OUDTSHOORN – TWENTY years and 1.5 million kilometres later, a 1996 Isuzu KB bakkie 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.
“Isuzu Delivers” slogan lives up to its promise
He said his brother first bought the bakkie in 1997, a demo model with only 7000 kilometres 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 for every 10 000 kilometres and to maintain it with genuine Isuzu parts.
“Isuzu I have complete faith that it will take me where I need to be…”
“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.
Full service history and all original parts
Boasting a full-service history, Du Toit’s Isuzu KB is still in excellent condition, running on all its original parts.
Du Toit admitted 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 a good understanding and an agreement that their relationship will last for years to come.
The Isuzu KB bakkie built at General Motors almost 40 years.
The Isuzu KB is proudly built at General Motors South Africa’s plant in Port Elizabeth for almost 40 years.
Isuzu vehicles are famous for their legendary ride comfort together with rugged toughness and superior off-road ability combined with exceptional quality standards.