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Error lights on dash
I use cruise control in all my cars everyday for safety of speeding.
Also I purchased this Ute for its 5 star safety rating.When it rains Or has been raining I get 3 error lights on the dash which disengages the cruise and crash midagation due to the clean windscreen needing cleaning ?? My Ute has 2,000klms on it and this has happened 25 times.
Today another error for DPD ,when I speak to Isuzu they say they all do this .What a load of rubbish. I did buy 5 star rated car with cruise control not to be able to use it..
Pathetic to say the least,I have lodged a complaint with Isuzu Australia and booked the car in to be looked at.I expect then to tell me they all do this again which consumer affairs will be contacted.
Purchased for $64,000.00.
Tech misses the mark in 2021
For the latest model to hit the road the IDAS is absolutely horrible, in fact I’d almost say it’s dangerous! Turning it off it not a simple task but leaving it on often means fighting with the steering wheel (not in a way you should be). I’ve driven plenty of different makes and models with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise and so on and sadly Isuzu have really failed here.
The ride is comfortable however, and the suspension is to be expected on a 4x4 dual cab. It has plenty of power but when towing struggles to maintain a low RPM.
Purchased in August 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Noisy when dling bluetooth phone talk.
Use for work, a lot of 4wding and Highway. average 50k per year.
Bluetooth is really bad everyone that I am talking to, they all complain. Diesel noise is loud too in the cabin.
Purchased in July 2017.
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.
It's got its good points and not so good
When people call it an honest workhorse, they mean devoid of creature comforts and rough as guts. And maybe tough. Which closely describes my 2016 D-Max LS.
I have had mine for three years now since brand new.
No recalls, no major issues or breakdowns, all issues are due to its character.
Jumping right in: It really likes to rev before changing gears unless you are Sunday driving. In reality, the useable torque seems between 2400 and 3000rpm. It does not make sense why the ECU/ECT allows it to frequently rev past 3000rpm before ...
Purchased in April 2016 at Isuzu Dealers for $40,000.00.
- D-MAX RC.I (2012-2016)
Is the D-Max a genuine tradesman type vehicle
Brought a 2015 D-Max Space Cab with alloy tray as a replacement for my 2010 PK Ranger (still the most reliable 4WD I have ever owned). The D Max is fitted with a steel bull bar (dealer fitted) and from day one vibrated. The whiplash was so violent when you hit rough roads that it snapped off 2 High Gain mobile aerials attached the bull bar mounting. The dealer has never been able to resolve the issue. In my opinion I think the steel bull bar is too heavy for the front suspension. Solved the issue of the High Gain aerial by shifting it to a fend...er mount. The next issue was the whole passenger side of the vehicle developed a 30mm lean. The dealer initially claimed that the vehicle was not loaded correctly. Put the vehicle on a weigh bridge and the loadings on front and rear axles were within the specifications and the total vehicle weight was at 72% loading. (tray rated at 1000kg). Rearranged the load (vehicle has a constant tray load of about 600kg) to no avail. Dealer could not resolve. Vehicle developed a vibration through out the drive chain that even at idle the bull bar and spotlights shuddered. Despite investigations it was never resolved. The vehicle has travelled 140,000km now and the motor is starting to shown signs of getting a little tired. The blue tooth connection is also failing despite a request to the dealer to investigate which was never resolved. Despite its shortcomings it has always had a good fuel consumption (approx 10l / 100km) and the ride is very comfortable. The space cab area is quite surprising in how much equipment you can fit. If you are looking a smart looking ute that sits on the driveway from Monday to Friday looking good then go camping / fishing or bush bashing on the weekends then it would suit your needs perfectly. As a hard working tradie ute carrying a constant load maybe not so.
Purchased in March 2016 for $40,000.00.
the Isuzu canopy is no good , after 3 years the side glass on the r h side of lift up window started to come out of holder, Isuzu would not fix it as canopy is warranted for 3 years or 100,000 km, the repairer told me the frame is buckled and needed a new one. so I will have to keep window closed.not good enough when vehicle is 5 years warranty ,I had it back to Isuzu a few times to stop it leaking .
Good quality build but seriously uncomfortable
I purchased my 2017 LSU as a demo model in March this year. It had been sold to someone else who traded it in on a Toyota after 6 days of ownership because of his back problem. I have now covered 22,000kms. The ute is well built and reliable. It drives well. That said, the poor quality blue tooth is a problem with people that I call telling me that they can barely hear me. If I press my nose against the windscreen when driving, I can just carry on a telephone conversation. The worst feature is the lack of comfort on the seats. People who tell y...ou they are very comfortable are just exaggerating. I have owned four other utes and the Izuzu is by far the worst comfortwise. After a 300km journey you are like a cripple with back pain and a sore backside. I do a lot of kms each year and this has become a real problem. I actually wrote to Isuzu, received a nice but totally unhelpful reply. I recently spoke to my mechanic who does my servicing. His words were "Isuzu are a well built and reliable vehicle but they lack the refinements of other 4wds in the market. They are not quite there yet. " I can only agree with this view. Will I buy another Isuzu? Well, the jury is out on that one. Regards Bob
Questions & Answers
I own a current model dmax dual cab LSU and have had an ongoing limp mode problem, the first time this happened it was towed to local dealership where they said the problem was a software issue and updated the programme, this extraordinary given my car had only done 5000kms, so fast forward 2 months and once again back into limp mode. DPF light flashing ( indicating burn is necessary) however burn does not take place after getting to temperature, DPF still flashing after driving some 4kms then front camera lights up on dash saying unavailable and it is a clear day, along with this several other dash icons. So DMAX going back to dealership tomorrow morning, fingers crossed they actually get it sought once and for all!
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.
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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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