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Excellent so far, traveled 13,000kms in 10 weeks, towing small pop up van.
Many sealed roads and highways in Northern Australia do not show up on Sat nav. For an off road vehicle I would have thought that mapping info would be current.
So many things to like!
This is a daily long distance and general work horse, the tech features work really well, and the ride is comfortable! My only issue… where are the 12v acc holes!?? I see one, that’s it?
Previously I was driving a Navara STX, it had more holes than a lace curtain, but this one, someone forgot that we live in an interconnected world with everything from microwaves to fridges plus Extras, yet still only one hole to plug into, sure I can buy more, but with 3 glovebox type compartments and a centre console, there is only one 12 v socket. You may...see that this bothers me, cause well, it does haha! But.. moving on, the rest of the LS-u is quite frankly amazing, easy to drive, very light in the steering with a fantastic turning circle compared to its rivals (that I have driven) Well equipped dash cluster (except for the missing 12v sockets) 2 standard USB connections, one for the android auto or IPhone if not using wireless. I would like to see the speed limiter (Isuzu calls Smart) to be actually smart. I’d rather it change on a speed sign than need me to tell it that the speed sign is real, but maybe I misunderstand the term smart? Space is very good, plenty of room, the 6foot son said the back seat was so comfy he could sleep in it on a long drive, front seats are very comfortable yet supporting.
Purchased in June 2021.
Cracked inner guard. Twice in 12 months
Bought new in April 2017. Wanted a premium-ish interior, mods and accessories so Hilux was out of my price range. Was happy with everything for a while and was sold on its engine reliability. It may be the case but there are plenty of other problems which make this car unsuitable for long term ownership. I’ve done 115,000km now and get it serviced religiously every 10,000km including oil and filter. (Oil and filter every 20,000km according to driving manual.)
Here’s what’s failed in 4 years in chronological order.
8 inch head unit button kept f...
Purchased in April 2017.
Now they tell me ......Isuzu big trouble .....
Well this looks like trouble !!! First springs rear broken well its going to be the Ute to bet the rest tops at towing will out run Toyota big fail ...... Now Turbo out it goes and only 13000Klms and 4 mths old well what will be next maybe a trade-in to a real ute at Hi Lux ... should of listened
Purchased in June 2020 at Mornington .
What a lemon
I took a new D'max for a test run and what a piece of rubbish. the manual gearbox is still faulty as it crunches when going from first to second and second to third when cold. This is a problem with the previous models and Isuzu refuse to fix it. Also the consul between the seats is too high and my elbow hits it when trying to go around a corner. The suspension is still the same as previous models so therefore is unable to carry the stated load. Also the brakes are the same as previous so wont pull up the vehicle when fully loaded. Do not know how it received a 5 star safety rating. I suppose if you drive it MT and run into a concrete block then it may be ok but who does that.
Purchased in December 2018 for $50,000.00.
Faulty Bought 2 brand new Izuzu vehicles last year. D-Max and Mux. Mix all good. D-Max a freaking lemon! Was recalled for rear suspension. Dealership has stuffed me around constantly. My windows stopped working and they don't even have the parts to fix it. Car used 4l of oil between 1st and 2nd service and it has a rattle in engine bay that sounds like a bunch of loose bearings. After sale care non existent! Would not recommend Izuzu to anyone!! No after sale service.
Purchased in August 2019 for $50,500.00.
Isuzu D Max - DONT TRUST IT, what’s going wrong with it next?
Purchasing a new Isuzu D Max 4x4 was an aweful mistake!
I need a reliable car to travel to rural parts of NSW to complete Solar, Electrical and Plumbing works and also enjoy 4x4 Camping with kids.
When you invest in a brand new car you expect a lot more than this history.
36,000 km Turbo dies Travelling from Dubbo to Sydney
50,000 Km Aircon dies summer installing solar systems rural NSW trip 80,000 Km springs And suspension need to be replaced
120 000 Km Turbo Dies again.
Purchased in December 2017.
Great truck apart from minor issues
Hi bought this in late 2017 to replace a Toyota Hilux I had owned for 10 years.
When I first test drove it I bought it. Suited me perfectly.
Only 2 issues one is important to me the other not so much.
1. The bluetooth connection to my phone is almost unusable, so I have a separate unit to make calls etc. This means I have an AUX cable to play music from my phone but that doesn't always work. It's a PITA.
2. Turn off the radio and the road noise is quite bad. This is a minor issue for me.
It's done 60ks with no issues. Great truck.
Purchased in September 2017 at Online for $35,000.00.
3rd turbo in 73,000 kms
Purchased a dmax 2 years ago, done 73000 in that time. Currently getting it's 3rd turbo under warranty as the vane bushes cause the turbo vanes to flutter. Looses power at low speeds and hisses through exhaust.
It does a lot of driving with a trailer, 5 days is normal for turnaround from diagnosis to repair.
Questioned dealership and they ASSURE me that the new turbo is superseded with improved bushings?
My response, we'll see at 105000 kms.
Had the evaporator in the air conditioner done under warranty as the ac was not cold.
Dealer has be...
Purchased in May 2018 at Solar Power Victoria for $39,995.00.
Dmax the great
I've just got my 3rd Dmax and just love it. We tow with it and just love going places. Haven't had any issues with any of em. Great for towing and good off road. Fully recommended Isuzu Dmax.
Purchased in August 2019 for $34,000.00.
