The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the Isuzu MU-X
Although the Isuzu MU-X is by no means new to the Australian vehicle market, in recent years the popularity of this SUV has skyrocketed, with more and more Australians choosing it as their go-to SUV. This is because it meets all major expectations, whether that be speed, safety, or durability, this SUV has you covered. Read the Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the Isuzu MU-X to learn more about this versatile and stylish vehicle.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to travelling in the Isuzu MU-X
The Isuzu MU-X is the only partner you need, whether you’re in the mood for some touring, have something stuck that needs towing, or want to take a cruise into the city. The 6-speed transmission with its grade logic technology will actively change gears when ascending and descending terrain to ensure you have the most control possible. The automatic transmission takes all the hassle of shifting out of the equation, letting you focus on the road or the next hill you’re climbing. When you want absolute control, the Rev-tronic mode for sequential shifting is easily within reach.
The Isuzu MU-X has over a century of specialist engineering experience behind it and you can feel it when you’re trying to keep yourself and your family safe around tight bends or over rough terrain. The 6-speed automatic transmission matched with the 3.0L turbo-diesel engine come together to create a massive 450Nm from just 1600 through to 2600rpm. The 140kW of power on demand provides incredible acceleration and take-off abilities and is very useful when you need to get a heavy load moving or tow up to 3500kg.
Towing ability is essential when travelling with the family across Australia as no trip is complete without a caravan, a trailer, or a boat in tow, and when moving heavy objects you need power, control, and reliability. A genuine Isuzu UTE tow-bar kit will give you all of that and more giving you the freedom to hitch up and take whatever you want, wherever you want. The combination of the Rev-tronic gearbox, powerful engine and trusted tow-bar kit means no journey is too far or too out of reach.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to On and Off-road Technology
Changing terrain is nothing for the Isuzu MU-X and the grimy and dusty world of off-road adventure is where it truly shines and gets a chance to flex its technological prowess. To get out of the toughest spots where finesse is required, all 4×4 models come standard with a rear differential lock which can assist the low-ratio 4WD-low mode and give you traction and control in uneven or slippery surfaces and keep you moving. If you reach a body of water blocking your way, depending on the depth this can just be a free car wash with the MU-X’s steel underbody providing protection and a wading depth of up to 800mm, it will take quite a lot to make you divert your course.
The 4×4 terrain command system makes changing the responsiveness of the vehicle as easy as the terrain changes around you. The intense and tricky countryside can easily be conquered in 4L mode providing you with extreme traction and utter control while the 4H mode can get you up to speed on undiscovered beaches. Combined with the rough terrain mode that comes standard on all Isuzu MU-X’s, the excuses to get out of your mate’s camping trip just got a lot shorter.
Steep gradients above 5.7 degrees are nothing with the hill start assist that completely prevents the vehicle from rolling back. The hill descent control that improves traction when descending steep hills and the 80 litre fuel tank will give you the confidence you need when traversing the outback. Any mishaps during a fast descent will be short work for the steel protection under the body which includes a transfer guard case and steel sump
The MU-X engine and fuel tank are built for efficiency as the super high-pressure common rail technology ensures you receive maximum performance while burning minimal fuel by precisely controlling the amount of fuel delivered and the timing of the fuel injection. Diesel engines are already 20% to 30% more efficient than petrol engines and the Isuzu MU-X improves on this exponentially with the variable geometry system constantly adjusting to achieve optimum air compression from low revs, which improves torque performance while increasing range. The aerodynamics of the vehicle have been designed to reduce the drag coefficient as much as possible, resulting in higher fuel efficiency as well as increased comfort and reduced noise within the cabin.
Design of the Isuzu MU-X
The Isuzu MU-X has the style and confidence to prove it belongs in the city just as much as the outback, with its muscular yet modern shape and the distinctive long and wide body. All models come standard with LED daytime running lights and Bi-LED projector headlights with auto-levelling to guide your way and make sure you stand out in the day and night. Another standard feature to take your mind off the process and focus on the journey is the automatic rain-sensing wipers that will activate when necessary at varied frequencies depending on the amount of water sensed, ensuring that your vision is never obstructed.
The interior of the Isuzu MU-X comes packed with the latest features such as adaptive cruise control that automatically adjusts the speed of the vehicle based on the other vehicles around you by sensing their distance and speeds with a stop and go functionality. The perfect temperature is always within your grasp and decisions have never been simpler with the dual-zone climate control system that comes standard on the LS-U and LS-T models, allowing you to perfectly control the climate of multiple areas of the vehicle. Streaming media is easy and simple with built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities with DAB+ digital radio and all models come standard with voice recognition technology.
