Looking to buy, test drive so far only
We just took a D-Max LS-U for a drive and liked it except the right was very harsh on uneven road - very disappointing. We were also a little concerned that the air con was OK only - it worked but you had to run the fan on high and that added a lot to the cabin noise. Also the engine is not as quiet as the Mazda BT50.
Price. Overall feel and everything else about it
Very lumpy ride, Air con may struggle over time.
Review after 18 months
I still love this car but here are some annoyances.
I have a 6/2012 model LS-U dual cab automatic, the latest shape with 28,000 km on it.
The key beeper sh*its me. (This can be disabled now.)
The rear mudflaps are too long. They hit gutters when parking.
I find the pillar on the drivers side very wide blocking the view of cars on my right.
The key fob is over sensitive. It locks/unlocks too easily.
Apart from these minor things it's very nice to drive with standard suspension, very powerful & economical.
I average 7.3l per 100km without any load in the car. This mileage is easy for me to achieve, I'm not driving it hard but keeping up with the traffic.
It tows easily but I only tow a jet ski so not a good test really. ...
Done 4000klms a month over the 6 months since I got my D-Max and love it love it love it. Has Power to burn, and will with easy tow the 3 ton it rated to tow. The most practical work ute, easy to use brilliant fuel economy, comfortable on long trips. Easy as to keep clean. Best investment I have ever made.
Love everything about it.
So having had my D-Max almost 10 months and having covered 19500 km, 8000 km towing our caravan this year, I am happy to report that I am consistently getting between 8.0 and 9.5 litres per hundred km. Whilst towing the van on our tour of NSW recently we achieved an average of 10.75L/100km. Our van is approx 1800kg loaded and it was surprising how easily the D-Max handled towing the van up the various ranges that we encountered. It had power to spare and we often found ourselves overtaking new large 4x4s towing vans similar to ours...You know,...the ones that ohh... Give you that feeling. Well we had that feeling passing them... We also cruised past ones that 'love that car' and the other one 'Mum bought one' too. The ride and handling has now settled down to what I can only describe as big car like... I can only say that this Isuzu is living up to the reliability that I have enjoyed from its big brothers over the past 30 odd years. Am I biased? You bet your sweet wrasse I am and with good reason. If you are thinking between the D-Max and its distant cousin from that Australian company, don't hesitate. Go buy the D-Max... You won't be sorry... Reliability, performance, fuel consumption, handling, the list goes on I still don't like the buttons on the key. They are easily bumped and can unlock the vehicle and that is about my only complaint...
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Not so tough D-Max
I bought the ute new in January and it's now done 20,000km. It drives better then my car and is comfy on long trips. Truthfully I wouldn't buy another one or recommend one to someone planning on doing a fair bit of four wheel driving, as a trader ute or tow vehicle I would.
Fuel economy, comfort.
On third alternator, diff had problem, not very capable off road, not tough enough off road
The ultimate towing machine
My wife & I have just completed a 5000k trip in a D-max towing a 3 ton caravan,travelling with my brother & sister in-law who were driving the 200 series twin turbo Landcruiser also pulling a 3 ton caravan. Well let me tell you Toyota lovers the D-Max left it for dead in both performance & fuel economy, up hills around Tumit & Mt. Kosiosco the D-Max in 3rd gear literally pushed the cruiser up the hills, fuel stops the D-Max was on average $50.00 less per every fill, I averaged approx 14lts to the 100k's as apposed to the cruiser's 22lts to the 100k's. The D-Max might look small but it's built tough & is very comfortable for a ute.
I loved the way it performed, handled & the great fuel economy
2012 Isuzu D-MAX LSU Space Cab (new model)
Just purchased the D-Max, done around 3000km. I don't abuse my vehicles by any standard however I do use it as a work vehicle. I purchase a new vehicle every 2 years, I've had them all.
A fair assessment of the vehicle so far is not good.
Jumps out of second gear when going down hill.
Dash board squeaks.
Speedo out by 8% 108km is 100km.
Very low ground clearance.
Paint has a star in it on bumper bar.
Rear mud flaps to low (easily tore off). ...
Love my D-Max
LS-U new at the end of October. Road trip since covering 6000km. Loving it.
Comfort and reliability. Towed a boat on the road trip and achieved 10L per 100km. Not towing I am getting about 9L/100km. Fitted a Razorback Canopy and that is excellent as well.
Would recommend to my friends. Very happy.
Economy, power, reliability
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