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2018-06-08 07:15

Image Caption: David Manley and his dog, Bonny, with his old faithful Isuzu 25 Diesel LE

An 18-year-old Isuzu 250 Diesel Double Cab bakkie is still going strong after exceeding its 1-million km's reading in 2017.

Much like its retired owner, David Manley from Mossel Bay, the Isuzu bakkie is still just as busy as before it hit the 1-million km's mark about a year ago.

A million milestone

In fact, Manley and his wife, Gillian, took the bakkie on an adventure just a month after it hit the 1-million km milestone - which demonstrates Manley's confidence in the reliability of his Isuzu 250 Diesel LE.

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Manley, a retired ship surveyor, said: "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."


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Nothing but smiles

Almost a year after hitting 1-million km's 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.

He said: "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 000km's, 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." 


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

"The vehicle is getting a bit rusty... I did not think it would last this long, so I stopped body maintenance around the 800 000km mark.

"That is the vehicle's body, not mine, which continues to age no matter what I do!" Manley said. Meanwhile, Manley and his wife are preparing to undertake yet another trip to Namibia in their faithful Isuzu bakkie again next month.

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