After the death of my Defender decided to buy new. Have always liked the reliability of Isuzu motors. Bought a 2014 LS-M manual dual cab. $15K off list price as it was a 200km demo. What a great ride. Plenty of room in the cabin. Comfortable seats with heaps of leg room. So far I have been impressed with it off road, even with it's so called All Terrain Bridgestone tyres. Towing is a breeze. Towed a 1.2 tonne dual axle trailer 800kms. Hardly knew it was there. It achieves excellent fuel economy with little stress from the engine. Only gripes: key in ignition warning and seat belt warning. Apart from that a solid vehicle. New tyres and a suspension lift and it will be ready for the great off road.
Great Ute Awful Radio
Bought the LS Terrain new in 2013 to tow and it does a fantastic job. It was $10,000 cheaper than the equivalent Ranger with more options (like GPS and reversing camera). Has all the power I'll ever need and is very good with fuel consumption. Generally 8.5 to work and back and between 12.5 & 15 towing a 20 foot van (2000 Kg) Haven't had any major problems except the Multimedia Unit (Radio). If is full of intermittent problems that my dealer can't seem to identify let alone fix.
In particular; The touch screen sometimes does not work or freez...
Mirrors on D Max
Clearview brand mirrors that replace originals are available and are brilliant and have a convex and flat mirror that can extend for towing. I think they also have the blinker light in them as well. Unfortunately they are expensive at $750 plus and more if fitting if required but are far cheaper than originals if you break one. Spare parts are available.
They are slightly bigger than the original equipment but that is to your advantage and don't vibrate even when fully extended for towing.
Having owned my D-Max space cab ute for 10 months now I have nothing but praise for the vehicle with the exception of the external mirrors.
Both mirrors make objects viewed in them appear further away than they are in reality and there is no warning about this. I have seen this on other vehicles but the glass is stamped with the warning that objects may be closer than they appear. I have come dangerously close to cutting other motorists off on a number of occasions. I think it is only a matter of time before someone has a nasty accident due to...
D-Max towing and 4x4
Purchased MY15 LS-M Oct 14 thru Suttons Arncliffe, who do a great job. Primarily to tow van (Tare 2.5t, GVM 2.9t). The D-Max does this easily, about 15-16lt/100 km, when not towing about 8l/100. Also took it on 4x4 training course at Braidwood perfect I didn't know just how easy and effortlessly this truck just goes. My wife drives as well towing van and 4x4. The 4x4 low creates a superb vehicle for off road.
Clocked up 10K in 2 months, few trips to Wagga. Have fitted out with ARB canopy, bull bars, tow bar, tray drawers (2), fridge so set for...
2013 SX Space Cab auto cab chassis 4wd
I bought the ute new and I've done 50,000 kms so far, mainly highway work and 1 trip to Adelaide towing a van. Overall it seems OK, but not sure I would recommend to a friend I wanted to keep. Mainly irritations rather than serious problems.
Auto: harsh and poorly programmed. It changes down gears unnecessarily and sometimes doesn’t change down when it should (eg it can still be in 5th at 60kmh). It is slow to change up after it has unnecessarily changed down, so the engine races needlessly. Going over hilly country it is constantly changin...g gears up and down completely unnecessarily, so I am forced to use the gearbox in manual mode to stop the silly nonsense. It changes down unexpectedly when braking sometimes, (not all the time) which most of the time is completely useless and gives me heart failure. My last 2 cars had far superior gearboxes. My ex-wife has a 10 year old Toyota Prado that has a far superior gearbox. Harsh ride. I know it is a ute and is designed to carry heavy loads but surely designers can come up with a ute that has a comfortable suspension. My last vehicle could carry 800kg, but gave an excellent ride empty or completely loaded. Perhaps Isuzu designers should look at parabolic springs or coils. Key left in the ignition buzzer. Pain in the proverbial and completely useless. Sometimes ute users have to leave the key in the ignition with the engine stopped, to get out and carry out tasks etc. To have to remove the key to leave the vehicle is a pain in the neck. Auto door lock. Another pain in the proverbial. If I want to lock the car I will lock it. If I don’t want to lock the car I won’t. I don’t need the car unnecessarily locking itself for me.
