Love the freedom, strength and reliability our DMax gives us!
The DMax handles well, is comfortable and practical. We find it pulls our 18 foot caravan effortlessly. It is stylish and quiet . The interior is rather basic without too many bells and whistles and the back seat is not real comfortable for long trips but it's practical easy to clean and the front seats are comfortable . The tray transports all our bits and pieces and is easy to clean. Ours has a vinyl cover which is good but at some point we would like to get a canopy. There are Isuzu dealers most places so it is easy to get services and spare parts!
Dmax will become a legend
After almost 30,000kms and two years of ownership, I have been extremely happy with the performance of my 2015 LS-M D-Max (auto). If you are after a no non-sense 4wd to enjoy the outdoors and tow, this vehicle will suit your needs. There are flashier utes on the market, however you pay a premium for that (without the same reliability).
Value for money the d-max is a great option, especially if you are intending to own the vehicle for a while. In my opinion if you are going to lease the vehicle for a couple years, there are better vehicles o...ut there. However if you are after something reliable without the fancy badge and price to suit, the d-max is perfect. It's a legend in the making. Performance in the bush is good with the traction control system but as with all IFS utes, they're no patrol or land cruiser 70. Treat the vehicle right and it'll get you into the high-country and back no worries. The D-max also tows well with modest torque on tap. In terms of problems I have had, the cab brake light seal leaked water which was fixed under warranty. Other than that, services through my local mechanic are cheap and the 5 year warranty and road side assistance is piece of mind. I would recommend this vehicle, however it will not suit everyone.
Absolutely brilliant. Love my D-Max. Towing & 4WD
I've owned a Toyota Hi-Lux & a Mitsubishi Triton - I can't say anything bad about either of them as both were great, but different in their own ways. But the D-Max has blown me away. Economy, power, feel, & reliability (this engine also has S/Steel timing chain), & I pull a 20ft caravan. Thinking capability off-road 4WD; OH YES! It's so easy to drive both on bitumen & off road. This is the only vehicle my wife has driven on its own AND also towing our van. Perhaps not just me thinking it is OK.
Good solid Truck
Built for work
Gets the job done
Good value for money [in NZ]
Handles fine for normal driving speeds
I'm a fisherman and my Isuzu is used for everything for towing heavy loads to family outings , always around the sea it seems to resist corrosion ok.
I think they are a good all round Truck.
They do all tasks well .
Dont buy a D max
Purchased a New d max September 2016,LS 4x4 dual cab,, Warrnambool Victoria,,picked up from Dealership and our vehicle had been on showroom floor ,Display item, was never told that would happen ,, inspection of Dmax and we notice scratches to paint work and dirty ,,Isuzu never fixed, , poor fitting of products ,bulbar winch ect, .worst was yet to come.. after first service 3,056 Klms ,Diesel engine started rattling, ,roadside assist come out to us and d max had fuel sensor problems,total shut down of motor,,the angry bit was ,because we were st...ill in our local area, we could not get towed or our crapp dmax put on a tilt tray, we had to take to dealership ourselves,1 week later we picked up our ute,, our ute has had other problems, vibration in front end, was blamed all on the brand new Mickey thompson tyres we had fitted ,,has small rust spots already, just over 12mths old, clutch is a problem,yes we have a 5 speed manual, only done 10,000klms now,, most people say new clutch around 30,000 klms,,,Isuzu told us its because we tow heavy loads or we use the clutch wrong,,strange thing is we have only ever towed a small trailer with fishing kayak and some gear in it,other strange remark about bad clutch usage from Isuzu is ,I am a truck driver and our trucks are sold at 800 thousand klms and never in 30 years of driving ,,,have i ever had clutch problems ,the problems are Isuzu and the after sales service,, but I am not the first to state that fact,,on the bright side we pick up our new v8 dual cab landcruiser ute next week,
We love the Dmax git new in 2013 from toowoomba new we never test drove one till the day we pick the car up since then love got 87000 never had a problem with it yet pulls the camper like no tomorrow wife loves it, I have but a few thing on her since new. Would buy another one if I could or a mux go Isuzu love it and go your own way.
