• Summary

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What does this car say about you?

    Not at all interested what it says about me. It serves the purpose it was purchased for and is a credible rival for a more expensive land rover, shogun, land cruiser etc.

    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    First impressions are not great but once they have been in it and seen for themselves the capabilities of it, the comfort of it and the overall feel of it - eyebrows are raised.

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    Yes, although it is now discontinued but I would definitely consider another Isuzu. Anyone considering buying one - shop around as I did for an unabused example and be prepared to pay a little extra for a lot more and peace of mind that it has been cherished. Some of these are really worked hard, absolute nails and will be nothing short of a money pit. But, choose wisely, bide your time and wait for the right one and you will have a fantastic motor with land rover rivalling ability for a fraction of the cost and with far higher reliability statistics.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Another japanese 4x4 - Im hooked on the versatility and reliability of them.

  • Buying experience

    4 out of 5 4.0

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    When did you buy the car?

    August 2013

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Happy with the deal. £300.00 knocked off advertised purchase price along with a 3 month warranty.

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Needed a big, sturdy, reliable but inexpensive vehicle with a few added luxuries.

    What was the dealer like?

    Patient, no issues to deal with. Smooth transaction, car valeted inside and out to a good standard, 3 month warranty given on the vehicle and dealer stood by it when work needed to be done following service at main dealer Isuzu. Cant complain.

  • Driving it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Its surprisingly light to drive given its huge size and weight. This is a proper utilitarian vehicle though - even with the leather seats etc. its still never going to be a smooth ride like a car but it is bearable and by no means as agricultural as some of the reviews on here would have you believe. You don't buy a car like this unless you need it and those who need a hulk of a 4x4 could do a lot worse than a trooper.

    What's it like to park?

    You need a fair bit of skill to reverse park it in small spaces but the turning circle is surprisingly good and the mirrors big. Visibility is also good although the rear mounted spare wheel and split tailgate can get in the way. Its a big car but once used to it, you can easily judge what spaces you will or will not get into.

  • Living with it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    Although had full history and long MOT, booked it straight in with local Isuzu dealer for oil service and general check. Dealer completed a recall that had not been done and did it all free of charge which was impressive given the age and mileage of the vehicle. Service highlighted that both front shock absorbers were shot to pieces and rear discs and pads needed replacing as badly corroded. Work carried out and seller contributed to cost as per warranty given. Isuzu main dealer assured me it is a very tidy car for the year/mileage and all in all car is in good mechanical/working order.

    What's most practical about your car?

    Big presence, high driving position, huge load area, simple and spacious cabin, solidly built and screwed together. Feels capable and handles motorway speeds with ease. Frugal engine too given its 2.2 tonne weight.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    Overdrive is a godsend on the motorway - drastically reduces the revs for smooth cruising and greatly improved fuel consumption.