Thanks for your input. You are correct regarding the almost identical
designs between the Ascender and the GMC Envoy. I did some further checking
and discovered that Chevrolet Equilnox is quite different. Chevy uses a
much smaller 3.2 V-6 whereas Isuzu uses the larger and more powerful 4.2L
in-line six-cyl. at 275hp. It seems that Isuzu is offering a better standard
warranty too. With GM, perhaps they try to sell the upgraded warranty as an
optional product. Interestingly, the GMC's can be ordered with optional
v-8's all the way from 300hp to 395hp vortec eng's. Thanks again for your
input and I'm still hoping to hear from an owner that has been driving the
2003, 04, or 05 Isuzu Ascender. Thx for the help, Ern :)
The Chevy Trailblazer is the same vehicle as the Envoy and Asscender.
While Isuzu does offer a better warranty keep in mind that there are few
Isuzu dealers around nationwide. Many have closed since they are not
making any vehicles themselves, only rebadged GM's. This could change
by 2007 when Isuzu is expected to bring several new models online.
I had looked at the Ascender and Trailblazers but I needed a vehicle to
tow my trailer. For the money I opted for a 2004 4x4 Durango with the
Hemi 5.7L. Sticker was $33K but with rebates and other discounts it was
24K. That price was barely more than the Ascender we looked at for
considerbly more vehicle.
Miles, how's your gas mileage on that Durango? It can't possibly be less
than my 98 Trooper, and I'm SURE you get more miles to the quart of oil than
I do... which is 300! and I only have 70K on this 3.5 l Trooper.....
I wish I could find a Japanese diesel engine to put in my trooper - I think
I'd keep it if I could.
I get about 15mph around town if I keep my foot off the pedal! It gets
about 18mpg on the highway if I keep it under 70mph. Drops to 16mph at
75. Pulling a 5000lb trailer at 65mph I average about 10mpg. Have never
used any oil. The Isuzu 3.2L and 3.5L are well known to use alot of oil
but generally thats about 1qt per 3000 miles. My 1999 Amigo 3.2L does
that. I believe its because of the short skirt pistons used which does
reduce friction and thus increase HP.
Wow, what sort of trailer are you towing? We've got an 18' travel trailer
that we tow...not too often you see Troopers out there towing stuff, but I
think they do a great job...
Our 2002 gets between 9 and 13 towing the trailer - 13.3 to be exact is the
best I've ever gotten...normally 10-12...9 was driving 75 in a rush to get
home... :-) Ours gets such random driving otherwise that I can't really
say much on mileage. Trips solo I usually see 18-19, think I may have
touched 20 once. As for oil usage, it's spotty. Only got 19k on it so far.
Took a 2 hour trip and back and used a half quart. The next week towing a
trailer 700 miles round trip and it didn't use a drop...makes no sense to
me! Can't complain overall. Our 94 with 130k miles reliably drinks 1/2 to
a quart between changes.
I tow a 22' Starcraft 215SSO Hybrid. Thats what we bought the Durango
Hemi for. For the money it was a far better tow vehicle than the Isuzu
Ascender. I love my 99 Amigo. Fun very reliable mini 4x4.
Hello again Durango owner,
thx for chimeing in. I hope you enjoy the power of the Durango. I, like
you must pull a heavy boat, (6ton 27ft Bayliner Trophy) with all the
rigging. I use a Ford (dualie) with a cummings diesel. The big HP is
needed to pull that Bayliner up the hills. the Ascender is for my wife who
is a "in the field" home health nurse. And she is one of the few females
that you might see on the hwy that really requires a good and comfortable
4X4. She gets down some old eastern NC road that actually requires her to
stop, get out and carry her heavy nursing bad to the patient's front door
because the holes and ruts, crevices are so severe that she can't go further
and must walk. LOL! I constantly reminder that it is good for her figure
and normally that is just prior to having a shoe or worse thrown "fast
pitch" aimed for my forhead. <laughing> <--but true!
Thanks again for the input and I think we will enjoy the Ascender. I'm
going to stay loyal to Isuzu because I had such good luck and fun with the
one's that I owned in the 80's and early 90's. 1984 trooper and also I had
a 90 trooper. I really missed them when they retired.
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