Performance is great
Handling is easy
Noise is minimal for a diesel
Received free dash mats so the dashboard is good, has touch screen and phone connectivity.
large amount of leg room in both front and back.
Very reliable and havent had an issue since the day we brought it.
Should have bought one years ago
Brought a lsu crew cab about 12 months ago and love it handles great tows great has great fuel economy when towing our 2.5 camper on and off road . Have owned 5 different land cruisers over the years and wish I had brought a dmax earlier a very good car for the family or work
i would buy another one
good on open road- a handful in coles carpark. tis a bit noisier than i expected.
comfortable seating- good vision
fuel economy is great
comes with 17 inch alloy road wheels and 16 inch steel spare!!- 4 highway terrain and 1 all terrain
key is very sensitive- can unlock car with key in pocket
Car drives well! My wife can even drive it (and she couldnt drive manual before this car!) Handles well and drives smooth, one tank lasts a long time as well! Great family car, my little one fits comfortably in the back and loves being able to look out the windows!
I have put this vehicle thru heaps, travelled the Cape, Camerons Corner, Tassie back blocks and got over BIG RED first attempt.
On the bitumen and absolute pleasure to drive.
My only reservation, not a negative but suspension a little rigid for passenger comfort..
However 9.5 out of 10
Love my D-Max
We went to have a look at the Isuzu because we needed something better to tow our caravan with, we only went to look, and we came home with a new D-Max, we fell in love with the X-Runner as soon as we saw it. It tows our caravan beautifully, has everything we want, really quiet inside, and really economical. Really good purchase price.
- D-MAX RC.I (2012-2016)
Blown head at 47000 kms
Car appears to have blown a head gasket at 47000km. Whilst returning from a family holiday. We were stranded at Airlie Beach with no after sales back-up. It has now been two weeks, having just returned from Airlie by hire car, which I was forced to return from Cooktown, over 1000km. The vehicle has not even been dismantled for a proper diagnosis. I still have no vehicle for work as a self-employed electrician. I have always kept up to date with my services with approved Isuzu dealers.
It's the best Tug I have had
After getting rid of a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland (that could not pull pussy up a hill) and purchasing the new LS-T Isuzu D Max 4 Door Ute,it was the best move I have ever made. I have traveled over the state of Tasmania and it hasn't missed a beat. I don't even know the van is behind me. We started in QLD and come down through NSW and VIC on our trip.
Excellent on and off road
Excellent vehicle, can't fault. It is also excellent on and off road. We have the automatic transmission and I would recommend a oil cooler for towing with an automatic of any vehicle brand. This vehicle has been up to Kalumburu and back without any problems (can't say the same with the Kimberley Kamper) Would purchase again.
after 45 years..our first choice for a new vehicle
Driving is easy. .handles great.
Comfortable seats.plenty leg room
Reliable great looking ute. Smooth running.
Simply love the look and easy handling.
Recommend a test run of this ute...best decision you will make . We waited 45 years for this amazing ute to evolve.
3ton towing capacity. Cant wait to hitch the van
September 5th 2017 Update: 10 months on..still love our DMAX.
Easy to handle. Manouvres well and runs quiet.. Over 10klm per 1 litre diesel . Very comfy seats and good leg room.. Starts first time - every time. Best choice we ever made . Simply love our DMax dual cab tray back .. very safe & easy to handle. And did i mention it has 3.5 ton towing capacity . Awesome ...January 6th 2019 Update: 2years on and still looks and runs like new Runs perfect, never an issue. Very happy with service with added car clean and wash. What can we say...just love our Xmas. First and only brand new car...after 47 years of second hands...We made best decision ever..the DMAX was for us. Highly recommend if you are looking for a tough ute to do the job. Its the Real ute.
Very comfortable and fantastic to drive. Love it!!