Cheap to run
I brought 2014 Terrain. Done 20,000km without fault added nudge bar,canopy,rhino bars and regularly carries all my builders tools,ladders etc .around town getting 8.4 litres per 100k been down as low as 7.1 at 100k on highway between brissy and sunshine coast. Don't even have to change down on steep grades as the auto handles with ease. Air con with climate control work a treat. My only gripes are the speed alert interruptions on radio and the large blind spot created by driver side pillar. Oh one other annoyance is if you put a heavy load on passenger seat it sets off seatbelt alarm. I highly recommend this truck as it is a work vehicle and not as a SUV...
Awesome tow vehicle
This is my second D-Max having recently upgrading from the 1st generation model. We regularly tow a car trailer with a race car on the back all over QLD and NSW, we constantly achieve between 10.5-12 ltr/100km with the trailer and 7.8-8.3 ltr/100km without the trailer. If your looking for a great tow vehicle that is cheap to run you can't go past this ute. The only "must have" upgrade I would recommend is change the shock absorbers the factory ones lean to much towards soft/comfort in there valving.
I've had all the other brands and have found the D-Max to be a real star. Sure, it's noisy and a little rough around the edges but for the prices it's in a league of it's own. I towed a 3200kg trailer from Brisbane back to Perth with an additional 500kg in the tray and was still getting 10.9 l/ 100km. How does it do that?
By the way for the sceptics, I was sitting on 100kms/hour.
Great machine but maybe for those who really understand that it's a work machine not a show pony!
Mine is a 2012 LSU with 90k on it now.
Has a weeping head gasket, ERG leaking soot over starter motor.
Will not cover warrenty because they didnt do they servicing.
Even though log book filled out and stamped. They want proof of genuine oil and filters on invoices ect.
I am a TQ mechanic for 15yrs, Over serviced as done every 5k.
They are just stalling and trying to find a reason to not cover.
Bunch of A Holes.
EGR valve common problem.
Head Gasket weeping coolant at back of head, this is a Manufactoring fault! What does a genuine oil filter have to do with it? Coolant has been tested and is ok. ...
Very happy with vehicle drives beautifully and has many extra features also sales man service and dealership very Curtis and helpful
Isuzu D-Max 2013
Bought an Isuzu D-Max SX demo, it's a good car but the seats are very uncomfortable!!! We travelled for 4 hours on our first trip after purchasing it and both had back pain! Have complained to Isuzu who said the seats were the same throughout the fleet and can't be changed, so it looks like we are going to have to get aftermarket seats installed at a cost of approx. $3000 for both seats, we found this very disappointing especially for a near new vehicle.
Got my D-Max X-Runner brand new.
Two weeks after discover fair bit of rust all trough the chassis and engine. Contact the Isuzu Ute Australia head office and after few days got the email saying that they will replace the turbo assembly, exhaust and gasket... and in they Goodwill treat the rust on the chassis. Warranty doesn't cover rust so it's there's goodwill to treat it.
How good is this for a brand new vehicle.
12 months in, the D-Max continues to be brilliant!
I didn't know anyone with a D-Max at purchase time in 2013. But it was on sale and I got it for a price better than they were advertising.
12 months in.... Best 4wd ever!
I've owned many 4wd's over the years, including the mighty Hilux, a Range Rover, Patrols, Cruisers, a Navara and even a Jeep. Just so, so happy with the D-Max. It's been faultless motoring. Tonnes of power, heaps of space for me as driver, the hubby (uh, you may have thought I'm a bloke.... wrong!) and kids. The tray size is amazing.
Fuel economy is awesome. Regul...arly get high 7's to low 8's on highway runs - that's with the 5 of us, all our gear, air conditioning on, sticking at highway speeds of 110. The projector headlights cut through the darkness. The suspension carries a decent load no problems, bringing home over a tonne of gardening supplies no worries, which is good as we're on a property and have been recently gradually improving our driveway, one tonne of blue metal at a time!
Front passenger seat belt locking
Front passenger seat belt locks up you cant lean forward to get drink from holder you go over a bump it gets tighter. You have to unclip let it all the way back in and then do it up. Not happy big safety issue.
