable ute in remote area
As a repairer with over 39 years in the industry I will chime in. Regional & remote Australia. No frills Isuzu utes are one of the best value for money units arround for remote area use. Tyres & suspension will need a upgrade if you spend more time on corragated unsealed roads. But, this cost still out weighs in long term value over other brands that can't handle off road conditions. I won't mention them because I make money on repairing them. Even those $80,000 + & over Dmax class , suffer from broken or cracked chassis & mounts, radiator supp...ort panels, apron panels & wheel arches, battery trays, windscreen pillars & door apertures. Never seen this on a Dmax ute. My opinion is for value they punch well above their weight & knock the most popular ute in their class out cold. Engines seem more a commercial unit & very reliable. My hope is Isuzu don't give up on a good reliable town or remote work ute & buckle to unreliable gadgets or weight saving by compramising chassis strength. PS. I had to select make/model in drop boxes but my post relates to all model Dmax utes.
Little more noisy than other vehicles but fuel economy is terrific compared to my Kluger. Great storage - although cup holders are way too small for most water/drink bottles. great to park, super comfortable to drive. tows 2T no problem. I would definitely buy another if they sort out cup holder issue.
165000 klms in four years and going strong
The Dmax does everything i ask her to do every time. I tow a 21.5ft caravan and you can't feel it. Fuel consumption is fantastic compared to its Peers and for a ute its a comfortable drive. The long range tank i had put in makes touring more of a pleasure.
Great all round family car and oh it's a Ute too.
Had the car now four years from new. I'm still impressed with the way it drives, handles and goes about it's business. Purchased as the replacement family wagon and occasional work car. Around town it's easy to drive, steering is light and precise, brake smooth and yet powerful. On the highway, there is plenty of power to tackle hills and overtaking can be achieved. Lets not forget were dealing with a 4 cylinder diesel. Interior space is good and roomy only had one person complain about the back seat being a bit up right which yes maybe they co...uld have incorporated a bit more tilt. This vehicle has the best clutch of any vehicle I've driven, it's light with just enough pressure and the pick up point is right where it should be. I've taught a few people to drive in this car and very few stall the engine. Fuel consumption is good it returns on average 9 litres/100Km, if the P plater of the family is driving sitting on 90Km/H it dropped down to about 6.5. Unlike many a ute, this girl can easily carry a tonne and does so with ease. Towing is good, but I don'w know how you would go pulling the max 3.5 tonne, probably have to do a fair bit of slipping the clutch. The traction, stability and ABS work quiet well on bitumen, coming on when slip is detected and doing an OK job of controlling the car. The ABS on the other hand works really well. However, off road or on slippery surface, the traction control Will get you bogged. Trying to launch a boat, take your foot off the clutch and accelerate, the car just stops, does nothing. The computer has cut the throttle and your just sitting there. Put it into 4WD and away you go. Was in the slow the other week, pulled off the road for a now fight same thing. Isuzu really needs to install and limited slip diff and or diff lock and re-calibrate the traction control. Read a review recently and supposedly IUA said there was no need to install limited slip diff or diff lock due to how well the traction control works. Obviously they haven't driven any of their utes lately. I've go not rattles in the dash, but it does look a bit plasticky and they could do better. I would give this Ute 5 stars, but for the traction control/diff issues and the fact that IUA don't appear to be overly helpful with their customers when there is an issue like with some of the reviews I've read. The D-Max is an awesome truck, like all vehicles, occasionally there is going to be problems, what we as consumers want is a company that will stick by the consumer and fix the problems not try and side step or make excuses.
