The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the Isuzu D-MAX


With cutting-edge technology and power when you need it, the Isuzu D-MAX is more capable and ready for you than ever before. The Isuzu D-MAX is designed to handle Australia’s harshest conditions and just keep moving while keeping you safe and in comfort with its 5-star ANCAP rating. Whether you’re driving to work or just for fun, on or off-road the durable D-MAX is there by your side every day.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to performance in the Isuzu D-MAX


Power meets efficiency when you take the Isuzu D-MAX for a drive as this beautiful vehicle delivers 140kW of power and 450 Nm of torque matched with either a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. The power is continuously balanced with the efficiency using the highly advanced common-rail diesel technology developed by Isuzu which results in the power and performance necessary to tackle any terrain or trip with the family, without needing to stop at the service station too often. Whether you’re going alone to an uncharted outback or towing the caravan for a weekend away with the kids, how you get there will never be an obstacle.


The Isuzu D-MAX is so desirable in fact, that it was offered as a prize during a reward challenge during Season 8 of the popular game show, Australian Survivor. There is, however, a myth that comes along with the game of Survivor when it comes to vehicle rewards, called the ‘Car Curse’, which recognises that no player in the history of Survivor who has won a vehicle reward, has actually gone on to win the game. While contestant Dani Beale proved this be true by ultimately being voted out of the game in the final 6, she did still win the vehicle reward in the final 8 reward challenge and drove off in a brand new Isuzu D-MAX in the striking Volcanic Amber colour. Who needs the title of Ultimate Survivor when you’ve got the ultimate vehicle?


A 1.9 litre turbo-diesel option is available in the 4×2 single cab chassis range for those who need a slightly larger daily commuter than what else is available on the market, while still being adventurous as you can handle with 110kW of power and 250 Nm of torque at your fingertips. With up to 3 tons of braked towing capacity with the automatic transmission and 2.8 tons with the manual transmission, you can still attach almost anything to the back for a weekend away. This option is also ideal for tradies or small business operators who want to be more hands-on and don’t want to waste the money and time with a logistics company.


The 6-speed transmission is available in manual or automatic options and both come packed with features to make driving the Isuzu D-MAX easy, safe and enjoyable. The automatic transmission is equipped with a sequential sports mode that will always select the most appropriate gear and lock-up points based on your own driving behaviour, the load you currently have on or in the vehicle and the speed you are traveling at. The manual transmission on the other hand makes use of a new dual mass flywheel that is able to absorb the torque pulses from the engine as well as any vibrations to create a smoother and more efficient driving experience.


Design in the Isuzu D-MAX


The design of the Isuzu D-MAX brings toughness together with sleek charisma and functionality to create a vehicle that’s bold and decisive on the worksite and when navigating the city while providing you with as many features as possible. The stylish front and rear underbody spoilers provide protection from stone chips and road debris while the LED fog lights will spread light wider in difficult weather conditions to give you a better view of the road. Standard on the LS-U and X-TERRAIN models are the electronic fold-in mirrors with smart protection from accidental knocks in the car park or on the trail, while still providing a larger range of view.


The cabin is designed for spaciousness and comfort in mind, from the silence during travel to the dual zone climate control allowing passengers their own level of control and freedom. The steering wheel puts everything at your fingertips allowing you to focus more on the road with all media functionality on one side and cruise control options on the other. A digital smart Multi-Information Display provides information on a variety of the vehicle’s features at a quick glance and comes standard across the range.


Cabins with rear seats include ISOFIX anchor points to be used with compatible child safety seats to ensure all members of the family can travel safely and comfortably, no matter their age. A-pillar assist handles on the interior of the vehicle make entering and exiting much easier and can additionally be used as a brace when the terrain gets especially rough. The X-TERRAIN model features red contrast stitching that adds a sporty look and both it and the LS-U model come with heated and leather accented front seats to reach the ultimate comfort level.


Technology and Safety in the Isuzu D-MAX


The Isuzu D-MAX is packed with all the features tailored to make your life easier than you would expect from a modern vehicle. Isuzu D-MAXs with the automatic option offer adaptive cruise control which will automatically adjust the speed you are traveling at by analysing the vehicles around you, including a useful stop and go functionality. The new 9 inch wide infotainment system has a high-definition touchscreen that mirrors your smartphone and an 8 speaker audio system to completely surround you in your entertainment as safely as possible.


