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.
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.
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...
Purchased in March 2018 at Wayne Phillis Automotive for $55,500.00.
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.
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.
2018 MU-X LST - Extensive research led me to this purchase. Very happy!!
Before purchasing a new 4WD I checked out and drove the Toyota Prado, Toyota Fortuner, Holden Trailblazer, Mitsubushi Pajero Sport and the Isuzu MU-X. In the end the Isuzu offered the best value for money and promised greatest durability. Toyota currently has too many issues with their 2.8 Diesel, the Trailblazer's are chewing through oil and the Pajero Sport was too narrow for knees because of the wide transmission tunnel.
The MU-X tows our all-terrain camper trailer with plenty of grunt and stability. It's very capable off-road and my wife a...
The MU-X mechanically with his four-wheel drive options and it's looks with its leather interior are amazing although it's slightly heavier on the steering then some smaller vehicle such as the Captiva and the CX 9 Trail Blazers outlanders Ford Territory and others in this class it's still quite an amazing Drive I do not seem to mind the slightly truckie feel it definitely gives you a sense of power with no problems tackling day today Road use and Hills it comes with a warranty on the interior for life and the exterior paint also has a life war...ranty on the enamel coat this is a bonus in my eyes the fact that the interior is warranted makes me feel a lot better about the slightly flimsy feeling plastic parts compared to other vehicles the keyless entry and keyless start take time to get used to but super duper in my book over all the driving experience in this car for me has been Pleasant I'm still enjoying that new car feeling 3 months into owning it I'm sure it won't stop anytime soon this car is definitely a power box and with Isuzu long durability I'm sure it will remain such a wonderful car for many years to come
Isuzu Mux, forget the rest
We purchased a Dmax in 2015 for a company car and compared to the other items out there absolutely loved it. Our family car was recently showing its age and needed some money spent on it so we decided to go with the MUX. You can’t get better for value for money compared to the others and it’s more refined than the Dmax (eg lower engine noise) that keeps the wife happy. We are now a Isuzu family and are looking forward to years of trouble free motoring ahead.
The best 4WD on the market
This car is the best selling 4WD after the Prado. There's a good reason for that, do your own research but leave out the opinions of the "advertising biased" magazines. According to these 4WD experts the Fortuner is the best car yet the MUX outsells is 3 to 1.
Now my opinion, this car is the best value for money vehicle by far. Fuel economy, towing, features, servicing costs, spare parts, life expectancy etc etc. nothing beats Isuzu engine reliability, forget Toyota, they're talking about their petrol engines, not diesel.
Negatives are it doesn't have a self closing rear hatch! That's it.
I took an LST model for a test drive, I was not too impressed with the engine noise after started the car, it took like 15 minutes of riding for the engine noise to settle, during this 15min time I felt driving our old toyota diesel fj40 1981.
I think the car suspension and steering needs to be reviewed as I felt the car too loose, was not a good feeling taking a corner or trying to steer around.
I felt a lag on the engine response when you press the pedal, but once you are around 80kms response feels ok, but not great.
The finishes of theninterior are pretty good and dont feel cheap.
The equipment of the car is pretty good but I would sacrifice equipment for a better handling as the fortuner (tested and buying it).
Just love the drive
Beautiful to drive, very high up off the ground, stunning interiors. Much noisier than my old Mazda 3, but much nicer all round. They nailed the interior, perfect.
Only just got car so can not comment on reliability. Running costs excellent. Very good handelling, however reversing such a tall vehicle can be challenging even with reversing cameras.
What a surprise
Well did all the research on medium SUVs and bought an Isuzu MUX LS-T. It is value for money, very quiet when cruising, has plenty of power and room and all the fruit a person could want. Just be aware that you need to read the fine print in the ads. Driveaway pricing is only if you order white, any other colour is plus $450. Footnote, as have now done 60,000kms capped servicing is finished and boy has the cost gone up. Very disappointed and will get rid of it for that reason.
Purchased in May 2017 for $46,490.00.
Questions & Answers
I was wondering if there is any way to project the display through the HDMI to the rear display.
David, I have a 2019 LST. As far as I can tell, from hundreds of hours of online searching, there is no reliable method. I am considering simply replacing the head unit down the track as aftermarket units offer far greater compatibility with media types and screen choices.
Which head units have you seen that would be suitable
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|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.9 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||65 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 3.0L|
|Max Power||130kW @ 3600rpm|
|Max Torque||380Nm @ 1800-2800rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,000 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Feb 2017|
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