I think there are... there's a very active Isuzu interest group on
www.4.4wire.com that you might be interested in. They have a lot of
experience with solid axle swaps (SAS), putting rock-crawler gear sets
(terra-lows) in as well as engine swaps.
Just curious: this engine is fairly reliable... even considering all
the knocks and rattles and such since they don't affect it much beyond
the noise. Even with these problems it's a fairly bullet proof
engine.. a lot of people have put very high miles on them (250k+).
Why would you want to get rid of a good engine... and drop a Ford or
GM engine in which is generally much less reliable?
thanks for your reply, you've made some very good points! i guess
that i am just being to picky in letting the engine noises get to me,
mine is very reliable, i never have to add oil in between the 3000
mile oil changes, and the engine makes plenty of power to pull the
vehicle into traffic. i probably should just leave it alone. does 15-
16 miles per gallon sound about right?
Annoyingly: yes (if this is mostly city with some highway). I think
the worst I've done is 14 but that was off-road, slow, in 4x4 a lot.
I get 17-21 on the highway; 25 with a good tail wind.
This is still considered pretty good - average when I talk to some
other SUV users, though. The Yukon owners are down right envious.
My daughter just got a 96 Rodeo with a 3.2, and it gets around 15-19 mpg.
Most of the driving is somewhere between city and hwy, has about 69,000 on
it. I'm beginning to realize that we shouldn't expect to get any better
than this. Hoping this will be motivation for her to get something a little
more practical in the future.
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