Streaming media is a breeze with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay with voice recognition coming standard across the D-MAX range. Changing settings is as easy as possible to ensure you spend most of your concentration on the road ahead. The rear differential lock that comes standard on all 4×4 models can be engaged with the simple push of a button when in 4WD-low mode while a knob above allows you to quickly switch between the different driving modes instantly. A Smart Key and push-to-start button system allows you to get in and start your vehicle without ever needing to pull your key out of your pocket or bag.


The 76 litre fuel tank will keep you away from the fuel stations and out where you need to be with nothing stopping you, the wading depth of up to 800mm on all 4×4 models will ensure that. The Isuzu turbo diesel engines are built to withstand higher temperatures and pressures than other engines and deliver extreme reliability. With the assistance of larger chassis side rails and an added cross member, D-MAX’s new and superior ladder chassis is 20% stronger and wider than its predecessor providing you with even more strength and toughness to get you to your destination.


The Isuzu D-MAX body has been reinforced with ultra high tensile steel for increased durability and overall safety. The front suspension control arms have been mounted higher to increase tyre grounding and minimise body roll when cornering and the rear leaf suspension has been completely redesigned for Australian conditions, and a lighter yet stronger leaf design has been implemented. This vehicle has been through the most rigorous testing imaginable to achieve its 5-star ANCAP rating after more vigorous tests were introduced in 2020 with over 4 million km of simulated testing in the harshest of conditions.


The D-MAX range comes standard with Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System technology which includes all passive and active systems that assist the driver and keep them and passengers safe, making use of multiple cameras and sensors to continuously monitor your environment for hazards. Automatic Bi-LED headlights on select models illuminate further and wider than regular headlights and will turn on automatically when low-light conditions are sensed. The D-MAX will dim the high beams during highway travel automatically to avoid blinding other drivers, and the daytime running lights provide additional visibility on roads during the day when the weather is less than ideal.


The wiper blades have been engineered to be more aerodynamic and decrease drag when not in use while also using a new reverse motor that will periodically flex the blade of the wiper to prevent debris from building up and creating fatigue for the material and motors. The wipers will also sense when it begins to rain and engage automatically so you can continue to focus in rough conditions, and they will even change frequency when required depending on the amount of rain detected. The front and rear screens of the vehicle have been treated with UV protective glass to offer further protection to you and all passengers from the elements.


Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue in your Isuzu D-MAX?


Mis-fuelling is when you add the wrong fuel type to your vehicle, whether that be adding petrol in a diesel engine or diesel in a petrol engine. This is an unfortunately common mistake that can happen to anyone at any time, and more often than not, mis-fuelling your vehicle is a result of distraction, driver tiredness, or driver confusion over the labelling of jerry cans.


We at Wrong Fuel Rescue have come to the rescue of many Isuzu D-MAX drivers who have accidentally added the wrong fuel to their Isuzu D-MAX. As the Isuzu D-MAX is only available in diesel, the most common fuel mishap with this vehicle is adding petrol to the diesel engine. Mis-fuelling your diesel Isuzu D-MAX engine with petrol is a serious but common mishap that can become quite costly if not addressed immediately. This is because the diesel fuel pump is incredibly delicate and adding petrol to the diesel fuel will damage the lubrication properties in the diesel and can cause serious engine damage.


If you have filled up your diesel Isuzu D-MAX with petrol, one or more of the following signs will occur:


  • Slower acceleration
  • A loud, knocking sound from the interior of the Vehicle
  • Lackluster performance
  • Significant amounts of smoke emerging from the exhaust
  • The vehicle suddenly cutting out.


On the flip side, here is what you can expect when filling up your petrol vehicle with diesel instead:


  • The vehicle battling to start, or outright being unable to start at all
  • The engine frequently cutting out
  • Jerking movements from the vehicle whilst driving
  • Large amounts of smoke may emerge from the exhaust pipe


If you notice any, or all, of the above warning signs, your best bet is to pull over as soon as you can safely do so and call us at Wrong Fuel Rescue. In order to prevent further damage to your Isuzu D-MAX or vehicle of choice, resist the temptation to keep driving to your nearest fuel station or repair shop. Instead, give Wrong Fuel Rescue a call and we will assist you in record time and get you safely back on the road.