KB still strong af­ter 1.5 mln ki­los

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

OUDT­SHOORN — Twenty years and over 1,5 mil­lion kilo­me­tres later, a 1996 Isuzu KB is still run­ning smoothly.

The trust­wor­thy Isuzu with its slo­gan “Isuzu De­liv­ers” lives up to this prom­ise ev­ery sin­gle day ac­cord­ing to Oudt­shoorn res­i­dent, Ger­hard du Toit.

Du Toit is so con­fi­dent in his Isuzu bakkie that he uses it to run his courier busi­ness, Road­run­ner, ev­ery day. He said his brother first bought the bakkie in 1997, a demo model with only 7 000 km on the clock. “When I de­cided to re­tire in 2003 I needed a re­li­able ve­hi­cle to start my courier busi­ness and I de­cided to buy my brother’s Isuzu.”

This de­ci­sion, Du Toit never re­gret­ted. “De­spite the age of the bakkie it has helped me run a suc­cess­ful busi­ness for many, many years. I travel be­tween Oudt­shoorn and Ge­orge twice ev­ery sin­gle day.”

With­stand­ing the dry, harsh con­di­tions of the Karoo, Du Toit said the key to the longevity of his bakkie is to make sure that it is fully ser­viced ev­ery 10 000 km and to main­tain it with gen­uine Isuzu parts. “I might not be able to take on the Dakar Rally, but when I get into my Isuzu I have com­plete faith that it will take me where I need to be and back with­out any prob­lems,” said Du Toit.

Boast­ing a full ser­vice his­tory, Du Toit’s Isuzu KB is still in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, run­ning on all its orig­i­nal parts.

Du Toit said that he would not trade his Isuzu any­time soon. He also added that he talks to his bakkie nicely ev­ery day and that they have an agree­ment that their re­la­tion­ship will last for years to come.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Ger­hard du Toit with his trusted 1996 Isuzu KB that has driven twice to the moon and back.

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