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.
Noisy rear end
Just an update in case anyone else has the same noise. I own a June 2012 D-Max and it now has 40,600Km on the clock. It's been awesome so far and I love it. Only problem is a clonking noise in the back that started after a big trip away on some really rough roads. It happens when turning tight corners. Dealer has finally tracked it down to worn rubber pads between the chassis and tub. They have ordered parts so hope they are right and its nothing major. I also hope it's covered by Warranty. I'm a bit disappointed they have worn out so quick when I haven't ever had much in the back.
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.
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
Automatic Locking Restraints (Front passenger seatbelts)
We recently purchased a D Max & this idea of "ALR" (automatic locking restraints) in the front passenger seat is a real pain & a worry. I've contacted Isuzu & asked if there is anyway the seatbelt can be adjusted or replaced, as I to find it very frustrating and even worst a safety issue. The trouble is, when a bigger person is in the front passenger side the belt locks & the only way to undo the seat belt & retract it fully back, its not practical to stop the vehicle every time it locks (we wouldn't get very far). Isuzu claim it's for the safe...ty of children, I would have thought the backseat is a better option for the safety of children, & the front seat focus would be comfort & safety of adults? I really love my DMAX, but I really HATE the front passenger seat-belt idea. Does anyone else have this problem? or does anyone have any solutions ? another seatbelt fitted? Front passenger seat belt (automatic locking) I believe its a safety issue.
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
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.
2013 LS-M D-Max Manual
Turned over my 4 year old GLX-R triton for the current model LS-M Dmax in September 2013. Just clocked 10,000 km in it a week back.
So far it has been great. Fuel economy is 8l/100km pretty much all the time. It doesn't have as much acceleration as the Triton, but I don't really need that anyway. To be honest, it drives better than the Triton as well. The iphone integration is great.
A few minor things that could be improved 1) Auto off headlights, its not a biggy, but is a standard in most vehicles 2) Voice dial as standard in the in c...ar system, why not? 3) The microphone for the hands free is in the dash and not line of sight, so the microphone is average at best. Getting 800km per tank at the moment. Reliable, fuel economy, drives well Seats are not that comfortable.
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...
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
Good but a couple of things spoil it
Purchased brand new D-Max April 2013 .Delivery was delayed by finding cv joint boot was torn good that they found it but why 5 weeks to get a replacement? Also when I asked the SERVICE ADVISOR questions about the fuel filter it sounded like he did not know much but tried to bluff his way through.
reasonable price economy feels solid
service leaves a lot to be desired
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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