Isuzu ute

Submitted: Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:15
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Does anyone know if the Isuzu 4x4 Ute's are reliable as I am thinking about buying one to tow my van this is a automatic 3tonne towing capacity or the Holden Colorado 4x4 auto any help appreciated
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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:32

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:32
Hi Michael, a couple of the 4 X 4 magazines have done the 'Ute of the year 2009' recently, and both the Isuzu and Colorado figured highly in the results. Colorado has an Isuzu motor, as did the Rodeo before it, so much the same power, think the Isuzu had more torque. Of course, the cars are different, maybe best you read the reports for yourself. I think the ones I read were 4 X 4 Action, and 4 X 4 Australia. Good luck, Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - michael k (QLD) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:38

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:38
Thanks Dave i will check them out.

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Reply By: D200Dug- Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:44

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:44
I bought one :-)

Well I bought the Rodeo version but it is 100% isuzu, I have only done 3000km but I am more than happy with it.

3000kg tow capability but I would strongly recommend upgrading the standard suspension ASAP and I put a DP power chip in mine and really noticed the difference.

With a few simple mods they should be a a good workhorse.
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 19:33

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 19:33
Michael, get onto Member Isuzumu, Bruce will give you the good oil.

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Follow Up By: Member - Malcolm (Townsville) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 19:50

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 19:50
I'm also interested in the D-Max.

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Follow Up By: Member - michael k (QLD) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 21:16

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 21:16
Dave,
How would you do this and, Malcolm only three left in townsville white or grey.

Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - michael k (QLD) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 21:23

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 21:23
Dave found it will stay clear of the Isuzu buy the sound of that thanks.

Michael

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Reply By: Member - michael k (QLD) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 21:31

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 21:31
I wonder why the Holden Colorado is the only 4x4 auto that can tow 3 tonne and all the other makes cannot unless they are manual.

Michael
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 09:11

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 09:11
The Nissan D40 auto has a 3 tonne towing capacity as well. I also thought that the BT50, Ford Ranger autos were 3T rated. The HiLux is 2.5T manual or auto.
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Reply By: Madfisher - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 15:00

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 15:00
We run 6 Isuzu trucks and have never had a warranty issue, which speaks highly for hire trucks. Isuzu have a very respected name in trucks and I think are the no1 selling brand in Aus.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: tim_c - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:24

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:24
The only issue I'd have with them is possible chassis flex...
In my Jackaroo, the chassis flexed a lot which gave a nice ride on rough roads but also meant the bullbar moved a lot compared to the body of the car. It destroyed my IPF driving lights because of the movement on corrugations. I'm not sure if the chassis in the later Isuzu utes would be any better.
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 15:24

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 15:24
Hi Michael, I must have been a sleep not seeing this thread hahahaha thanks for dobbing me in Dave.
OK I have not had the chance to drive one yet, but one thing I have found out is the motors in the Colorado and D.Max are the same model no, HP and Torque, but the D.Max is DOHC (double over head cam) and the Colorado is a SOHC. This could make a difference when you want to get more power out of them, other than that the Isuzu is a little cheaper to buy and down the track you might have to go to Isuzu to buy spare parts anyway.
Unless you really need an auto I would steer clear of one and that goes to all makes of 4WDs especially towing. I have two Isuzu MUs one manual and the other auto, same motor, and the manual is the pick when towing.
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