Isuzu makes trucks not cars
Its a SUV truck, sounds like a truck, tows like a truck, trucks along all day. We have had since brand new and only trouble we had when first had it was the gearbox, it wouldnt change into top sometimes while doing 100kmph or could be in top while town cruising at 40-60kmph, fixed it by towing a 3t excavator 250km in 4th.
Purchased in July 2014 for $48,990.00.
Extremely poor tow vehicle due to changed gearing.
I purchased a new Isuzu MU-X August 2020 as a tow vehicle on the recommendation of friends who have slightly older models; most tow much heavier caravans than mine - they say easily in 5th gear.
However, it seems that Isuzu in their wisdom changed the overall gearing of the MY-20 LS-T, so what was a perfectly good tow vehicle has become extremely poor for that purpose.
Previous models were doing 2000 rpm at 100 kph in 5th gear which was around the maximum torque rpm and ideal for towing. The MY20 is only doing 1750 rpm at 100kph in 5th and c...onsequently has very little power or torque at that speed. It barely manages to change out of 4th gear, where it is revving, noisy and fuel inefficient. If towing in manual to reduce engine noise, there is a lot of torque converter slip which I'm told will result in overheating the transmission fluid. Due to the high gearing it struggles to maintain 6th gear into any sort of a head wind when not towing - even in manual mode and is a better proposition locked in 5th if into a head wind or on an undulating road. I would suggest to those wanting a decent tow vehicle to look elsewhere than the Isuzu MU-X as this is the most disappointing vehicle I've ever purchased. As a tow vehicle there is very little comparison between the performance of the MU-X and the Holden Colorado I previously owned!
Purchased in August 2020 for $57,000.00.
Be careful about warranty ending
Just offering some advice on my recent experience. But before I start, I am very happy with my 2015 mux. However when I had a problem with my SD card and my vehicle was 21 days past it’s warranty period, Isuzu Ute Australia would not cover it. My local dealer who I didn’t buy the vehicle from quoted me $1200.00 for a replacement. I ended up get a new replacement SD card from another dealer for $321. It took less than 5 mins to swap over and had all the latest sat nav updates. So it’s worth while getting your vehicle thoroughly checked before the warranty expires.
Purchased in July 2017.
Reliable and affordable
Very impressed with the fuel economy and comfort of my new MUX. With all 7 seats up I can still fit my bugaboo bee stroller in the boot, the features and technology is great and the leather seats and red LED door lights are very stylish. We have had no troubles with this car and will not hesitate to buy another new one in 3 years time. great family car for a great price.
Purchased in May 2020 at Coffs coast Isuzu.
This car is used for for commuting and towing our van. We use it most days in a mix of city and country driving. We service this car as per Isuzu spec, but may do more oil changes as I would like to see the oil kept cleaner. We have had this car for nearly 40,000 and had no issues whatsoever. These are a very basic car, with few bells and whistles, but they have a very good engine. Towing the van (17 foot) returns 13l and, country driving, can get down a low as 7.5l. My wife drives this car mostly in a mix of city driving, with some country, and, has no regard for fuel economy, she gets 9.5 to 10l mostly.
Purchased in October 2018.
Changed from a prado to the new mux.
Maybe not quite as refined but still a nice car
Good engine and gearbox Tows well 1500 kg camper. Good air conditioning and touch screen Bluetooth works good
Brings a smile to my face
Purchased this car with a view to towing a van in a couple of years. I am a car nut and did a lot of research and realised that the Isuzu is not high tech or rated the best in class but the pricing and reputation for reliability interested me. This is to be a 10 year car. A test drive convinced me, the driving experience, a bit like a comfortable Massey Ferguson tractor, put a smile on my face. Now 4 months down the track I still love driving it, the engine is a bit gruff, but characterful, reasonably economical and it is surprisingly quiet onc...e cruising, even with AT tires I had fitted. I love the understressed nature of it, Negatives: a bit noisy around town, low tech stereo, a bit of body roll, small fuel tank. Positives:ARB long range tank $1300 is a good accessory, cruises easily, economical, ride quality, good sound quality from stereo, long warranty, price (haggle) ......hopefully reliability, so far so good...
Purchased in November 2019.
The perfect car for me....
