Mos­sel Bay Isuzu clocks more than a mil­lion

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

AN 18-year-old Isuzu 250 Diesel Dou­ble Cab has trav­elled over one mil­lion kilo­me­tres and is still go­ing strong.

Much like its re­tired owner, David Man­ley from Mos­sel Bay, the Isuzu bakkie is still just as busy as be­fore it hit the one-mil­lion kilo­me­tres mark about a year ago.

In fact, Man­ley and his wife, Gil­lian, took the bakkie on an ad­ven­ture just a month af­ter it hit the mile­stone — which demon­strates Man­ley’s con­fi­dence in the re­li­a­bil­ity of his Isuzu 250 Diesel LE.

“Our last trip to Etosha in Namibia was done in July last year, as we had a week to kill af­ter Gil­lian and I hiked the Nauk­luft trail and started the Fish River Canyon trail. We trav­elled up on largely — now — very bad gravel roads via Walvis Bay and the Skele­ton Coast. The ve­hi­cle has been to Etosha be­fore, so it knew the way!

“Our Isuzu has also trav­elled ex­ten­sively around South Africa, mostly with a boat on the roof tak­ing my son from re­gatta to re­gatta dur­ing his high school years,” said Man­ley, a re­tired ship sur­veyor. Al­most a year af­ter hit­ting one mil­lion kilo­me­tres and go­ing on the ad­ven­tur­ous trip to the Kala­hari and back, the Isuzu bakkie is now used for gen­eral trans­porta­tion and farm work, such as pulling out alien veg­e­ta­tion on the Man­leys’ farm at Ruiter­bos out­side Mos­sel Bay.

“The bakkie was bought new in 2000 from CP Nel Mo­tors in Mos­sel Bay and has given me ster­ling ser­vice. The ve­hi­cle was ser­viced by CP Nel up to 200 000 km, and there­after I did the rou­tine ser­vices my­self.

“The en­gine and turbo are orig­i­nal and have never been opened. I had the brakes and sus­pen­sion ser­viced in­de­pen­dently as re­quired. The en­gine still uses no oil be­tween oil changes,” Man­ley said.

The bakkie’s tim­ing gears were re­newed at 500 000 km and an ex­change gear­box in­stalled at 540 000 km.

“The ve­hi­cle is get­ting a bit rusty ... I did not think it would last this long, so I stopped body main­te­nance around the 800 000 km mark. That is the ve­hi­cle’s body, not mine, which con­tin­ues to age no mat­ter what I do!” Man­ley said. — Sup­plied.


David Man­ley and his dog, Bonny, with his old faith­ful Isuzu 25 Diesel LE.

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