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Should I get the auto or manual Isuzu D-Max?

I have a choice between an auto or manual gearbox on the Isuzu D-MAX, both 2.5-litre engines. Is there a preference? Not working the truck hard, just bit of logging, no real pulling.

Asked on 29 August 2017 by iroger057

Answered by Dan Powell
On paper, the auto is the better of the two as there should be no heavy wear of the clutch on take-off, particularly when towing or shifting heavy loads. However, like all pick-ups, the automatic gearbox in the D-Max isn't great to drive, which means I would personally choose for the manual. I'd recommend test driving both versions to see which you prefer. If you don't mind the slow, sluggish characteristics of the auto then choose that as it will serve your needs without problem. For our full review of the Isuzu D-Max, see: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/isuzu/d-max-2012/
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