Bought our LSU D-Max in November 2016, took it to Canberra from Brisbane for a 'run', to get an idea of how it will go on a 'big' trip. I have to say we are very impressed with it. Heaps of power climbing the Toowoomba Range, and being a new motor we were surprised as to how the economy was going on the trip south, around 9-10L/100klms. By the time we had to return we were getting closer to the claimed economy, 8.8-9.5L/100klms. But still needs a few more Klms to get there. Running around NW Brisbane we are getting 8.9-9.2L/100klms. Unfortunat...ely only got around 4000klms on the clock due to an issue with the ride-on mower deciding to throw me off, and copping a spinal fracture. Ouch! Yep not good, so we are not getting out and about much at present. Even with that injury the D-Max is extremely comfortable to travel in to Doctors appointments considering our dodgy mountain road. Handling is very good, both on the mountain road corners where we live and on the straight open roads to Brisbanes' northern suburbs. Occasionally we can hear the radiator fan cut in, and the engine change gears up and down as we climb the mountain, but the noise is definitely not a concern. Considering this is a (light) truck, it is quite expected and acceptable. So far we have only had to put fuel in to it, and the Canberra trip saw us getting better tank range as we clocked up the klms. From an estimated 700klms to the tank from new (1st tank - of which the dealer filled in our presence) to an estimated excess of 900klms to the tank now. So I would assume that as we get a few more klms up it will get over 1000klms to the tank, which makes for a great tourer. Looking forward to some serious travels. Costs wise we made 5 fuel stops/top-ups from Brisbane to Canberra and return. Most impressed with how it went on the trip. We got the Tour Mate package that was on sale at the time, so didn't need to buy any immediate extras, it came with a Canopy, Tow-bar, Tub liner, Weather-shields and Bonnet protector. Very impressive package. Had we purchased when we first looked, some months earlier, we would have had to spend quite a few $$$ to upgrade to this package. Edit: 6th May 2017 - Well we have just returned from a trip out to Cameron Corner, the long way, via St George, Cunnamulla, Thargomindah, Innaminka, the Strzelecki track, and back around to the corner. Can't say how impressed we were with the D-max. Economy got down to 7.4L/100k on some sections. We did hundreds of klms in 4wd on the 'track' and the Cameron Corner road back out to Tibooburra, then to White Cliffs, there ended the dirt and 4wd. 4000klms plus. An amazingly competent and comfortable vehicle.
Not a bad truck, but the service is beyond sub-standard
We have Quite a few Dmaxs in our fleet. The staff love driving them and their not a bad truck on the whole. We have dealt with most of their dealerships within the BNE area and have found their service completely sub standard (not all but the vast majority to be completely accurate) to any other manufacturer we've dealt with in the past 25years, and some of those have been pretty average. I could write a list here a foolscape page long of the comedy of errors, failure to return multiple phone calls no matter what the enquiry is about (standard...practice), forgetting to book service dates into their system, supplying unregistered loan vehicles (yep you heard it), ordering of parts to fit can take multiple visits and a massive time waster (perhaps Isuzu work order HO failure?) to name a few. If They could get their stuff together they would be seriously good alround package, but I'd say the culture is well imbedded and will be difficult to break. Sad really as they seem a good truck. Just don't be afraid to go further afield and look for better service from your chosen dealer because they're not all cut from the same cloth that I know for sure. When you start hearing that circus music.... run!!
Great ute. Very economical and capable of tough tasks
My vehicle has the Pedders GVM upgrade which does result in some rigidity in the ride when empty. However when loaded to capacity, this vehicle doesnt miss a beat. Very stable. Full loading barely affects fuel economy either which was a pleasant surprise. 800km from a tank of diesel is no problem. Very reliable versus Ranger and much better value for money than Hilux. Great farm ute overall and highly recommended.
The best 4WD & family vehicle
Beautiful car to drive, handles the road smoothly not bumpy at all like other 4WD's. Interior is nice and simple in a charcoal, comfy seats, it's a pity the back seat isn't a splitting seat as it would make putting car seats in a lot easier. Very reliable car, a full tank of diesel gets us about 850 kilometres we do a lot of highway driving. She handles off road like a dream, beach driving was very smooth.
Dmax problems from new
the car is basically is ok its never broken down but Iv'e had constant problems ,the clutch was replaced at 5,000kms
problems with alloy rims balance from new never fixed, the cam chain tensioner was replaced at 10,000kms because of a major rattle in the motor (it didn't fix the problem) I was told to run a 5 weight oil, it didn't fix the problem I had Isuzu Australia (Queensland) come to Newcastle to inspect the car I was told every thing was with in tolerance don't worry about the noise (if I wanted to sell the car no one would buy it if th...
