We love the Dmax git new in 2013 from toowoomba new we never test drove one till the day we pick the car up since then love got 87000 never had a problem with it yet pulls the camper like no tomorrow wife loves it, I have but a few thing on her since new. Would buy another one if I could or a mux go Isuzu love it and go your own way.
Performance is great
Handling is easy
Noise is minimal for a diesel
Received free dash mats so the dashboard is good, has touch screen and phone connectivity.
large amount of leg room in both front and back.
Very reliable and havent had an issue since the day we brought it.
Should have bought one years ago
Brought a lsu crew cab about 12 months ago and love it handles great tows great has great fuel economy when towing our 2.5 camper on and off road . Have owned 5 different land cruisers over the years and wish I had brought a dmax earlier a very good car for the family or work
i would buy another one
good on open road- a handful in coles carpark. tis a bit noisier than i expected.
comfortable seating- good vision
fuel economy is great
comes with 17 inch alloy road wheels and 16 inch steel spare!!- 4 highway terrain and 1 all terrain
key is very sensitive- can unlock car with key in pocket
Car drives well! My wife can even drive it (and she couldnt drive manual before this car!) Handles well and drives smooth, one tank lasts a long time as well! Great family car, my little one fits comfortably in the back and loves being able to look out the windows!
I have put this vehicle thru heaps, travelled the Cape, Camerons Corner, Tassie back blocks and got over BIG RED first attempt.
On the bitumen and absolute pleasure to drive.
My only reservation, not a negative but suspension a little rigid for passenger comfort..
However 9.5 out of 10
Love my D-Max
We went to have a look at the Isuzu because we needed something better to tow our caravan with, we only went to look, and we came home with a new D-Max, we fell in love with the X-Runner as soon as we saw it. It tows our caravan beautifully, has everything we want, really quiet inside, and really economical. Really good purchase price.
It's the best Tug I have had
After getting rid of a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland (that could not pull pussy up a hill) and purchasing the new LS-T Isuzu D Max 4 Door Ute,it was the best move I have ever made. I have traveled over the state of Tasmania and it hasn't missed a beat. I don't even know the van is behind me. We started in QLD and come down through NSW and VIC on our trip.
Excellent on and off road
Excellent vehicle, can't fault. It is also excellent on and off road. We have the automatic transmission and I would recommend a oil cooler for towing with an automatic of any vehicle brand. This vehicle has been up to Kalumburu and back without any problems (can't say the same with the Kimberley Kamper) Would purchase again.
after 45 years..our first choice for a new vehicle
Driving is easy. .handles great.
Comfortable seats.plenty leg room
Reliable great looking ute. Smooth running.
Simply love the look and easy handling.
Recommend a test run of this ute...best decision you will make . We waited 45 years for this amazing ute to evolve.
3ton towing capacity. Cant wait to hitch the van
September 5th 2017 Update: 10 months on..still love our DMAX.
Easy to handle. Manouvres well and runs quiet.. Over 10klm per 1 litre diesel . Very comfy seats and good leg room.. Starts first time - every time. Best choice we ever made . Simply love our DMax dual cab tray back .. very safe & easy to handle. And did i mention it has 3.5 ton towing capacity . Awesome ...January 6th 2019 Update: 2years on and still looks and runs like new Runs perfect, never an issue. Very happy with service with added car clean and wash. What can we say...just love our Xmas. First and only brand new car...after 47 years of second hands...We made best decision ever..the DMAX was for us. Highly recommend if you are looking for a tough ute to do the job. Its the Real ute.
Very comfortable and fantastic to drive. Love it!!
Bought our LSU D-Max in November 2016, took it to Canberra from Brisbane for a 'run', to get an idea of how it will go on a 'big' trip. I have to say we are very impressed with it. Heaps of power climbing the Toowoomba Range, and being a new motor we were surprised as to how the economy was going on the trip south, around 9-10L/100klms. By the time we had to return we were getting closer to the claimed economy, 8.8-9.5L/100klms. But still needs a few more Klms to get there. Running around NW Brisbane we are getting 8.9-9.2L/100klms. Unfortunat...ely only got around 4000klms on the clock due to an issue with the ride-on mower deciding to throw me off, and copping a spinal fracture. Ouch! Yep not good, so we are not getting out and about much at present. Even with that injury the D-Max is extremely comfortable to travel in to Doctors appointments considering our dodgy mountain road. Handling is very good, both on the mountain road corners where we live and on the straight open roads to Brisbanes' northern suburbs. Occasionally we can hear the radiator fan cut in, and the engine change gears up and down as we climb the mountain, but the noise is definitely not a concern. Considering this is a (light) truck, it is quite expected and acceptable. So far we have only had to put fuel in to it, and the Canberra trip saw us getting better tank range as we clocked up the klms. From an estimated 700klms to the tank from new (1st tank - of which the dealer filled in our presence) to an estimated excess of 900klms to the tank now. So I would assume that as we get a few more klms up it will get over 1000klms to the tank, which makes for a great tourer. Looking forward to some serious travels. Costs wise we made 5 fuel stops/top-ups from Brisbane to Canberra and return. Most impressed with how it went on the trip. We got the Tour Mate package that was on sale at the time, so didn't need to buy any immediate extras, it came with a Canopy, Tow-bar, Tub liner, Weather-shields and Bonnet protector. Very impressive package. Had we purchased when we first looked, some months earlier, we would have had to spend quite a few $$$ to upgrade to this package. Edit: 6th May 2017 - Well we have just returned from a trip out to Cameron Corner, the long way, via St George, Cunnamulla, Thargomindah, Innaminka, the Strzelecki track, and back around to the corner. Can't say how impressed we were with the D-max. Economy got down to 7.4L/100k on some sections. We did hundreds of klms in 4wd on the 'track' and the Cameron Corner road back out to Tibooburra, then to White Cliffs, there ended the dirt and 4wd. 4000klms plus. An amazingly competent and comfortable vehicle.
Not a bad truck, but the service is beyond sub-standard
We have Quite a few Dmaxs in our fleet. The staff love driving them and their not a bad truck on the whole. We have dealt with most of their dealerships within the BNE area and have found their service completely sub standard (not all but the vast majority to be completely accurate) to any other manufacturer we've dealt with in the past 25years, and some of those have been pretty average. I could write a list here a foolscape page long of the comedy of errors, failure to return multiple phone calls no matter what the enquiry is about (standard...practice), forgetting to book service dates into their system, supplying unregistered loan vehicles (yep you heard it), ordering of parts to fit can take multiple visits and a massive time waster (perhaps Isuzu work order HO failure?) to name a few. If They could get their stuff together they would be seriously good alround package, but I'd say the culture is well imbedded and will be difficult to break. Sad really as they seem a good truck. Just don't be afraid to go further afield and look for better service from your chosen dealer because they're not all cut from the same cloth that I know for sure. When you start hearing that circus music.... run!!
Great ute. Very economical and capable of tough tasks
My vehicle has the Pedders GVM upgrade which does result in some rigidity in the ride when empty. However when loaded to capacity, this vehicle doesnt miss a beat. Very stable. Full loading barely affects fuel economy either which was a pleasant surprise. 800km from a tank of diesel is no problem. Very reliable versus Ranger and much better value for money than Hilux. Great farm ute overall and highly recommended.
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...
- 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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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