MU-X 2013 -> Technical Info


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Took mine for a bit of a dirt road run today, it seems to be more at home in 4H bouncing sideways on wet corrugations than it is on bitumen, handles it beautifully.
Only had it a day and its covered in mud :)

Can anyone tell me what the procedure is for updating the Sat Nav map data, the current database seems to be mid 2013. At the rate that roads get changed and updated on the east coast I want to make sure I have the latest before I go over there.
I have to go back next week to get the bbar fitted, will ask someone then, just wondering in the meantime.

Thanks All
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Satnav rates as one of the most common source of gripes among car owners so get ready to be patient ;-)

This is my understanding FWIW: there are only two commercial suppliers of street maps, Navteq and Sensis and the dealer network will control how they are issued. I expect they will come on CD in a form that can be read by the firmware in the GPS. Then the moving map/routing program (iGo in your case? which isn't bad) has to access the map files.

People run into problems when they want to install the maps they've sourced themselves such as specialised topo maps and vector maps - the Garmin format - and when the map update period is over and they don't want to pay the exorbitant fees for new ones.

I gather the MU-X comes with SUNA, the real-time conditions subscription. That will need to be paid for when the freebie time is over but it's not steep. It's effectiveness depends mostly on the rules the autorouting software in the GPS uses. Some decide a diversion must involve main roads.
You should be ok on the SUNA front: "All currently available SUNA RDS-TMC compatible devices provide ‘lifetime’ access to the service, with no more to pay for the life of the device" as per their website.

ISUZU are still working out how they are going to handle map updates, as you've already noticed they're out of date by a bit. You can always pop out the micro-sd map memory card and see what format the files are and do a bit of googling. I might do that myself actually once the missus comes back from swimming lessons.


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Yeah, the Thais were quick off the mark with skirts and spoilers. Not my cuppa! And ivory leather ...

BTW Allan Whiting has 3 vids of the MU-X on YouTube.
Yeah, the Thais were quick off the mark with skirts and spoilers. Not my cuppa! And ivory leather ...
Ahahah.. As you pointed out before, there is a ton of double sided tape chrome bling available on eBay for the MU-X and ISUZUs in general..

It was more the technical modding I found interesting, that and the translations.

Cheers Ziggy, I'll track down the vid links and add them to the thread.


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Thanks Ziggy and Jad308 for that.
Just took it for a drive up the recently opened section of the Northern end of South Rd and the installed maps don't portray the changes.
Will have a question for the dealer when I go in there this week, will update with the outcome.


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Yep monbeg. One of those two street map providers has a rep for slow updates so the dealer may not be able to help.

Jad, some of those translations are classic. "Mu-x's relative greeted me." Right. A mini-mux perhaps.
Hi Guys.
Agreed that the tank is a little small, but, if you need extra there is already an after market auxillary tank on offer ( see link ). I must admit 600+ ks urban is pretty good from the standard tank. I hope to see the towing mileage for myself soon.

NEW!! Isuzu M-UX 90lt Aux Tank

As for the GVM comment - I suppose it all depends on what you want to carry vs what you want to tow. Personally the 600 odd kilos payload is far more than I need.
Where do you put the spare?


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Roof rack, hanger on a replacement rear bar or inside.

I'm chasing details of a WA source of an aux tank that doesn't displace the spare.
Where do you put the spare?
The only one I have seen is from Tyre Trek. It looks pretty good if you have a tow bar, but, it looks as though you are not able to use the towbar for towing once it is fitted.
Completely off subject, but, my LST has done 2000 k's and I am really enjoying it.
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Can anyone tell me if the rear suspension setup is like the colorado 7? I want to fit a set of king springs and bilsteins to wifeys LST when it arrives and i can source them for the colorado, so was hoping the rears were similar but i suspect the 5 link setup on the back will require longer travel billies....
Spoke with Harry Suzuki today from isuzumotorsports and he is off to thailand next to finalise their range of shocks for the mu-x. Hopefully have something soon
Well thats some interesting news. I'll add that to the rumours section. I'm dying too know how you got into a conversation with Harry though.
ISUZU Auto Transmission Slope Control

ISUZU got back to me regarding the A/T slope control system as it wasn't explained in the owners manual.

The Work Shop Manual refers to the feature of A/T under “Slope control “– refer below the excerpt. This feature is being controlled by the Transmission control module when travelling uphill and downhill and not specific for 4L only. We don’t have the feature similar to Toyota Prado or Land Cruiser which they called Downhill Assist Control and Hill Start assist control which can be operated only while in 4L.

“When driving uphill, the TCM performs driving using the uphill mode to prevent repeated shifting due to speed deceleration and to obtain sufficient torque. Also, when driving downhill, the downhill mode is used to prevent up-shifting due to acceleration with accelerator off.”


Awesome, especially responding during the rally. I wonder what else they maybe cooking up for the MU-X especially now that they've got a production rally car up and running.

In regards to ISUZU Motorsport, if you buy anything from their site, they tend to chuck in a free stubby holder.