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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.
Quite disappointing for a 2016 vehicle.
Purchased a '16 lsu s/h in 2018 and drove 1000km home, almost couldn't walk (stopped for short sleep on way), the seat comfort, or should I say lack of comfort is unbelievable - I can compare directly to my other 2 vehicles, both of which were built in the '80's, a hilux and a volvo respectively. and they are way ahead.
The suspension doesn't help either, and, yes I am familiar with how utes should ride having owned a 4x4 hilux with heavy suspension for almost 30 years - when I can afford it I will be replacing the entire suspension - but with ...
Purchased in June 2018 at Isuzu Mebourne for $40,000.00.
Test drive first
Company purchased new 2020 release single cab automatic in November.
I drive from Coffs to grafton daily on now completed dual highway. Driver assist can be good in this instance, particularly the ability to auto sit a set distance behind the vehicle ahead.
On normal country roads a different story. Narrower roads where you want to sit closer to the centre is white line, it is a constant battle, fighting the steering wheel where it want to go. Twice on sunny clear days it has shown on heads up display to brake and disabled cruise control sudde...
Purchased in November 2020.
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.
Very unhappy with the clutch
We purchased a Dmax LS-M manual new in October 2019. Almost the first thing I noticed was that I was having to push the clutch pedal to the floor to get a reliable gear change. Took it back to the dealer for review and was told "they are all like that". As it turns out the clutch is hydraulic and supposedly self adjusting. It cannot be adjusted manually. I find pushing the pedal to the floor very wearing. I am hoping that somewhere along the line I find a solution in Google.
Also we live and work on a farm. Our surrounding roads are all dirt...and vary in condition from fair to dreadful. The LS-M has heavier rear suspension and is very uncomfortable on poor roads. It would no doubt improve with a good load in the back but 99% of our driving is with loads less the 100kg and mostly less than 20kg. If we end up keeping it I will need to do something about the rear suspension. At only 400kms I am not aware of anything it does particularly well but the engine does seem good to me. I have seen other reviews complaining about noise levels but coming from a Navara D22 it seems very quiet to us. All in all I think this purchase was a mistake for us given our circumstances.
Purchased in October 2019.
Uncomfortable, slow and noisy
Seriously uncomfortable. I do long driving and this Ute is the worse vehicle for comfort. The engine is hideously noisy and the transmission is terribly slow. The engine is horribly noisy and underpowered. The road noise is dreadful. The ride will make you feel sick on poor rod surfaces. Other than that it is a great car : /
Purchased in June 2019.
Big mistake, buy something else.
Gearbox issues from new. Gearbox notchy and noisy. Changed oil and it was full of metal Rebuilt the box, got the car back and it was worse. Eventually got a new gearbox, got treated by servicing department like I was the problem. New gearbox got noisy, sold the car after just 1 year lost $12,000, good riddance.
2013 LS-M dual cab. Wouldn't buy another one
Purchased dec 2013. 5 speed manual. Gear shift is dodgy, feels sticky changing through gears like you have to force it in gear, got told by Isuzu this is normal, even though I drove another and the gearshift was fine. Passenger seatbelt locks whilst on and has to be undone to rectify. Front seats are shaped like a banana (closest comparison) so they force your back out and your neck forward, have to lean it back to use. Fuel consumption is good 8.3/100. Keys are super bump sensitive. No auto light turn off and key hole doesn't light up. Sea...t belt, 'light on' and 'key remain' beeper and grammar drives me nuts. Especially when you're on property opening and closing gates and chasing cattle. They are not that quiet inside whilst driving, appears to be window noise. Towing, I feel they're a little gutless when you need the power, definitely would not be towing 3.5t with it! Up side. They travel well and handle various roads and basic off road situations quite well, surprisingly. And they look good. I'll see what the Isuzu warranty people will do with any of the above, but as you have read with problems above the likeliness of purchasing another one is lining up pretty close to 0.
Not impressed with its lack of guts.
I have had Isuzu d-max single cab two drive for just on 12 mths,NOT IMPRESSED,Engine is noisy at low speed,I have a 5 speed manual you have to take it to around about 3000 revs to keep up with the traffic,on the open road or highway if you want to over take a slower vehicle traverling around 90 to 100 kms you have to change to 4th gear to get around them or it just does not happen,before I bought the d max I had a Madza BT 50 2.5 litre turbo diesel, it had 100 kilawatts,the Dmax is 130 kilawatts,but the Madza would crap all over this one. Fuel economy is good,comfort is fair,ride is fair,it is able tow 3 ton,on the flat yes,hilly country it would really struggle.
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.
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...
Fuel Consumption Poor
2010 D-Max LSU thought I purchased a family car with nothing to spend. Very wrong besides the 13L per 100K and that's just with me in it, they say 9.5L what [censored word removed]. Then I tried putting a medium load in the back thanks to the [censored word removed] up suspension it came home on its bump stops. Ute has only done 51000km and now needs $2000.
Suspension up grade and possibly air bags for towing boat's or van's. One more thing the speedo is out by at least 5%. Thanks to other people giving [censored word removed] reviews I have a nice white ute that loves diesel and super great suspension???
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). ...
Questions & Answers
blew my diff, just wondering if a LSD rodeo diff would bolt straight in?
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 have a 2021 Dmax LSU space cab, it only has rear parking sensors can i add front parking sensors ?
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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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