For a couple of months I have had a 4WD LS-U dual cab with canopy. The interior is comfortable and everything falls to hand easily and works well. Reception and sound quality with the bluetooth phone is good, though the menu system for the phonebook doesn't seem to work well. Don't get me wrong, the phonebook works it just seems clunky to someone used to using a contemporary smart phone. The front seats are comfortable, but lumbar adjustment would be nice. Apparently the rear seats are better (i.e. less vertical) than those in a Hilux, but I...cannot comment because I haven't sat in the rear seats and don't intend to. The engine and auto transmission are great and work well around the city, on highway and dirt tracks. I must admit that the thought of a 5-speed auto didn't thrill me, but in practice it works incredibly well and doesn't need an extra cog. Handling and suspension are the ute's Achilles heel. It would be a 5 star if the suspension and handling were better. Around town it wallows around corners and round-a-bouts in an unnerving fashion. I previously had a Hilux set up comparably, and the handling of the D-Max around town is significantly worse than the Hilux. There's no reason that the D-Max should handle so poorly around town. New shocks are apparently the fix, but I don't see why Isuzu don't just put good shocks in to begin with. To date I haven't taken it off road, but don't expect any surprises -- no doubt it will be comparable to other 4WD utes.
An absolute GEM.
Done 28000 kms, towed tandem trailer from Whyalla to Qld twice. Great fuel economy, comfort, no rattles or problems. Will be towing a c'van starting 2016 and i reckon will cruise with confidence with the choice. Will change tyres before setting out on the hwy. Thank you Pt Augusta Isuzu, great team you guys/gals are.
2013 LS-M dual cab. Wouldn't buy another one
Purchased dec 2013. 5 speed manual. Gear shift is dodgy, feels sticky changing through gears like you have to force it in gear, got told by Isuzu this is normal, even though I drove another and the gearshift was fine. Passenger seatbelt locks whilst on and has to be undone to rectify. Front seats are shaped like a banana (closest comparison) so they force your back out and your neck forward, have to lean it back to use. Fuel consumption is good 8.3/100. Keys are super bump sensitive. No auto light turn off and key hole doesn't light up. Sea...t belt, 'light on' and 'key remain' beeper and grammar drives me nuts. Especially when you're on property opening and closing gates and chasing cattle. They are not that quiet inside whilst driving, appears to be window noise. Towing, I feel they're a little gutless when you need the power, definitely would not be towing 3.5t with it! Up side. They travel well and handle various roads and basic off road situations quite well, surprisingly. And they look good. I'll see what the Isuzu warranty people will do with any of the above, but as you have read with problems above the likeliness of purchasing another one is lining up pretty close to 0.
Not impressed with its lack of guts.
I have had Isuzu d-max single cab two drive for just on 12 mths,NOT IMPRESSED,Engine is noisy at low speed,I have a 5 speed manual you have to take it to around about 3000 revs to keep up with the traffic,on the open road or highway if you want to over take a slower vehicle traverling around 90 to 100 kms you have to change to 4th gear to get around them or it just does not happen,before I bought the d max I had a Madza BT 50 2.5 litre turbo diesel, it had 100 kilawatts,the Dmax is 130 kilawatts,but the Madza would crap all over this one. Fuel economy is good,comfort is fair,ride is fair,it is able tow 3 ton,on the flat yes,hilly country it would really struggle.
Good but depends what you are wanting it for
Bought this new a few months ago as a tow vehicle for a 2,000kg boat. Turned out to be better than expected so often gets used as the main family vehicle instead of our normal car. The car is definitely more comfortable but the ute is good enough and its practicality means it is often the first choice in the driveway. Reversing camera makes parking a big vehicle relatively easy, also got front sensors added aftermarket which are worth the money around town.
Ride quality without the canopy & towbar was quite bad, once the canopy & towbar went o...
2012 model lsm twin cab ute, bought new feb 2013, I don' believe any other brand of ute could be any better than this one, we have been all over oz towing 16ft poptop and there is no way any other ute could do the job as good as this one, 15,000k las trip with a lot of weight on van and ute for 11.3lt 100k, very comfortable and smooth. Love it! Due for new ute next year and it will be another d-max, wouldn't consider anything else, bought it from Gilbert and roach at hunting dale, they were great to deal with and I'll get the next on there, it's very satisfying to to purchase something which is great value for money.
- These come with marvellous engines with oil leaks from factory showroom. Common rear main seal leaks, sump seal and noise from gear box without clutch in.
