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...
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...
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...
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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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