Gerhard Du Toit, a resident of Oudtshoorn, South Africa, had purchased his Isuzu KB in 2003 from his brother to use for his courier business, Road Runner. Du Toit’s brother had originally purchased the truck in 1997 as a demo model with just 7,000 kilometers. Today, the KB’s odometer sits at 1.5 million kilometers, which is just under 1 million miles (930,000 to be exact). Kudos to that.
In order to make it this far, the truck had to face the harsh conditions of the dry Karoo deserts. Du Toit claims that the key to getting his KB to last is to make sure that it’s fuller serviced every 10,000 km, and to use genuine Isuzu parts only. “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.
It’s impressive to see a vehicle of this age in this shape, especially after such heavy usage. Du Toit also says he has a good understanding with his “bakkie,” talking to it nicely every day, as a rider would a horse. It just goes to show that if you take care of your vehicles they’ll take care of you.