- The drive train CV joints are prone to breaking if you take it offroad.
- rattles all throughout car
- paint work is thin and rust spots when car got delivered after my money was taken.
Since owning this car and putting 60k on it since the problems were fixed, it has proven itself to me. Currently at 80k and car feels like it's only getting better.
Turn off traction control and fit a rear locker and it'll get you there.
2012 Isuzu D-Max
Great ute I am a logging contractor in NZ so this ute goes through water mud dust you name it every day. We also have a 2011 Hilux and a 2011 BT-50 Mazda. Used as work utes. All have been reliable considering the work they do the Mazda split a front cv cup at 45,000ks the D-Max has a very solid feel to it when driving and it actually has grease points underneath (pretty important when going through water alot) the other two utes don't. The D-Max has 50,000ks on it with no problems at all very happy with it and when it comes time to upgrade I'll...be buying another D-Max I won't be trading this ute in on a new one, I'll be passing it down the ranks, that's how much confidance I have in this ute. PS: the engine in the D-Max is G10 rated wich means 90% are expected to do 500,000ks before needing any repairs. 3 years 90,00km 2 sets of mud tyres 2 warrants absolutely no issues so far still very happy Reliability, fuel economy Rear mud flaps to long I rip them off when backing over mud ect
Absolutley love it !
I love my D- Max . It now has 50k on the clock. Average consumption is at 8.2l/100k.. As an off road vechile this is perfect for the family when we go camping.. I also tow my heavy fibreglass boat at almost 2tonne and I have to remind myself there is a boat on the back when on the highway.. Just love it.. Has that mix of a truck like feel with comfort which suits me perfectly. Not to mention I just love the shape and look with the chrome grill!
10k Replacement LS-M
This 2014 model has now got digital press button dash display...pain in the [censor word removed]. 09 model was easy and effective to change. How does "Elapse time" help me drive? new model has steel rim as spare so now unless I replace it with an alloy, I cannot rotate it every 10k to maintain even tyre wear among all 5 wheels. No rear speakers in the doors even though the ports are there!!!! Dust ingress is more evident around doors.
Gear box VERY notchy from 1st to 2nd gear, most times crunches. Must make low rev change very smooth and carefully.
I will not speak kindly to others considering a D-Max. Was very happy with 09 model........why did they mess with it?
Poor warranty backup
Just signed up for a new Dmax space cab auto! Wanted a red one, there is one on the boat so need to wait 6/7 weeks. Traded my 2012 Triton which, while being a reliable vehicle, is thirstier than a camel at a waterhole. 11/12 L/100k's sitting on 105KPH on the highway. I am SO looking forward to the fuel savings!!!! Will update as I go.
cheap to run
My Wife and I purchased a new Dmax high ride 4x4 3ltre td sx crew cab from Sutton's Arncliffe April 2014 we left Newcastle 9/12/2014 Towing a caravan,21foot travelling aussie to date we have travelled 59000 k's and averaged 13.95 litre's every 100 k.In strong head winds our fuel consumption rose to 14.9 litre per 100k's.
One complaint the seats will not suit someone with bad backs, and should be on ones mind if travelling long distance.
The after sales service is great but service availability in towns like Mt Isa be prepared to travel long d...
What a great ute!
I have now driven almost 14,000 km in my new D-max Ute. It is comfortable, roomy, powerful and relatively light on fuel. At the first service, the dealership at Sutherland Isuzu was friendly and most professional. I've taken it into some challenging situations in the Vic High Country, where it has proved to be an outstanding performer.
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...
Automatic locking restraints
We love our D-Max... Except for the automatic locking restraint on front passenger seatbelt. VERY annoying & time-consuming having to stop every few kms to unlock it... That's the only solution at this stage! Children under 12 are not advised to ride in front seat with airbags fitted... So why have ALR's? If no solution can be found, we will be looking at selling as we want to travel around Australia & it will take long time having to stop & release seatbelt.
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...
Virtually problem free.
Bought 2012 D-Max LS Terrain three weeks after released. No real problems, just minor irritations. Electronic key is poorly designed, buttons are too big and easy to accidentally push. I often come back to find it unlocked because key button was pushed by my wallet or something else in my pocket as I walked away.
In dash nav system is counter intuitive, difficult to operate and the irritating warning about not watching DVDs while driving displays for far too long.
'Key left' alarm is a major pain in the butt. As a contractor I used to always ...
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!
Very happy with vehicle drives beautifully and has many extra features also sales man service and dealership very Curtis and helpful
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