I purchased a brand new Isuzu MU-X and have never been happier with the fantastic choice that I made with choosing the MU-X over all other model SUVs that where also available. It was the best by far! A super smooth ride to and from work daily and where ever else I decide to go... road trips etc ! never a problem. My new ride has just had its first complementary service with absolutely no issues. A mechanically sound, super economical, reliable vehicle that is an absolute pleasure to drive. Comfortable and roomy for longer drives, a good perf...ormance vehicle all round as expected. The reversing camera is a brilliant, accurate asset, is very visable and clear, makes parking anywhere a breeze. I love my new car in every way! Extremely happy!!!
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Basic reliable white goods on wheels
Our MUX was purchased about 2 years, 30,000 kms ago as a replacement for our 2015 Subaru Outback, itself a good car. As we needed something more appropriate to tow our camper trailer. After spending a working lifetime (35 years), driving 70 Series land cruisers and Hi Luxes around the country I knew I'd like a change from these highly capable if somewhat uncomfortable steeds.
After doing some research we decided the Isuzu Mux could be the best choice, especially after reading the user reviews in Product Review as it seemed to be the car that h...
Two years after purchasing new, the MUX is performing as expected with no problems experienced and just scheduled services. Used for long distant drives as well as around the paddocks towing a trailer. Sometimes pulls a caravan when needed for holidays.
Very comfortable on the open road and economical averaging 9 litres per 100km and 12 when towing.
Replaced my isuzu ute based on its own reliabilty over 320,000 kms with this MUX and very happy i did.
Purchased in September 2017 at Cardiff Isuzu Ute.
Worth the wait
Brought this car a month ago, this is my first automatic car and have found it great. Its a bit to get throw the gears but Im probably too use to a manual. The whole car is luxury from the leather seats to the electric add ons. Eg tv and air con in the back for the kids. I use this car for longer drives but have taken it to work, the reverse camera makes parking easy. Love this car.
Purchased in October 2019 at Norris Motors .
Love the purr of this tough diesl family 4WD
I'd give a 6 if I could. I love this car. We haven't had any issues with it. It is strong and powerful for towing the trailer when needed. It fits 7 people comfortably. The sound system is excellent for listening to music or podcasts through bluetooth. The leather seats make it that little bit luxurious. We are impressed with the 3 tonne towing capacity and yet it is efficient on fuel consumption. It has the same engine as our Isuzu Dmax ute, that was sadly written off. Just a great all rounder family car that can also be used for towing and fa...rm work. The dvd player is an added bonus which the kids love. Everyone in the back can see the screen and great audio quality. The cost to get it serviced is not exorbitant like other brands and only required every 10000 kms. We purchased this car for half the price of what a Toyota equivalent would have cost so we couldn't be happier. Thanks!
Purchased in January 2018 for $39,000.00.
I've grown to love this noisy beastie that can tow houses up mountains!
Besides for being a little noisy, the engine in this vehicle is phenomenal. I tow a Majestic Knight SLE (20'6") packed up to almost 3.0 ton with very little effort. Fuel consumption towing (about 13 l/100) is equivalent to many vehicles unladen effort! With the updated interiors, the feeling of being in a much more expensive vehicle cannot be passed by. Our MU-X has just turned one years old, and every indication is that it'll still be with our family for many, many years to come. Zero problems or issues to date.
Purchased in September 2018 for $44,000.00.
Love my MUX
I purchased my MUX 2wd in August 2016, and it is a 2016.5 2wd LST,with the 5 speed auto transmission. It was primarily for towing our 18ft van which weighs roughly 1750kg loaded. We have travelled 63ks since then, and the only fault I have found is the fuel tank is a little small for the long distance traveller. We had a 116l tank fitted so it is no longer a problem.
Fuel economy varies from low 8's on a trip to mid 9's per 100k in the city. Towing the van we got between 12 and 14.5 travelling between Brisbane and Darwin. I am no leadfoot and a...
Purchased in August 2016.
Supremely reliable and trouble free currently at 190000km
This vehicle was purchased primarily as a long distance/ tow vehicle in late December 2013. It has just clocked up 190000 trouble free kilometers, still on original suspension and brake pads, and its third set of tyres are relatively new. Apart from a bust turbo when relatively new AFTER a service, replaced under warranty, there have been no breakdowns or any repair work required - servicing only.
The vehicle has travelled all over Queensland NSW and Victoria towing horse floats on often very bumpy roads eg Taroom to Moree. It has survived th...
Purchased in December 2013 for $49,000.00.
Great practical car
We bought an MUX 2 years ago. Very good car for the price. We use it to tow a 2.7t caravan and it does it with ease. 2 things that I would change if I could would be for the keyless entry to work on all doors, not just the driver door and the boot. Also it would be great if the headlights were auto, as currently the driving lights are auto.
