With more than 720 000 kilometers on the odometer, Ryno Jonker’s Isuzu KB 250 is still as reliable as when he first bought it eleven years ago.
A good service is all that his bakkie needs to remain safe and reliable on the road, and to add value to his business Jonker advised.
The 1995 model Isuzu KB was the talk of the town recently when he entered a competition run by Algoa FM, where listeners were asked to submit pictures of their odometer readings to see who had the highest mileage.
The Port Elizabeth businessman’s Isuzu had a whopping 726, 838 km on the clock. Despite the high mileage he still uses it every day to transport his workers and heavy loads of equipment.
“The kilometers might be high, but a good service is all the bakkie needs to keep it running smoothly. I travelled to Johannesburg twice this year without any problems or worry that I could get there and back.
“My bakkie is a reliable workhorse. At any given time it can handle a load of 900 kilograms. The bakkie travels between 1000 and 1 300 kilometers every week.”
Jonker also owns two other Isuzu bakkies with 550 000 and 430 000 kilometers on the clock respectively.
“I do not have faith in any other brand besides my Isuzu,” Jonker added.
He is confident that his bakkie will soon see one million kilometers without any hassle.
Known as a workhorse, the Isuzu KB is manufactured at General Motors’ Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth. Isuzu vehicles are famous for their legendary ride comfort together with rugged toughness and superior off-road ability combined with exceptional quality standards. This had been proven by this year’s IPSOS results for sales and service where Isuzu scooped a gold award for sales in light commercial vehicle segments and a gold award for servicing in this segment.
Isuzu has a great heritage having produced six generations of product over the last 36 years in South Africa.