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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.
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Questioned dealership and they ASSURE me that the new turbo is superseded with improved bushings?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.
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.
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
RUST AND GEARBOX PROBLEM
Bought my single cab tray back new in 2013 to tow a trailer as a mowing contractor. Late 2016 had problems with gearbox, jumping out of second gear on steepish downhill runs. Took a year to get it fixed. Around the same time noticed trim on front of bonnet bubbling. This was accepted as warranty fix, but still waiting for it to be done, getting plenty of reminders about service being due, but no mention of bubbling trim being fixed. Have also had rust coming through on the wheels, and chassis, noticeably on the welds. Service manager has starte...d making excuses, stating that the vehicle has been exposed to corrosives. Vehicle has only ever been used to tow trailer on road. My own driveway is dirt, but my feet and shoes have not corroded away yet.
Seatbelts lock when you lean forward, pick something up from the floor or go to adjust the mirror. Isuzu says it's a safety feature but as an end user I say safety issue. You have to stop and undo the belt and let it retract right back before putting it back on and its illegal to stop on a motorway. IDIOTS!!!!! Had other issues but can dealt with those as things that just happen!
Who invented this self locking idiocy?
Nearly as good as a HiLux. The key is an absolute pain. The car self locks if I stop to, say, answer a phone call or look at a view. Don't put the key in your pocket or put it on the key rack, it will lock!! A pain. Is there any way to disable this auto lock activity?
Hardest ride of any 4WD that I've ever ridden in. Consumption goes through the roof if you tow anything.
But in 8 years I've not had any major mechanical costs, other than grill trim falling off.
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.
Not a bad truck, but the service is beyond sub-standard
We have Quite a few Dmaxs in our fleet. The staff love driving them and their not a bad truck on the whole. We have dealt with most of their dealerships within the BNE area and have found their service completely sub standard (not all but the vast majority to be completely accurate) to any other manufacturer we've dealt with in the past 25years, and some of those have been pretty average. I could write a list here a foolscape page long of the comedy of errors, failure to return multiple phone calls no matter what the enquiry is about (standard...practice), forgetting to book service dates into their system, supplying unregistered loan vehicles (yep you heard it), ordering of parts to fit can take multiple visits and a massive time waster (perhaps Isuzu work order HO failure?) to name a few. If They could get their stuff together they would be seriously good alround package, but I'd say the culture is well imbedded and will be difficult to break. Sad really as they seem a good truck. Just don't be afraid to go further afield and look for better service from your chosen dealer because they're not all cut from the same cloth that I know for sure. When you start hearing that circus music.... run!!
Dmax problems from new
the car is basically is ok its never broken down but Iv'e had constant problems ,the clutch was replaced at 5,000kms
problems with alloy rims balance from new never fixed, the cam chain tensioner was replaced at 10,000kms because of a major rattle in the motor (it didn't fix the problem) I was told to run a 5 weight oil, it didn't fix the problem I had Isuzu Australia (Queensland) come to Newcastle to inspect the car I was told every thing was with in tolerance don't worry about the noise (if I wanted to sell the car no one would buy it if th...
Ok for what it is
I have a 2015 diesel D Max company supplied car and had a 2013 diesel model previously. The dash layout has been slightly revised with the clock moving from the instrument cluster to the centre console and is now part of the stereo display. The stereo comes with surround sound which is weird because there are the four front speakers two in the doors and two at the base of the windscreen A pillars and one feeble speaker somewhere in the rear as the D Max I have is a crew cab. The gear ratios have been changed slightly but unfortunately the 5 spe...ed gearbox hasn't. It still has trouble selecting the right gear and is better if used in it's manual mode. Even slowing down to turn into another road in manual mode sees the gearbox moving from 5th down to 4th and although able to pull successfully in 4th a manual change down to 3rd gives a far better response. In Drive touching the brake pedal lightly on a down grade sees the gearbox shifting down but reapplying power has the car revving until the gearbox changes up to 5th or has me doing it manually. The ride is quite good but the seats are terrible being too flat with little to no support. Like the last one there is no carpet just cheap plastic/rubber lining. Dash plastics are cheap too with squeaks. Unlike the last one there has been no mechanical problems with this car and it now has 32,000km on the odometer. Like the last one the key fob is still over sensitive and locks and unlocks at random if other keys on the key ring touch it. The wipers on this one come with variable intermittent control with 6 settings. But there is no gradual progression from maximum time between wipes to the minimum time. From the maximum time to position 4 there is no real difference but positions 5 and 6 are the minimum times. Having had two of these cars I feel they're built to a price rather than up to a standard.
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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