- 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.
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...
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.
- 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.
Very reliable. Does what it says it will do..
I’ve had my 2014 LS-U D’Max since July 2014. It's a reliable work horse and has never given me any trouble. I’ve travelled to outback NSW and QLD, up to the gulf country, mostly on dirt and corrugated roads.
The engine and auto transmission Isuzu have used in this truck are proven performers and I’m very happy with the level of comfort it provides me on those longer trips. Sure this model doesn’t have the climate control, touch screen LCD monitor and other bells and whistles the other manufactures are offering, but that’s not what I was a...fter. I was looking for reliability, safety and longevity. I'm very happy with the handling of the vehicle considering its size. The noise of the diesel is clacky when sitting at the lights, but its an old school diesel, and to be honest, I kidda like it. Towing has never been an issue and will carry my off-road camper with ease, almost to the point I don't know its there at times. It has around 65,000k’s on it now, and not even a rattle. When I first bought the vehicle the fuel economy was pretty good, and was very close to what the manufacturer stated, once I added the bulbar, winch, canopy, roof racks, aux battery, fridge and toolbox, that all went out the door. However, around town it’s still around the 10 litres per 100km, and doesn’t move much from there even out on the highway. Again for the weight I’ve added, I’m happy with that. I have recommended this vehicle to friends and two of them have bought the 2015 model. They're also very happy with there choice.
Love the D Max.
This is the second Isuzu LS-M D max that we have bought and could not be happier. The power is ample and the towing with our 2.9 tonne van is carefree and safe.
We have averaged 12.4 ltr/100klms over the 20,000 klms that we have travelled since purchasing the vehicle in December 2015.
The interior is adequate and is easy to keep clean with the vinyl floor and the dashboard is workable an easy to read.
Keep up the good work.
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
Fuel gauge/ range estimator
Have a show special 2016 d max which when 1/4 full of fuel leaps around giving a range of 210 to 150 to 200 then low fuel etc., all in the space of a few Kms at steady speed,gauge also goes off the screen, then reappears.
Isuzu not helpful dealer trying hard to get reason, other owners I have spoken to have not had the problem, even 2 dealers unaware.
Isuzu state can only fix if a problem, their correspondence is woeful.
Hesitant to get uhf, reversing camera fitted and draws/ sliders fitted in rear until resolved.
Great Ute, Love it
Have done 10,000Km. No hassles great ute to drive on long trips, comfortable ride, fuel varies from 8 to 9.5L/100km. Plenty of leg room, could easily fit 3 kids Seats in the back. Dislikes, the side mirrors make objects look soooo far away I don't see cars sneaking up behind me, also needs mudguards at the front of the rear tyres as they throw mud onto the side steps. Overall just love this ute so much I convinced my parents to buy the M-UX which they enjoy as well. I don't know of any real bad points to say about it. Would definitely recommend to anyone, family, tradie, farmer.
Great vehicle and well built.
It is an honest work vehicle with very little of the refinements that other manufacturers offer. For example it has a functional plastic-vinyl floor covering, a basic bluetooth with steering wheel control of the radio/ CD player, but no GPS is offered.
You know that the engine is diesel from the "clatter" at idle, but the noise isn't intrusive. The seating could offer more in the way of adjustment and lumber support, but it is acceptable for now. I'll know more after our first trip away just how comfortable it is.
We've bought this as our "tu...
Why would you buy anything else!
I looked and drove them all VW, HILUX, RANGER ,NAVARA and went with this 3.0 not over turboed like the rest of them and a very reliable isuzu engine, I'm sure the biggest truck builder in the world knows how to make a good diesel engine plus I wanted the engine to be built by the manufacturer and not some out sourced outlet like the rest of them.Also be wary of dodgy reviews from toyota trolls on this site there not hard to catch out if you read very carefully.
I bought the HI RIDE 4x2 for $29,900 drive away auto, compared to 40k for the other...
- D-MAX RC.I (2012-2016)
1st Ute terrible, second Ute Great.
When l first picked up my ute in January of 2014, a New 2013 Dual Cab, Isuzu Dmax Tray back Ute from Toowoomba, we drove out west about 1000 ks, and then headed back east, did a few trips like this while we moved home and towed a new Westbrook Trailer.
On the second trip hubby said 'there is something wrong with the suspension' and we took it in for an early 3000km check up,
'Nothing Wrong' said the service guy, we this went on for another 20,000km with repeated phone calls, emails, and the 10,000km service.
