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Howdy all! For the last 8 years I recreated with a 1 ton 6.6L Express box van, used it as camper, boat tow rig, and dirtbike hauler in CO and UT mostly. I retired in Thailand last year, and currently run a Toyota Hiace 2WD van with a 2.5L D4D. As of late I want to launch a Waverunner from several beaches and primitive boat ramps so I need a traction upgrade. I'm considering buying a Thai assembled Trailblazer 2.8 Duramax LTZ 4WD; basicly a thinly disguised clone off the Isuzu MU-X 3.0 4wd. Isuzu units with comparable miles and options sell for 3-4 grand more and I'm trying to figure out why other than simply brand trust and recognition. Thais are extremely brand loyal to both Toyota and Isuzu, but taken as a whole, they are not the most scientific lot. Regardless, Isuzu and Toyota dependability and efficiency is stellar, but if I can get away cheaply...I'm an older dude on a fixed income. The Australian Holden forums have been somewhat helpful, other than that, not much luck researching if there have been reliability issues over here with the 2.8L compared with the Isuzu 3.0L (4JJ1-TCX). Anyone have any insight into engine componentry and drivetrain differences? Are the 2.8's here different than the 2016 North American release motors/drivetrains? Should I avoid the first year, 2013 in this case?