Very reliable, solid vehicle. Goes well off road. It has the largest room in the back and can seat 3 adults to go 3-400kms then they get a bit sore. Servicing is expensive. Controls are good, mine is a 2013 twin cab. It looks good. Don't buy off market accessories but don't work in my opinion. Good car -not sure of its resale value. I will sell it at about 85,000k and see what happens. It badly needs a reversing camera- vision is poor when reversing/parking
Mechanically excellent so far but interior comfort is the worst i ever seen
Bought new 15.5 sx space cab chassis 4x4 and have 7000kms on the clock so far. Towed a 1.5 tonne caravan for 3000kms and its run perfectly so no issues there but what really lets this ute down is the seats. Someone here referred to them as being banana shaped and that's exactly what they are you can't sit up straight due to the backrest giving you a hunch back and headrest being too far forward forcing your head to go forward i just took the headrest out but it doesn't really make it more comfortable it really annoys because if i had a chance t...o take this thing for a test drive before buying i would have never bought it just because of the seats that's how bad they are what kind of gook thought this was ok must have had some really screwed up posture it's not only the most uncomfortable car seat i have ever sat in but it's the most uncomfortable sitting position i could imagine. The plastic arm rest is a bit low as well but whatever. So mechanically excellent although it feels pretty under powered fuel economy is pretty good with around 750 to possibly 800kms a tank if really using up every drop of diesel but i warn you test drive this thing before buying those seats are a constant irritation and I'm seriously considering selling because of it.
You can feel the strength of the truck when you drive it. While driving it you realise just how reliable it is , and , won't give you troublesome motoring. With a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, it shows you how capable it really is.
- D-MAX RC.I (2012-2016)
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The Isuzu Dmax is s great ute can't fault it, good features and excellent mileage, it has a timing chain and no belt like other Utes the auto is worth looking at and the ride is comfortable the down side is the service costs.
Here's the facts I like using Genuine D-Max filters and discovered the original OEM version were released along with the 2012 D-max and are expensive and over double the cost of the new type re-released and sourced OEM filters
I found the cost as of FEB 2017 :
Oil:$14.39 part no.D*5876150000
Fuel:$30.11 part no.D*...
A solid performer - strength not flashy
The 2012 model was restricted to 3000 Kg towing and 300 kg tow ball weight and had 4 star safety rating. Later models acknowledged the competition and upgraded the towing capacity to 3500 kg and tow ball 350 kg. The trucks are solid. The 3.0 litre Mitsui engine has been produced for a long time with minor modifications to meet increasing emissions requirements. The 2017 model I understand will see further tweaking of the engine to meet these requirements and some changes to grill, lights and basic interior upgrades. The engine and body are s...olid, at 78k kilometres I have had no issues, upgraded the suspension to allow for an increased constant load (should've considered a GVM upgrade at the time) added steel bull bar and winch, canopy drawers and I still get 9.3 km /l around town and closer to 10 km/l on the open road. Plenty of power down low with lots of torque a great package for the price. New model would benefit from a few bells and whistles to be competitive but a great basic truck.
Have now had my D-Max for just over twelve months, have towed our navigator camper for a few 000km in that time and have been rapped with it, great fuel economy, tows like the van is only a very light trailer not the 1.7 Tonne that it is. Have had it in 4 x 4 mode a few times and it has done every thing that we have asked of it.
IT'S REALLY A LUCKY DIP
Bought 2 d-max's bot really god cars except one Is a lemon firstly power steering was lost and isuzu told me they didn't have time to fix it next thing ya know new car warranty is expired, had an issue with the master cylinder (NOW I REPEAT IF YOU LOSE PRESSURE IN YOUR CLUTCH JUST REPLACE THE MASTER CYLINDER DON'T FLUSH DONT RECOND JUST REPLACE THE MASTER CYLINDER) lost my clutch and ruined the 5th and rev synchro so that's being rebuilt atm the second dmax I got I haven't had one problem with it, I will put my hand on my heart and say it's an ...incredible vehicle besides the rear leaf springs upgrades are recommended. Performs awesomely off road but first you'll need min 2" lift, and some decent tyres possibly front and rear lockers once two wheels leave the ground you won't get too far, but after owning Triton's, rangers and hilux's I would recommend the dmax I think they are amazing machines with all the comfort you need for a work vehicle
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
The rear differential has failed again for the second time is this a problem when towing heavy loads I use my D-max for work daily towing a concrete pump
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|Engine||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel|
|Max Power||130kW @ 3600rpm|
|Max Torque||380Nm @ 1800-3000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand|
|Release date||June 2012|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2016|
|Replaced by||Isuzu D-MAX RC.II|
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