On the U.S. website, Isuzu is set to lauch 2 new pickups this summer
- the I280 and I350. The website talks about outstanding fuel economy.
Are they going to introduce diesels in these pickups in the U.S. market?
The Isuzu Japanese website shows that these pickups have 4 engines
available - 2 gas and 2 diesel (2.5L and 3L). My local dealer can't tell
me anything. Any of you folks got the inside scoop???
While Isuzu won't(or legally, can"t) admit it or get credit for it, this
vehicle was designed by Isuzu for GM to sell in the US and Asia. I believe
it has already been sold under the Isuzu badge in Asian countries. This is
the same situation as the DuraMax diesel engine, which was designed by Isuzu
and built jointly with GM in Ohio. Guess who got the credit for one of the
best and most popular engines ever built?
The downside of the i-280 and i-350 trucks is they will be built in
Louisiana where the Hombre/S-10 was built but I spoke with an Isuzu tech rep
the other day and he has not heard of any problems with the vehicle under
the GM badge and besides, Isuzu will have a 7/75,000 Powertrain warranty.
You won't get an argument from me on that. I'm interested to see the Isuzu
version and am considering buying one as I do contract work for an Isuzu
dealer and can surely get a good deal. If there was a diesel option there
would be no considering...it's a done deal!
Well, it's a risk, but I can understand why you would buy an Isuzu
pickup gasser if you could buy it for a fire-sale price. The old series
of U.S. Isuzu pickups were poor in the extreme. Lately, I've seen S10
Chevy trucks carrying the Isuzu brand name. This would lead me to
believe that Isuzu is still not real big on quality. I have a recent S10 -
best engine I've ever had - but everything else on the truck breaks down.
I'm to the point where I am tired of inefficient gas engines. I need a
pickup for work and farm. I'm going to have a small, efficient diesel
engine (3 or 4 liter turbo) even if it means I have to install one in my
old Toyota truck.
I'd much rather have a new one - but U.S.idiot automakers apparently don't
see it my way. They've been content to screw the public for some time.
Some people are high on the Toy hybrids but I don't think the public
realizes the costs involved with those battery packs. Some friends have
an '04 Prius and the computer has gone out twice so far - less than 35,000
miles. These repairs are going to really expensive when the warranty is
If you want an Isuzu diesel pickup in the US you could always buy the
shortest wheelbase version of the Isuzu NPR cabover chassis cab and
have a pickup bed fitted to it. I believe it would have to be a custom
bed as the shortest box the SWB version of the NPR is rated to take is
I have a 1998 Hombre 2.2L It has 157,700 miles on it. it still gets 20mpg
and the only problems I've had with it is the Crank sensor, Cam sensor and
the O2 Sensor. Other than that it has been a reliable truck, considering
the stuff its been through!
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