Standard in the LS-U and LS-T models comes the auto-dimming rear-view mirror to stop you from being blinded by the driver behind you who’s left their brights on. Driving the MU-X is a pleasure from start to finish, from the push-button start system to the electric brake and auto-hold function that will automatically engage the brake every time you put the vehicle into park or come to a stop in traffic. The electroluminescent multi-information display gives you a clear view of any important information such as range or fuel economy on a comprehensive screen.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Safety in the Isuzu MU-X
The Isuzu MU-X has a network of safety features built in that operate automatically and independently from one another to ensure your and your passengers’ safety at all times. Every MU-X model comes standard with the Intelligent Driver Assistance System technology which includes all active and passive safety systems within the vehicle and it makes use of sensors and multiple cameras to constantly monitor the environment surrounding you.
The MU-X’s safety system works to avoid potential harm before it can even happen, such as with the autonomous emergency braking system that will detect potential collisions in front of and to the side of the vehicle and apply the emergency brake automatically. Before the emergency brake is applied an audible warning sound and red flashing lights will begin to appear to warn the driver of an object in the path. In the event that an accident does occur and the vehicle’s airbags are deployed, the post-collision braking system will automatically apply the brakes to bring the MU-X to a safe stop and prevent any more harm from occurring.
Accidents can happen anywhere and you don’t want to have to explain that to someone in a parking lot when you thought you were in reverse, the misacceleration mitigation system uses stereo cameras in slow-moving areas to determine if the accelerator has been applied accidentally, and it will suppress the power to give the driver time to correct their actions. A feature that we at Wrong Fuel Rescue think will become more and more popular in years to come. A driver attention assist system has also been designed to identify signs of fatigue from the driver, assessing inaccurate driving behaviour and suggesting breaks.
A reverse camera and front and rear sensors will give you all the information needed when navigating small alleys and parking lots in town. The rear cross-traffic alert system will actively monitor your surrounding area when reversing into traffic to provide visual and audio warnings if an object approaches from the left or right suddenly. A blind-spot monitor is able to quickly give visual warnings in the side mirrors when an obstacle is sensed in the blind spot.
Safety isn’t only a concern for yourself but also for others on the road and the trailer sway control system ensures you have complete control of anything you are towing and remain in your lane. The system is able to recognise early signs of dangerous sway from the trailer and it will begin to automatically apply the brake on individual wheels and reduce the engine torque to bring the trailer back under control. The MU-X also comes with lane departure prevention which activates when the vehicle is about to depart from the driver’s lane unintentionally and it assists by first giving a warning to the driver and then steering the vehicle in the correct direction to prevent lane departure.
If the vehicle can sense there is an object in an adjacent lane that will collide with the MU-X if a lane change is done, the emergency lane-keeping system will prevent the lane departure from happening to avoid a collision. The lane-keeping assist system detects road lane markings and will assist the steering operation and keep within the markings when adaptive cruise control is engaged. These systems can all be easily controlled by the Lane Support System switch that is conveniently located on the steering wheel allowing you to make adjustments on the fly.
Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue in your Isuzu MU-X?
Mis-fuelling refers to adding the wrong fuel type to your vehicle, and the reality is that this mistake is more common than you may think. Even seasoned drivers who have refuelled their vehicles on numerous occasions can still fall victim to this mistake, which in many instances can be a very costly one.
More often than not, mis-fuelling is a result of driver tiredness, distraction, or a mislabelling of jerry cans. Whether the fault is exhaustion or just being absent-minded, we at Wrong Fuel Rescue have come to the rescue of many Isuzu MU-X drivers who have accidentally added the wrong fuel type to their engines. As the Isuzu MU-X 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 MU-X engine with petrol is a serious but common mishap.
A diesel fuel pump operates on a delicate tolerance at high pressures and depends heavily on the lubricant that diesel fuel contains. If you’re now adding petrol to the Isuzu MU-X tank, even if it’s just a small amount combined with diesel, the lubrication properties are significantly reduced and the engine battles or fails to function. This may result in metal-to-metal contact in the system, with metal particles breaking off and inflicting damage. Also, detonation caused by uncontrolled petrol ignition may result in extensive engine damage.
Petrol is not suited to the higher compression ratio in diesel engines, which is why this can occur. If you have realised your mistake before you actually drive off from the fuel station, at Wrong Fuel Rescue we recommend that you refrain from even placing your key in the ignition. In some vehicles, this action primes the fuel pump. If you start the vehicle, the incorrect fuel will begin to circulate through the fuel system and begin to wreak havoc. Calling us at Wrong Fuel Rescue before this occurs is the best way to ensure no damage to your vehicle.
If you filled up your diesel Isuzu MU-X with petrol, one or more of the following signs will occur:
-A loud, knocking sound from the interior of the automobile
-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 MU-X or vehicle of choice, resist the temptation to keep driving to your nearest fuel station or repair shop. Instead, rely on us at Wrong Fuel Rescue to get to you in record times and do what we do best.