In June of this year I purchased the 5 passenger vers Ascender with the in
line six. We love IT!! We choseh the leather upholstery and moon roof
with all the gadgets including the GPS Nav system and Bose music. This
vehicle tops the satisfaction level above all else that I have purchased in
my lifetime thus far (approx 28 vehicles) The warranty far exceeds what
Trailblazer or Envoy will offer to you. There is a V-8 option with approx
330hp but the 6 that produced 290hp is extremely powerful for anything that
me or my wife requires. Some literature says the six cyl is only 275hp but
if you visit this Isuzu (main) link and clik specification you will see that
Isuzu rates the 6 banger with 290hp at 6000 rpm . Here is the link on the
horse power performance: http://www.isuzu.com/ascender5_specs.jsp
Currently, the pricing is very favorable for buying one of these beautiful
SUV's. Again, Connie and I love this Isuzu very much and the only down
side we have discovered is that the fuel economy is not the best on the road
(17city 21hwy) but when one realizes the exceedingly powerful engine and
this engine is a VORTEC (GM's tried and proved best concept ever) I take
the gas mileage as quite good. This SUV is capable of keeping up with or
blowing off the majority of production cars and trucks on the American
Please go test drive one and be sure to tell the sales person in advance
that you plan to put it thru it's paces. And do step on it. I think you
will be amazed at how smooth, quiet and powerful this SUV performs.
Should you have any other questions, feel free to email me or Connie at
this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ernie and Connie Krist
Thats very true. Only problem is that the number of Isuzu dealerships
to honor that warranty is next to nill. So many have closed up the past
few years. I hope they come back when Isuzu starts offering more
vehicles for sale.
I'm not a GM person. Is the Vortec the same engine that had horrible
piston slap issues that GM refused to do anything about?
Isuzu is working hard at slicing out their piece of pie from the current
market. Here in the Carolina's USA at least some older established Ford, GM
and other dealerships have installed Isuzu as new add ons to their dealer
set-up. Mainly due to the 2 new pick up trucks, the I-350 5 cylinder crew
cab and the model I-280 4 cyl. extended cab. These trucks as well as the
new 5 cylinder powerplants seem to be made by Isuzu truck division. I saw
under the hood were many Japanese markings on parts. I did a test drive on
the supercharged i-280 and was impressed. I thought I was driving a big
About the warranty, I purchased an add-on extended warranty for my 05
Ascemder that allows bumper to bumper coverage to include full roadside
assistance and loaner vehicle if needed without deductible all the way thru
84 months or 100k whichever comes first and and service is guaranteed at any
Isuzu or Ford Dealership. And we all know the 100k would come prior to the
84 months. Right! LOL!
I hope that you have had a chance to see the new Isuzu pickups. the
front-end grill's etc seem to have the nice styled lines that attracted me
to the Ascender. The Ascender to me and my wife appeared far more
aesthetically appealing than did the Trailblazer or GMC Envoy.
I wish that I was in the market for a new 4x4 pick up because I would
definitely be driving that new Isuzu 4x4 5 banger with me.
Here is a link to the new 4x4 Isuzu trucks:
To me, life would so dull without an Isuzu,
Ernie and Connie,
1990 Trooper S
The more people that I meet, the more I love my Golden Retriever
I am also an Isuzu fan, and I truly wish that Isuzu would turn itself
around, but I can't help but respond to correct a couple of
First of all, the new pickup trucks are built at a Chevy plant, not
an Isuzu facility. Isuzu shut down their Indiana manufacturing
facility in the United States some time ago.
The reviews I've read at Edmunds.com and elsewhere tell me that the
I-350 and I-280 are not competitive with offerings from several other
manufacturers, which doesn't surprise me given Chevy's involvement.
I have also read that Isuzu will not bring a replacement for the Rodeo
to the U.S. market, which is a terrible shame. My Rodeo, which was
built at the Fuji plant in Indiana, has performed flawlessly without a
single issue for nearly 4 years. I'm not sure that the proposed
replacement, which was to have been built in Thailand if I'm not
mistaken, would have been comparable in any event.
To all outward appearances, GM has destroyed Isuzu as a competitive
brand in the United States. The dealer network is collapsing on
sales that are barely over 10k a year. Based on what I've seen of
Isuzu's new vehicle roadmap, I sincerely doubt this brand will be
around in 1 - 2 years.