Purchased in December 2017.
Had it a month starting to love it.
I bought my MU-X about a month ago.
The first morning I was immediately alarmed at the engine rattles.
Never had a diesel before, so the rattles at cold start up gave me a fright.
But after speaking to others with diesels and a month of driving it, I now understand its just "A DIESEL" its a nice car to drive and the noises are all normal.
Towing my 1500 kg boat is a dream, the car shrugged off the weight like no other car I have ever had.
Hills are no barrier and it cruises comfortably with no apparent effort.
The car sees predominantly freeway...
Purchased in May 2018.
Lots of small issues. Car feels unfinished.
Bought this car in 2017 to use for commuting to work and the occasional towing.
Within the first few weeks I noticed things going wrong. Started with using oil, had an oil consumption test but it only used about 300ml per thousand kms. Turns out that Isuzu is ok with that so they won't cover it under warranty and its my problem to deal with. I bought a new car so I wouldn't have to top up the oil regularly. Lately I found out that when I tow about 2 ton the oil consumption goes through the roof, it used about a 1L for a 40km trip. Isuzu have ...offered to do another oil consumption test, but unless I'm towing during that time, it won't be any different and they won't fix it. Other issues are related to the bluetooth being really had to connect to. Often the phone connection button is just greyed out so you can't click on it. Hands free is unusable as it sounds like you have a gas mask on and no one can understand you. Can't change the time on the clock as the button is also greyed out. If anyone opens a back window even at slow speeds around town all the windows have to be opened to deal with the wind noise. Keys are so sensitive that if you lock your car you have to carry them till you are out of range otherwise it will unlock your car just by putting them in your pocket. Bought a manual as I prefer them. Pretty sure the synchro is rubbish as it often grinds between 2nd and 3rd gear and you have to be stationary to go from 2nd to 1st gear. Which is annoying if the lights change colour as you are slowing down for them.
Nothing to write home about
I brought my MUX early 2017 (Auto) after previously owning 2 D Max's, (Manuals). If I don't start the car at least once in 2 to 3 days it takes about a dozen pushes of the start button. Transmission lousy. Trading at the end of the year.
Purchased in February 2017.
Bad back up of product
Innate the LST 2014 Isuzu mux I have had my GPS upgrade 1 year after I bought it in 2014 I was told by the salesman that I would get upgrades for the GPS but when I went on to download the map it was the same one I had on mine I even went back and got it from sevice centre but still the same so if I had known at the time I would of bought the model down from the LST
Questions & Answers
Cannot stop the beep going off at 110. Have tried everything. Please help it is driving us insane when travelling on country or in freeways.
If you are going over the designated speed limit for that road it will beep. It will also beep if a previously fixed speed camera has been removed and your sat nav thinks it’s still there and warns you of its presence because your map is not current.
I don’t believe that to be the case as we have turned the sat nav off and it still does it and only at 110 no other speed limit.
Go into the settings on the screen. Not easy to find, but somewhere you will find where to turn the speed alert off. I think it's part of the navigation settings from memory.
I just checked: With the GPS map on, press the three = on the RH bottom corner of the screen. Scroll across with the right arrow & you will find Speed Alert off/on.
My Dmax automatic beeps when I select low range, is this normal?
Ross, does it say it will beep in the instruction manual that came with the vehicle?? You can always go to your local dealer and ask them in the service dept. As I don’t have a D Max I cannot offer any more suggestions. Good luck Toey
The remote for the rear dvd monitor has gone missing. Anyone know of something i can replace it with?
You may have to get the brand of the DVD in the mux and then go to job hifi to see if they can replace it. If you order it through your Isuzu dealer you may be slugged extra as they will say it’s an original part. Get your audio book that came with the vehicle and that may give you some information before you go looking for a replacement. Good luck Toey
|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Transmission||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic and Manual||Automatic|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8.1 L/100km||7.9 L/100km||7.9 L/100km||8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||65 L||65 L||65 L||65 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 3.0L||4 Cylinder 3.0L||4 Cylinder 3.0L||4 Cylinder 3.0L|
|Max Power||130kW @ 3600rpm||130kW @ 3600rpm||130kW @ 3600rpm||130kW @ 3600rpm|
|Max Torque||380Nm @ 1800-2800rpm||380Nm @ 1800-2800rpm||380Nm @ 1800-2800rpm||380Nm @ 1800-2800rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,000 kg||3,000 kg||3,000 kg||3,000 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Feb 2017||Feb 2017||Feb 2017||Feb 2017|
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