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 A$35,000.00.
Expected a basic level
Bottom of the range ute, Space Cab 4x2 ---- 2017 model
First thoughts, being the bottom of the range work ute, one cannot expect too much.
Was driving it around for about a month as its my workplace/office, virtually my home away from home.
The interior itself is severely lacking, no real comfortable place to rest your right arm. The blind spots through the A-pillar's are embarrassing. Have to be extra wary at pedestrian crossings and even cyclists/motorcycles are easily obscured.
Talking on the phone using Bluetooth is beyond a joke, ...
Tried to claim a fault in vehicle but have been denied due to a warranty that is formed to suit company not consumer. Treated like I was lying about cause of damage and then when i requested to talk to actual people who make warranty decisions at Isuzu was advised those that make decisions won't talk to you.
Comfortable and economical
My Dmax drives like a car and is very economical even towing the caravan around Tasmania it pulls up the hills effortlessly giving me 10.9L/100km. The only dislike is the console is too small, there are 2 glove compartments which are also too small and a lack of storage space
2017 Auto Trans problems.
When towing 2,700 kilo caravan on level ground,(after 1100 km run in period no load), 6 speed auto either travels in 4th gear at approx 26-2800 revs, or drops into 6th to around 1600 revs. Moves between 4th and 6th gears without staying in 5th. Using manual shift, will not stay in 5th but goes into 6th which is too high for it, so changes back to 4th. Traveling on the plains using manual mode causes gearbox overheating light to come on. Service Plus Driving report gives grade of 44 out of 100, trying to put blame on driver. I chose auto over...manual on advice from dealer, as auto supposed to know best gear selection. It would appear that auto gearbox not capable of supporting manufacturer's claims of ability to tow 3,500 kg. This was stated by Service Manager. Using almost twice the fuel when towing. Not Happy, Jan. Response please from Isuzu Australia.
Love the Ute, hate the service cost
Fuel economy good, seats comfortable- I can drive 4 hours to a job, get out work and drive home, crook back still OK. AC is great, window washer bottle big, lights good enough. Carries a load well, indeed better with 200-300kg in the back- suspension is truck like but one cannot have real work horse that drives like a rear coil spring show pony (Navara is proof). My vehicle is the basic Extra cab so trim is rudimentary, radio is good, hands free is great, clear and good microphone reception even on the freeway- the phone service provider is the...weak link there. Hate the fact that the car beeps when the keys are in the ignition so one cannot listen to the radio while working near the vehicle, beep bloody beep! Worst thing is the service requirement. The Warranty and Service book says one thing (3000, 10 000, 60 000, 70 000km etc), the dealer (and Isuzu) say every 10 000kms, I am told that I have to take it in for a service at 10 000 for diff oil ($ 20 per litre), 20 000 for engine oil ($ 20 per litre), 30 000 for ? "Inspected Right/ Left Turn Radius", "Shift on the Fly system gear oil"? (Actually it is a 2WD so there isn't one but they did check it at 20 000 km). I would definitely buy another but the fact that they treat the customer like a Muppet is irritating. I called Isuzu, they were polite but said my Warranty Service Book was a misprint and I need to take it to a dealer for replacement- everything else is good. It is not. Oil is too dear, service interval too close and the number of crap things that they supposedly check is wrong. I am glad I am not a non-mechanical person- they would just get skinned and not know that they are being done like a dinner- at least I can whinge about it. I would like variable wiper and climate control but not worth the big price jump, the tyres are a hard compound and on country roads are a little skittish at speed and in particular in the wet, but seem to hang on despite feeling a little light, aqua-planing on the Hume is common but that is as much the puddles as the compound. On balance happy enough, like I said I would buy another but to get a receptive response from Isuzu Ute would be better than "computer says no!"
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Doors||2 to 4|
|Seats||2 to 5|
|Fuel Consumption||7.7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||76 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 3.0L Turbo Diesel|
|Max Power||130kW @ 3600rpm|
|Max Torque||e 430Nm @ 2000-2200rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand|
|Tray Type||Cab Chassis and Pick Up|
|Cab Options||Dual, Extra and Single|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,500 kg|
|Maximum Payload||1,029 kg|
|Ground Clearance||225 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||6 year(s)|
|Release date||Feb 2017|
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