Used Car Review – Isuzu D-Max (2003-2013)


Used Car Review – Isuzu D-Max (2003-2013)

With just months before the reveal of the next generation style, Myk Belmonte evaluates the outgoing style.

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2003-2013 Isuzu D-Max

History
inside the automotive world, Isuzu has some links with General Motors. Especially some Isuzu vehicles are sold as Chevrolets, Buicks, GMCs, Holdens, or GEOs (a defunct brand of GM that will targeted first time as well as youth buyers), This specific ensured Isuzu’s presence at as well as the same time, fill the void of various other brands by badge engineering which involved Suzuki as well as Subaru previously. The most important role of Isuzu is actually supplying manufacturers with diesel engines for their own vehicles.

One well-known vehicle that will Isuzu made having a corresponding GM equivalent is actually the D-Max pickup truck. Remember This specific, there is actually one edition being sold inside the rest of the earth (rebadged edition) while another being marketed inside the US as the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon/Isuzu i-Series however uses the same platform however not related to the main D-Max. Apart coming from the Isuzu badge, This specific is actually sold as a Chevrolet, as well as Holden around the earth except for the United States.

Replacing the aging Fuego, the D-Max was first made available in late 2003 as well as This specific featured the very first for the category. Push button 4×4 hubs? Present, with others following suit inside the way of knobs as well as buttons. While at This specific time the second generation style will be launched locally, the current one is actually still available as well as there are plans of keeping the older Centeng for a period of time. Variants include the LT (added in 2007, the base style having a 4WD style added in 2009), LX, LS (either in two or four wheel drive), as well as the LS Boondock available as a special edition style.

Value as well as Costs
This specific pickup truck can pickup (pun not intended) the needs for just between P600,000-P1,000,000. Do remember later versions are priced inside the upper range as well as try to hunt for a unit sold in October 2010 or later to get the remainder of the warranty.

Parts are widespread as well as maintenance costs are on the cheap side, a positive among Isuzus. This specific one drinks fuel less than the main rivals, which is actually a strength. Do check the unit you’re eyeing before signing the dotted line.

outside as well as Internal
The design remains unchanged for nearly 10 years (or 80 years old in car age), however the boxy stance gives the vehicle a classic look. Despite some chrome touches, they don’t look tacky at all. Boondock versions get a “Boondock 4×4” sticker on the side as well as large wheels. Numerous outside updates were done throughout the years, while retaining the same Centeng everyone remembers. Let’s review the bed area since you’ll be using This specific when you’re buying This specific. The bed can accommodate anything with ease however This specific only has four tie points, not Great for some fragile items.

A simplistic approach was done inside the D-Max’s Internal with the 4WD push buttons being located within driver’s reach, with the same for the climate as well as various other controls. The aftermarket stereo needs some time to read the owners manual to master the buttons, as they are tiny as well as confusing. USB connectivity as well as an auxiliary jack comes standard in 2007 as well as later versions. Front occupants get a decent space while those who prefer to seat at the rear bench might have an upright – however still humane – position.

Engine
Two sets of engines were offered inside the D-Max, as well as initial versions get the 4JH1 2,999cc which has 130hp at 3,800rpm as well as 294Nm at 2,000rpm. A 2007 update had the 4JJ1 packed with CRDi technology however using the same displacement with slightly different figures. Horsepower is actually today rated at 146hp at 3,800 while torque still remains the same, This specific has an early twist at 1,400-3,400rpm. The LT, targeted the fleet market, utilizes the 4JA1 2,499cc (used inside the Crosswind)  that will possess 81hp at 3,900rpm as well as 177Nm at 2,000rpm. The 4JA1, although noisy, has better pull inside the lower range. The 4JH1 engine does live without CRDi technology however thanks to the close gear ratios (especially for the manual variant), This specific feels spirited at launch as well as at fifth gear, This specific can reach 80km/h. This specific does not like to be pushed above 100km/h as This specific becomes noisy as well as vibration is actually too much in This specific period. Moving on to the 4JJ1, there is actually enough torque to start at second gear inside the manual however the automatic carries a high powerband entry as well as the 3,000rpm, the turbo wakes up there. Fuel economy is actually definitely a strength.

Driving Impressions
At low speeds, the D-Max drives like a sedan however steering feel is actually on the dead side. Parking is actually a breeze due to the light steering as well as unlike the Hilux, This specific feels planted to the ground. For more power, I recommend sticking having a 2007 as well as later style however paired having a stick shift as they have gobs of torque at an early gear.

Verdict
Sure, the D-Max is actually being eclipsed by completely new as well as modern competitors however there are some virtues which still remains a pick inside the market. If economy is actually the top most concern, you can never go wrong with the D-Max



The Great:

  • Push button 4WD gears spell convenience
  • Fully equipped
  • Tough as well as off-road capable
The Bad:
  • Lacks grunt compared to rivals
  • Dated looks
  • Engine or transmission not updated for long
The Pick: 2007 as well as later LS versions

THE SPECS
Engines: 2,499 4JA1 (LT style only), 2,999 4JH1 (2004-2007) as well as 4JJ1 I4 diesel (2007 onward)
Power: 81hp @ 3,900rpm (2.5), 130hp @ 3,800rpm (3.0, 2004-2007), 146hp @ 3,800rpm (3.0, 2007 onward)
Torque: 177Nm @ 2,000rpm (2.5), 294Nm @ 2,000rpm (3.0, 2004-2007), 294Nm @ 1,400-3,400rpm (3.0, 2007 onward)
Fuel Consumption: 8-10km/L (city), 10-13km/L (highway) (*estimated as well as varies)
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Suspension: Front independent double wishbone, rear rigid axle with semi elliptic leaf springs
MORE INFO
cost (completely new): P860,000-P1,450,000 (includes all variants in all years)
cost (today): P600,000-P1,000,000
Rivals: Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, Mitsubishi Strada, Mazda BT
On Sale: 2003-2013
Resources:
http://tsikot.com/forums/isuzu-cars-talk-79/isuzu-dmax-owners-%5Bcontinued%5D-72561/index120.html
Contacts:
Isuzu Makati – (02) 819-1219
Isuzu EDSA – (02) 413-6940
Isuzu Quezon Avenue – (02) 926-7111


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