Was wondering if you guys can give me some insight on Isuzu's line of pickup
trucks. I've heard that after 1996, the Isuzu trucks were basically GM
made. I'm trying to decide on a good all around basic truck that is
economical and easy to find on parts as well as good on gas. I'm trying to
stay in the range of $1,000 - $2,500.
Your help is appreciated! Thanks.
While I'm a great fan of Isuzu their mini trucks never appealed to me.
They never sold very well and thus parts aren't that easy to find. The
GM based models will be easier to find parts but not as reliable IMHO.
Your price range limits you to older standard cab no frills trucks. I'd
take a look at used Nissans. They do not get as high priced as Toyota
but are solid mini trucks. I sold my 1993 Nissan truck with 150K on it.
Never any repairs.
I just sold my Spacecab truck at $2100. Basically I think truck is
reliable,at 140K miles, it does not burn or leak any oil, and runs
The MPG of my truck is around 22. Some parts are not so easy to get
here at Ohio.
From 1996, Isuzu Pickup became a rebaged Chevy S10.
Hmm, maybe you didn't want to hear this, but an early 90s Ranger would
be of use to you.
If it wasn't for the fact that Space Cabs are nearly impossible to
find and (to a lesser extent) my 2.3L was a carbed engine (a 93
truck), I wouldn't have sold mine off a while back.
I pimp for the Ranger because mine is a 94 Supercab with the 2.3L and
5 speed and looks very good at nearly 215K on the odo. I've only put
about 5K on it, since I have only had it since the middle of March.
Paid $3000 for it, btw.
The Lima 2.3L is quite reliable...better than the GM OHV 2.2L and does
alright for an x-cab truck. It does 80-85 quite well, considering the
Isuzu was 400 lb's lighter, but still died off around 65 mph and I
never did more than 75 in that!
Just telling you what I see. When you're trying to get the delivery
portion of a restaurant going, a decent x-cab that's easy to get parts
for is a must. The Space Cab would have been neither, but I would
have taken one nonetheless....
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