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2015-07-30 08:31

RYNO AND HIS BAKKIE: No wonder Ryno Jonker his smiling - his rugged Isuzu KB bakkie has covered nearly 800 000km! Image: Quickpic

PORT ELIZABETH. Eastern Province - Ryno Jonker says his Isuzu KB 250 bakkie, with more than 720 000km on its odometer, is still as reliable as when he bought it 11 years ago.

The 1995 Isuzu KB was the talk of the Windy City recently when he entered a competition run by Algoa FM radio in which listeners were asked to submit an image of their vehicle’s odometer to see who had the highest.


The Port Elizabeth businessman’s Isuzu, in use every day to carry his workers and heavy loads of equipment, had a whopping 726 838km on its clock.

Jonker said: “The kilometres 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 900km and covers between 1000 and 1300km a week.”

Jonker also owns two other Isuzu bakkies that have logged 550 000 and 430 000km respectively.

He’s confident that his bakkie will soon see a million kilometres without any hassle.


The Isuzu KB is assembled by General Motors in Port Elizabeth. The brand won a gold Ipsos award for sales in the light commercial vehicle segments and a gold award for servicing in the segment.

Isuzu has produced six generations of product over the last 36 years in South Africa.

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