Improvement over the last model
Changed from a 2015 LS-T (RT-85) to a 2017 LS-U (RT-87). Both have been used to tow a 2000kg boat and they do most of the family trips these days as well.
As with the last model the ride improved significantly after the canopy & tow bar were added, just like the last one did I'm expecting it to settle a bit more once it has done a bit more towing and had the tray loaded a few times. The new model is much freer to rev, quieter and smoother than my old one, the old one did get quieter over time and lost the harshness but was always a little no...isy and never revved as freely as this one has done from new. Never had any reliability issues hence sticking with Isuzu. The auto transmission is a mixed bag in the new model. On the plus side it is very smooth under load and it makes for a quieter ride with the lower revs. On the downside the 4th - 5th gear spread of the new 6 speed auto is greater than the 4th - 5th spread in the old 5 speed auto, 6th gear is too high in most situations unless you are driving fast on flat roads. When towing around 90-100km/hr the torque converter rarely locks up and it seems to operate like a CVT if left in full auto - doing anything it can to get in to 6th - even to the extent 6th in auto mode will rev higher than manually selected 5th gear in the sequential mode. Now using the sequential mode when towing & hold it in 5th, mostly locks up the torque converter and the wider torque band of the new engine compensates so it holds 5th slightly better than the old model when towing, (although any incline will usually require 4th). Overall been happy with both D-Maxs, cheap to own, reliable and they do the job.
Poor gearbox and ilders high
From picking up from the dealership the gearbox clunks into 2nd and 3rd gear and down change back to 1st,The warranty is a waste of time,It ilders up to high and when slowing down with your foot off the accelerator it will take off by itself and may cause a accident
Purchased in January 2020 for $36,000.00.
SO HAPPY TO OWN TWO OF THEM
One for work and one for family transport...
no big issues but on the next service I will get checked gear shifting as it sometime holding in lower gear and higher rpm longer on my LS M , on my SX is perfect no matter if the aircon is on.
Purchased in June 2018.
- D-MAX 4x4 SX (2017-2021)
Good but could be better with very little effort from Isusu
This truck is fully loaded all the time as it has a service body.
Problems specific with this truck are :
1/ Drive by wire throttle has way too much "DELAY OF THE MARK"
2/ Gearing is too tall making 6 gear useless under 110ks... I have to select hold in 5th to stop it hunting.
3/ Little Red display in the middle of the dash is unreadable for any person with over 50s vision.
Apart from the stuff above its great an I trust it to go forever.
The Auto Expert guy on YouTube recons the D-max is like a 10 year old Colorado and that upset me until I realized that he is correct, because I have a 10 year old Colorado and its is bullet proof, so we bought another one.
Purchased in January 2019 at melton isusu.
2017 X Runner Worst purchase I’ve made .
Loss of breaks on daily basis
Alternator over current
Reverse sensor controller falls off
Intercooler pipes left off
Multiple rattles in cab
Troubles engaging 4X4
Rear diff wind up
Can’t put left leg straight
Can’t sit straight
Drivers seat collapsed ...
Purchased in April 2017 for $65,000.00.
Questions & Answers
I am traveling around northern Australia and have found that many sealed roads and highways are not on the sat nav. Can this be upgraded?
The updates would be available when the GPS service is updated, either Tom Tom or Navman company must create this update for the native gps to reflect this.
Google Maps seem to be better with the unsealed roads in my experience, and you can download your maps for offline use.
I upgraded mine and it seemed to fix it. Can’t speak for where you are but definitely helped on the East Coast of Oz and through Sydney. I have a 2017 LSU. Popped out the as card, put it into the computer and paid $160 for 3 or so years worth of free updates? Bit of a rip off in hindsight but worth it plus do a lot of driving with no reception and love the offline maps on gps. Also I’ve heard dealers quoting anywhere from $350-$1000 to do what I did... pretty sure I got the name of the nav website from Isuzu website FAQ. Good luck.
I will be towing a caravan with an ATM of 2800kg. What upgrades to suspension etc should I make?
is there room to fit an auxillary battery under bonnet of 2021 model or does it need to be placed in cabin.
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|Transmission||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic and Manual||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||16" Steel||17" Alloy||16" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Doors||2 to 4||4||2 to 4||2 to 4|
|Seats||2 to 5||5||2 to 5||4 to 5|
|Fuel Consumption||7.7 L/100km||7.7 L/100km||7.9 L/100km||7.9 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||76 L||76 L||76 L||76 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel|
|Max Power||140kW @ 3600 rpm||140kW @ 3600 rpm||130kW @ 3600rpm||130kW @ 3600rpm|
|Max Torque||450Nm @ 1600-2600 rpm||450Nm @ 1600-2600 rpm||430Nm @ 2000-2200rpm||430Nm @ 2000-2200rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Tray Type||Cab Chassis and Pick Up||Pick Up||Cab Chassis and Pick Up||Pick Up|
|Cab Options||Dual, Extra and Single||Dual||Dual, Extra and Single||Dual and Extra|
|Maximum Payload||1,300 kg||1,040 kg||1,034 kg||1,029 kg|
|Ground Clearance||225 mm||235 mm||225 mm||235 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||6 year(s)||6 year(s)||6 year(s)||6 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||225 mm||235 mm||225 mm||235 mm|
|Release date||Feb 2017||Feb 2017||Feb 2017||Feb 2017|
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