- D-MAX RC.I (2012-2016)
By far the best ute I have had
Purchased a new D-Max LS-T in April 2015 through my Novated lease company after previously having a Navara 2.5TD (which is another horror story). I did a fair bit of research against all the other double cab utes on the market (incl Chinese and Indian). Some had a greater torque output, others with better 'offline' acceleration, comfort etc. After test driving nearly all of them, the D-Max won. It was the only true 3.5t tow capacity, in that you could still take passengers, have a full fuel tank and a bit of a load and still tow up to 3.5t. Aft...er towing my caravan with the Navara and achieving a mind numbing 35l/100km, the D-Max came in at 15l/100km which automatically convinced me I had made the right choice. On 'normal' trips and around town, am getting under 9l/100km which is pretty good. I use this ute for work and travel about 45,000km/yr, it is very comfortable, has been super reliable and feels safe on any road. Even tried the Fitzroy Development Rd between Taroom and Banana in CQLD with ESC disengaged and engaged and found the later was rock solid. Have had to use low range a couple of times both with the van and without in some tricky bits, other than the annoying beeping when in LR, this ute just climbs out of everything with minimal fuss. Am about to get new tires after 74,000km and will be opting for the Bridgestone H/T that it came with as they give me the traction I need when I need it and the low noise and comfort on the highway (where most people drive anyway). Only negatives, occassionally get a steering knock on rough roads which hasn't developed further, but will monitor. The fuel gauge light comes on followed by the level bar flashing which gives no indication on when you will actually run out, previous vehicles have counted down the kms, this one just says "low Fuel" using the mileage dash display which can be unerving when 50km+ from a servo. Also the GPS mapping is next to useless, sends you on paper roads, takes the long way and ETA's can be 30-40min out on a 200km trip. Fortunately the Garmin I have is great. The LS-T has all the bells and whistles, leather, video dash, GPS, Blue tooth etc., etc., so I am spoilt, but would easily recommend the LS-U these days to anyone who wants a workhorse and weekend toy.
Problem with radio reception
After sale service from dealer and head office was appalling no one ever returns a call .After i had the problem fixed by a radio specalist and gave the dealer the bill they sent it to head office who refused to pay .After 4 x radios and 3 x areials the service manager paid the bill but i had to fight to get a warranty problem fixed and paid for .Not very happy with dealer or head office.
Ok for what it is
I have a 2015 diesel D Max company supplied car and had a 2013 diesel model previously. The dash layout has been slightly revised with the clock moving from the instrument cluster to the centre console and is now part of the stereo display. The stereo comes with surround sound which is weird because there are the four front speakers two in the doors and two at the base of the windscreen A pillars and one feeble speaker somewhere in the rear as the D Max I have is a crew cab. The gear ratios have been changed slightly but unfortunately the 5 spe...ed gearbox hasn't. It still has trouble selecting the right gear and is better if used in it's manual mode. Even slowing down to turn into another road in manual mode sees the gearbox moving from 5th down to 4th and although able to pull successfully in 4th a manual change down to 3rd gives a far better response. In Drive touching the brake pedal lightly on a down grade sees the gearbox shifting down but reapplying power has the car revving until the gearbox changes up to 5th or has me doing it manually. The ride is quite good but the seats are terrible being too flat with little to no support. Like the last one there is no carpet just cheap plastic/rubber lining. Dash plastics are cheap too with squeaks. Unlike the last one there has been no mechanical problems with this car and it now has 32,000km on the odometer. Like the last one the key fob is still over sensitive and locks and unlocks at random if other keys on the key ring touch it. The wipers on this one come with variable intermittent control with 6 settings. But there is no gradual progression from maximum time between wipes to the minimum time. From the maximum time to position 4 there is no real difference but positions 5 and 6 are the minimum times. Having had two of these cars I feel they're built to a price rather than up to a standard.
After service is terrible including head office
Purchased a new dmax, and within 2 months the dealer closed shop at city Isuzu. Had issue with the bars on the vehicle and have been trying to resolve the issue for months. Head office in QLD was just Terrible. Considering we have a fleet of these at work we will never be purchasing again!!!
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