The D-Max is the modern equivalent of the original Discovery - The True Go Anywhere Machine (just please, do not get me started about the nappie-wearing current Disco model). I bought mine exactly for that purpose - to travel. Good off road, good on country roads and good on long boring drives to get there. Most D-Max models have a very different suspension setting compared to your average 4x4 truck. Toyota, Ford, Mazda are not something you will take on a 2000km trip. Their leaf springs in the back are too soft so the passengers feel like they are on a moving bouncy castle. Compared to them the D-MAX is composed like a large Merc or Audi. This is a result of having very stiff leaf springs combined with high profile "baloon" tyres. The worst thing you can do to it is get low profile tyres - it completely screws up the ride.
Over time I did a few DIY projects on it. Some of these may apply to another car model, some are specific to D-Max 2007-2012. Similarly, I have figured out a few things you will not find in the workshop manual (you can buy that off websites in Australia for around 3$ - they mandate that any car sold has to have it available for a reasonable price).