Isuzu MU-X. Reviews, thoughts, advice?

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 18:32
ThreadID: 106971 Views:5902 Replies:4 FollowUps:9
This Thread has been Archived
Test drove an LSM MU-X today. Did my research, compared to colorado and challenger. Comes up trumps in my books on many aspects - not the least of which is it's true 4x4 capacity, right down to small details like the clearance / approach - exit angles etc, through to the diamond tip injectors that basically never need replacing. Sold. Drove a treat, felt like a 'truck' (true 4x4 triton/hilux) on road and I'm fine with that, in fact i like it. off road, what little i could squeeze in on a test drive, very steep and wet muddy hill, did what i'd expect of any of the work fleet 4x4's we use in the moutains.

However i find little in the way of user reviews online. Some but limited. Lots of flashy ads, testing at the Thai isuzu 4x4 world track etc. Wondering what people are thinking of their new pride and joy's. Personally my only complaint is that the 'hard plastic' interior seemed a bit 'inferior'.. an old Mazda 121 interior has tougher /solid plastic. Only a minor point but valid i reckon. Any other issues creeping into the very very young market in peoples minds? Tales of epic amazing adventures conquered around oz etc!? Can;t really picture a better value for money vehicle at this stage of my driving career

Cheers!
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: coonick - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 19:15

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 19:15
seems like a capable vehicle but its really only a 4wd for two.
Also just like the sealed trans which never needs servicing or sealed engine that never needs an oil change rubbish you hear now and then on certain brands ......ALL injectors require servicing and or replacing sometime in their life, as do engine oils and trans oils. Don't be sucked in by diamond tip rubbish. Just means its much more expensive to fix them when things go wrong or need replacing.
AnswerID: 529393

Follow Up By: lj_eco - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 20:01

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 20:01
Not mechanically apt, so will take advice and research in more depth about quality of parts. Not sure about 4wd for two. 7 seater, comfortably fit 6 today.
0
FollowupID: 812208

Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 10:11

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 10:11
Maybe you could enlighten us on the pros & cons of diamond tipped injectors.
0
FollowupID: 812243

Reply By: coonick - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 20:11

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 20:11
fair enough if not mech apt.
7 seats is great, where do you put luggage ?
4 or 5 in car is there enough room for their luggage ?
AnswerID: 529396

Follow Up By: lj_eco - Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 09:18

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 09:18
Yeah was pretty concerned too, but to be honest with the rear seats folded down the space in the back isn't much different than my old falcon wagon, which was good. All rear seats folded down to make a complete flat back and i could easy lie down (5'7)

0
FollowupID: 812239

Reply By: Gronk - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 21:40

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 21:40
Did your research ??

Challenger has better approach and departure angles....plus doesn't drive like a truck !!

Mind you, the Izuzu looks OK, but for me seems a little underpowered....and that rear end ??
AnswerID: 529400

Follow Up By: lj_eco - Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 09:15

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 09:15
Yep. Did. Actually found very similar specs on both, in some instances challenger came out in front (marginally) others Mu-x (marginally) but overall felt Mu-x came out on top on spec. Yet to test challenger but very keen. Agree, arse end is ugly on the mu-x.. Did a double take, looks just as it is, a wagon rear dumped on a ute back! Weird. Maybe darker colours 'hide' it, doubt it though!
0
FollowupID: 812237

Follow Up By: lj_eco - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 13:14

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 13:14
Test drove the Challenger. Luxurious interior / drive (by comparison) to the MUX. Only convern is Mitsu's rating as one of the lowest reliabile engine manufacturers. The work triton had to have a whole new engine replacement as just one example. If only could dump the Isuzu engine in the challenger i reckon i'd be sold!
0
FollowupID: 812393

Reply By: mikehzz - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 23:58

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 23:58
The Colorado 7 has way more torque than the Isuzu and the Challenger plus a nice 6 speed auto. You can't really say any of them aren't proper 4wds. All have low range etc plus you can fit them all with the gear if you want. It boils down to the one you like driving.
AnswerID: 529411

Follow Up By: Gronk - Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 09:18

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 09:18
Yep....as with anything, you really need to drive ALL of them and make an opinion !!
0
FollowupID: 812238

Follow Up By: Cruiser . - Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 15:29

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 15:29
I have a Colorado 7 and love it. It tows my caravan (Tare 2100Kg) with easy. Its the 470Nm version, not the newer 500Nm version.

Cheers,

Cruiser
0
FollowupID: 812270

Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 19:08

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 19:08
The Colorado 7 on 4wd TV actually looks the goods now it has the accessories on it. Certainly seen it do some quite hard tracks. Another thread was complaining that the Isuzu doesn't have the accessories yet. I'm seriously considering the Holden for my next car, it ticks all my boxes except the blinker is on the right. :-)
0
FollowupID: 812285

Follow Up By: lj_eco - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 13:22

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 13:22
The Isuzu is pretty bare bones. Actually i found the 'hard plastic' interior fin until i pushed on it - not that hard after all. Reckon they'll be complaining of cracks from sun/heat. For about the same price that Colorado does look better inside. next test drive...
0
FollowupID: 812396

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (13)