Who was the bright spark that got that idea through development and into the D-Max!!!
Isuzu LSM 4x4 3 ltr turbo diesel
It's a fantastic ute. I tow a 3 ton fifth wheeler not a problem, the only gripe I have is the aerial top of windscreen .
Entered a car park the aerial must have made contact with chain on the way in got home noticed the aerial was slightly off centre tried to centre it when it snapped off in my hand had a look at centre of aerial found tiny thin bolt thread.
Went to Isuzu dealer for warranty told I must have hit something not happy.
Should be more robust than this.
Also service manual says oil change ect every 10,000 km but sticker under hood says service every 20,000 km very strange but I don't think i'd wait to 20,000 as the recommended oil isn't fully synthetic.
Bad warranty experience
Car was delivered in unroadworthy condition and was not fixed for 4 weeks, no loan car or compensation offered on it.
November 17th 2014 Update:
Every weld on the chassis has broken out in rust within a week of purchase.
I covered it in black kill rust gloss, goodness knows what the inside of the frame is like.
July 21st 2017 Update: Lemon
Clutch dramas, windscreen washer dramas, fan switch dramas, It never ends, Isuzu ute Australia are very hard to deal with for warranty work, they will do any thing not to pay a claim. Even when it is clearly obvious it is a warranty problem and they take forever to send out parts from Brisbane warehouse.
Seatbelt webbing shredding
I have a D-Max single cab ute changed to this after many years as a Hilux lover, only changed because heard of issues with new Hiluxes. The main issue is with the seatbelt webbing coming apart have old Hiluxes, Holdens and an Isuzu truck and have never had this issue with any of them.
Should have bought 2 Great Walls !!
Brought brand new 2014, had Isuzu bull bar fitted and driving lights, on dirt roads the driving lights vibrate and this makes it very hard on the eyes. They cut the bottom of the original bumper of to fit the bull bar, the inner plastic lining on front wheel arch looks like it doesn't fit the bull bar actually looks like it has come away from the wheel arch. Drove over a foam ball used for shooting arrows into and it popped the whole side step right off, the mounting of the side steps is pathetic it tore the bolts right out of the side step. I ...could understand if the side step had a dent in it from the pressure but not a mark on it. I contacted the car dealer ship and their reply was that their designed for down ward pressure what a load of rubbish its a 4 wheel drive not a tar car. The isuzu motor reputation. Mountig of side steps
GREAT TOWING POWER AND FUEL ECONOMY 2014 LSM AUTO
Only 5000kms up so far but 7.69L/100 kms metro and highway running on a country run at 100 kph economy consumption gets down to 7.2 ltrs per 100. 5 spd auto box is brilliant and the manual shift function is great for downshifting allowing maximum engine braking when towing a load which we do often. I often tow the maximum 3.5 T and the DMAX handles it well. Even towing a 2t load on the flat at 80-90kph I can achieve respectable economy of around 10 ltrs per 100. All in all a good result so far. No oil change til 10000 is too long, oil is...filthy at 5000 kms so I've dumped it. Theres a faint buzzing vibration coming through the body under heavy load acceleration/towing when the engine twists under torque loading so it appears something is vibrating against the body under load. Cabin is very quiet, blew a tyre on the tandem trailer and couldn't hear a thing at 60kph with windows up although my mate could hear it 300mtrs away in his front yard! Pleased so far but too early to tell. Tax deduction comfort and fuel economy Nothing yet March 26th 2019 Update: 14.4 KMS PER LITRE ON A 954 Kilometer Trip.. Very Happy Bought a new LSM Auto. With 350 Kay’s on the clock Did a 950 KM trip from Perth to Augusta and surrounds, tried hard to maximise economy, sat at 100kph or less and drafted trucks for part of the trip where safe to do so and surprised at the economy. Trip meter actually said we achieved 14.8 kms / litre but calculated at refill was 66.3 litres for 954 kms travelled= 6.93 LTRS per 100 or 14.4 kms per litre = HAPPINESS. Very happy , this is my second DMax traded the 2014 in on a new 2018 . Very please with the result , it’s a good unit mechanically and aesthetically. Would highly recommend the DMAX.
