The LDV(Leyland DAF Vans) is a budget Ute by Saic Motors, which is a Chinese automotive company. The LDV T60 has been on the market since 2016 and is still currently being produced.
This midsized pickup truck is commonly praised for having a lot of features and specs for the price, starting at under 40k AUD. for a ute of this price point, it’s easy to see why the LDV T60 can be a tempting purchase.
However, there are a few issues that come with this vehicle and in this article, I will share the common problems with this pickup based on my experience as a mechanic and also on research of what other owners experience, read on.
LDV T60 Problems
One of the most common issues with the LDV T60 is rust, especially on the body and underneath. The steel used to make this vehicle is very thin in some places, which means that it doesn’t take long for rust to start forming.
This can cause holes in the bottom of your ute and these holes will allow water to leak into your car. This happens over time as the truck is exposed to the elements and different Conditions.
Reverse Camera Malfunction:
A reverse Camera with a 360-degree surround view is one of the top features of this truck but unfortunately, many T60 owners have found that the reverse camera isn’t working properly.
The camera malfunctions at times causing it not to engage when you put the car on reverse, which can be dangerous as you won’t be able to see what is behind your car.
Although the issue usually, sorts itself out when you switch off the car and then switch it back on again, it is still a concern for many T60 owners.
Cruise Control Issues:
Many T60 owners have found that their cruise control is not working properly; it either won’t engage or will disengage while driving.
This can be frustrating when driving long distances, especially if you are in a heavy traffic situation and need to keep your speed constant.
There have also been complaints that the cruise control will disengage without warning while on the highway or when driving at high speeds.
Interior material quality (Plastic Material):
Although this is definitely subjective, some people don’t see it as a problem, there is a noticeable quality difference between the interior of the T60 versus its competition.
The plastic is not as high quality or durable as other vehicles, and although the leather seats are nice and comfy the overall quality of the interior is a bit lackluster.
The fit and finish are not as good as some other vehicles in their class and there are also complaints about squeaks and rattles.
I should put an emphasis on the fact that overall the interior is well laid out and feels modern but the plastic is not as nice as it could be and there are some obvious cost-cutting measures that I think could have been avoided.
Automatic Transmission Jerky at times:
The transmission is not as smooth as some other vehicles in its class and there are complaints about it being jerky at times, especially when driving in town.
I believe the Auto Trans could use some refining and that’s something I would expect to see addressed in future models.
The rain sensors are not as effective as they could be, there are complaints about the system not detecting rain even when it is pouring down.
This can be an issue for drivers who rely on the sensor to automatically activate their windshield wipers, this happens sometimes but is something you should be wary of, obviously not a deal breaker but a common issue on these 4X4
After doing some digging I also found that the engine does seem to have a lag from time to time, especially in the city where there is a lot of stop-and-go driving.
This means you need to put the pedal down a little earlier and harder than you would on other vehicles. This is not a problem for most people, but it can be a little annoying if you are used to driving something else.
My Personal Thoughts on the LDV T60
Being a mechanic means I get to see a lot of vehicles and understand the ins and outs of the industry.
I have seen a lot of these LDV T60s around and I have to say that they are pretty good vehicles overall for the price point you should expect some issues but if you maintain it properly and attend to any issues before they get too bad then you will have a good car.
The LDV T60 is a great vehicle for someone who wants something that’s cheap to run and easy to maintain bt would also advise having another vehicle as a backup in case anything were to go wrong with your LDV T60.
Other Things I like about LDV T60:
- Price Point
- Offroad Capability
- Powerful Diesel Biturbo engine
- 5-Year Warranty
- Apple Car Play Compatibility
- Standard Four-Wheel Drive
- 360 Surround-view Camera