Nothing wrong my foot!, l got si...
Bilstien suspension recommended &fittedby Dale at Ballarat Driveline has transformed a perambulator
Great easy going drive.lt was a dissapointing old cow of a ride until l got the suspension done-guess though the bullbar & winch out front contributed,but these were dealer fitted,as was the uhf arial that fell off half way home from its inaugaural Christmas day Ballarat Bendigo return trip,at least the half tightened up dealer fitted canopy didn't come unstuck despite lossing one fastening compleley- got some nyloc nuts and lock nutted the others that were all done up not much more than finger tight- did the arial attatchement myself but negle...gted to check the assembly of the arial itself which came apart loosing it on a dirt track-luckily after organizing a search party it was found by some keen eyed young campers who were duely rewarded- l reassembled the thing and backed it up with nito elecrical and grey duct tape with specific instruction at the 3000 k service that no one was to touch it, apart from when checking all fastenings holding on the bullbar and winch-happily the workmanship of the oppositelock crew owned by lsuzu Ballarat was satisfactory,despite the work being done at the Holden workshop/ oppositelock shop.It has a great turning circle but driver allround visability is poor- the bulky front pillars are a liability at intersections,causing approaching vehicles to be hidden from vision unless considerable excessive rubbernecking guesswork is performed- motorcyclists& pedestrians ect.- beware of lsuzus "going thier own way" 75 litre fuel tank good for 900 ks or 600 working hard towing.
No problems what so ever, towed 22ft caravan no problems, great fuel economy, turbo diesel, great d
Look after the vehicle and it will serve you well, never any problems except we sold it.. Great salesman in Shane at Harrison Isuzu Ute, Melton. SHANE ALWAYS LOOKS AFTER Us. Thankyou Harrison Isuzu, a great representative. Nonw we went back to you and you have given us a great deal on a 7 seater MUX Isuzu, diesel, great leg room for everyone. So happy we went back n got a grest deal on an Isuzu Ute for hubby, both tow up to 3 ton, all good n turbo diesal a good engine, thankyou Harrison Isuzu, Melton. N,, salesman Shane.
2013 Dual Cab LSM ... Awesome vehicle - should have bought one sooner
BEST vehicle in its class
I've done 217,000kms so far and could not be happier.
General driving (around town, traffic, air con on, stop start etc) I'm getting around 8.3lt/100kms
Highway (which I do a fair amount of and quite often at 80-90km/hr in 4wd high) I'm getting around 8.0lt/100kms
Highway with no trailer she'll generally run at around 7.8-7.9lt/100kms
I looked at Hilux which seemed overpriced for what you get, I looked at Navara, which I found too many faults in, in short I looked at heaps of options and this was the be...
Big mistake, buy something else.
Gearbox issues from new. Gearbox notchy and noisy. Changed oil and it was full of metal Rebuilt the box, got the car back and it was worse. Eventually got a new gearbox, got treated by servicing department like I was the problem. New gearbox got noisy, sold the car after just 1 year lost $12,000, good riddance.
Had our 15 xrunner for 14000kms and my wife and myself love it. Suspension bit bumpy but it is a ute with no weight in the back. As it gets older have noticed fuel economy getting better, tows well, sat nav good, stereo could be better, rear camera good, good on the beach.
Good Mechanically . Poor paint Quality . Sub - Standard Seats
Great Drive . Good Towing . Completely let down by the drivers seat falling apart after less than two years .
Dealer and customer complaints department not interested , claiming it is not a warrenty issue but due to Ware & Tare . How can that be on a ute that is not even a Tradies vehicle
Great car. My second D max
I have found that the driving experience is even better than the 2011 model and a much better ride.
We will be heading off soon towing our 23' caravan and will try out the auto and the springs on the long road to Mt.Isa and beyond.
It will be a joy to get going again.
Tuff 2014 Isuzu dmax x runner ute
I have owned my dmax x runner manuel for a year now with only 16000 ks so far to good being in the trucking industrie everyone knows Isuzu build good trucks and have been for decades I have driven navaras hiluxes patrols and landcruisers but I went with isuzu cause of the history best ute I have ever bought I haven't had any problems will be a keeper till I go
Great, should have bought one ages ago
Vehicle handles very well, has good leg room front and back and is extremely economical. We have travelled 6,000 ks over the last two months and it has not missed a beat. The D-Max has been bought for towing a caravan and we cannot wait to hit the road on one our adventures.
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