2013 Isuzu D-Max SX crew cab chassis
We have around 60,000kms on it now. I bought it new at the start of 2014 from a dealer. Had an ARB bull bar, side bars, bash plates fitted. Have had nothing but trouble with the 4wd system and varies sensors failing. I would strongly recommend to anyone looking to buy a ute - only look at a D-Max if you are going to be mainly driving on sealed roads otherwise look elsewhere.
Cheap to buy
Roof is rusting. 4WD solinoid keeps failing. Clutch failed twice. Motor uses loads of oil and now pushes dip stick out of holder every 1,000 or so kms. Front c...
My 1st 1000kms in a 2014 LS-M Crew Cab D-Max
I have had my D Max for a week and well over 1000 kms already so here is my report post the 1st 1000 kms. I will keep this objective and aimed at those considering a D-Max as their next vehicle.
The D-Max was purchased to replace my long loved and ever reliably 1987 Hilux extra cab, which I still have. It’s got over 550’000 kms on the clock and is truly one of those unbreakable Hiluxs. Not sure if the current crop are as good these days hence, for me a change of brand.
I drive a lot of country kms so my primary consideration for a new ute, ...was reliability and fuel efficiency. The current D-Max with a small truck engine and an auto gear box which is the same as used in the 200 series V8 Landcruiser, suggests the powertrain in the D-Max should be missile proof. I went for the LS-M auto crew cab. Went for the LS-M over the LS-U as I prefer the 6 spoke 16 inch alloys, looks better than the 5 spoke 17 inch on the LS-U and a better range and cheaper tyres out there when you are looking for new tyres. No side steps or rear step but as I am going to fit ARB bar work, not an issue and no carpet in the LS-M which I prefer in a 4WD as carpet mats easily fitted over the vinyl floor and can be cleaned or replaced if they get dirty or worn. What I like. Fuel economy. As you would have read else where, D-Max is a class leader in getting max kms out of every drop of diesel. On the first tank, I got just over 800 kms. That’s on a tight new engine, 30% city the rest country highway and back roads. My second tank looks like it will get 900 kms plus. I am expecting, once the engine is run in, 1000 kms from a tank should be possible as others have reported. Very happy with that. A comment about the low fuel light. It came on just after 800km and then after about 10 kms more, the bottom bar of the fuel gauge started to flash. Like an angry person yelling: “get me some fuel, now!!”. The refuel took 70 litres, meaning there was about 5 litres left. So when that low fuel light comes on, refuel ASAP.
2013 D-Max extra cab manual
I have had my D-Max for around 4 months and just clicked over 12,000 kms and so far have not had a problem with it it drives smoothly and changes gears really smooth I've taken it off road several times and it's been great I get around 8L/100km the key button is the worse worse thing about it (minor issue) when my keys are in my pocket I can easily bump the button and the car will unlock but as I said minor issue.
Fuel economy, power, and smooth gear changes
I have a 2013 LS-M it's 3 months old and it's been the biggest headache.
Since day one it hasn't driven right I have taken it to the dealer over 10 times they recon theres nothing wrong with it. Run ruff brakes don't operate properly it feels it's in and out of four wheel drive. Dash is faulty, I've advised by independent mechanic it's unsafe to drives. Brake lock up and the list goes on there customer service is bad. It has cost me over $20,000 lost of time from work and privet mechanics reports and still no help from Isuzu so I've gona take it further till I get the result I want.
I have a 2013 LS-U Isuzu ute it's only 3 months old and it has been a headache it runs ruff, stalls at traffic lights and Isuzu don't know what's wrong with it then I pit it in 4 wheel drive get 50 metre's up the sand and reversed back and it locked up all 4 wheels had to remove the front and rear drive shafts to move it back onto hard ground to get it towed away and was stranded over 200klms away from home because their customer care service couldn't get me and my partner a hire car so I was left to find my own way home. Now they are stuffing ...me around to get it fixed because the transfer case let go. I look after this ute because I have spent a lot of money buying all the good gear for it but now I have lost faith in it. If anyone else has had problems with there 2013 Isuzu D-Max I would like to here from you.
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