Out of curiosity, is your 7/75 Ascender warranty backed by Isuzu or
Glad to hear your input. My Ascender factory warranty to 75k miles is
backed by Isuzu and from 75k to 100k miles, I have a better warranty that
kicks in from of all companies (Ford Motor) that additional warranty was
purchased by me to make certain that everything is covered to include a
guaranteed loaner vehicle should it be required to spend and overnight at
the dealer. The reason for the Ford coverage is that my Isusu dealership
(University Ford and Isuzu) is also a big Ford dealership.
Considering that Isuzu is the largest truck manufacturer in the rest of the
world, I feel quite certain that they will be back in the US market as soon
as they can work out some of their marketing glitches.
I also liked rodeos. And have enjoyed the 4 troopers that I have owned very
much including the old 90 Trooper that I still drive. Unfortunately, the
"better half" gets most of the pleasure of the new Ascender.
Regarding my Ascender purchase, if I had to do it over again and after
shopping GMC Envoy and Chevy Trailblazer, I would act exactly in the same
way and buy the Ascender. It has better looks than the other 2 and seems to
have some bettere appointments that Isuzu wrote into the OEM contract with
the assembly part of the GM deal.
Good hunting and "Go Isuzu"
Jonathan, you're correct. I've done extensive research lately deciding which
to buy. But in the end, I took Ernie's advice and bought a 2005 5 pax
We are very pleased so far. The I bought the extended warranty to cover
I could have gone w/either the 4-runner or Pathfinder, but both would have
me atleast $5-6K more. Not worth it seeing how you get the same thing at
entry level w/the Ascender that cost extra with those other guy's.
Not sure about the rest of the Isuzu dealers, but this one in Corpus
seems to be moving vehicles in record fashion. Tks/Evan
I'm glad to learn that you took the plunge and purchased the Ascender 5
pass. I rest confident that you will enjoy it very much as my wife and I do.
If their was one over-whelming feature that I could reflect about my 2005
Ascender 5 pass would have to be the powerplant and as you should be aware
from the factory site that I posted earlier showing the 290-horse power
This engine and transmission has to be the smoothest power and performance
combined that I have ever experienced. I really believe that they have
mastered the engineering of this engine almost perfectly.
My wife recently completed a 4500 mile round trip from NC to TX and back
home and not one little incy mincy drop of oil was used on the trip that she
cruised approx 80mph during most of the trip. Also, my dealer is selling
them with a high volume passion due to the overwhelming response that the
public has showed for this SUV at such an affordable buying proposition.
Who knows: "Maybe the Ascender will be a collectors item some day" lol!
Ernie, this past weekend my wife/I made a round-trip from Corpus Christi, TX
to Houston to visit family...about 500 miles round-trip. The ride was very
and the passing acceleration was more than adequate. Tks again for the vote
Can't understand how Isuzus could be flying off the lot. Anemic
national sales numbers and my own experience lead me to a different
In Houston, one of our two remaining Isuzu dealers has turned his
dealership into a trailer park. It's actually one of the funniest
things I've seen in some time. A large Isuzu "Sales and Service" sign
has been mounted in between two mobile home trailers on a dirt and
gravel lot off of I-10!
The physical space where the original I-10 Isuzu dealership was
located has been turned into a Kia dealer.
I've decided that my next vehicle will probably be a Subaru.
It must be a regional thing regarding why University Ford/Isuzu sales are so
good. In fact they went out "nationwide" and purchased all the new Isuzu
Ascender inventories from dealers that were closing down because the new
2006 Isuzu pick ups were rolling onto the sales lots and the Ascenders were
depleating very quickly. They actually showed me the paperwork from the
bolo dealers sell outs. The salesman that closed my deal in July told me
that I was his 31st sale for an Ascender during that part of July, 2005.
And he also sells his share of the Fords as well.
I have a local Isuzu dealer (Leith Isuzu) here in Fayetteville but would not
do any business with them as I had some bad experiences with them and the
new 96 Trooper that came from there. I still checked pricing and it was
well worth the 2 hr drive to University because I saved alot of money
compared to Leith.
I hope you enjoy the Subaru, the new models look hot and very well
Isuzu does manufacture loads of trucks worldwide, but most are
COMMERCIAL vehicles. Yes, the ones with the diesels in them.
Isuzu as a passenger vehicle company is pretty much done.
I did own an Isuzu some time back and I seriously could not believe how
many folks in the forums I frequented could not believe that Isuzu was
becoming dust. I guess they did not want to smell the coffee...
The Pickup (what I owned) being replaced with the s-10 should have been
a clue. Mistubishi and Mazda did likewise and neither have been the
same. Mazda at least is owned by Ford.
As for the piston slap, the I6 should be safe, but word is that the
occasional oil drinker or slapper in the gasser GM v8s is still around.
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