1989 Isuzu Pickup 4ZDI 2.3
This is one great reliable pup
Very little has gone wrong with my '89 Pup, it has just been solidly reliable for all this time, aside from an alternator replacement, new brake pads, tire replacements, and a few timing belt seals.
It is however due for a starter replacement, and long overdue in having an oil leak fixed on the engine cover, which has been there since 2001. But when I gather the finances for parts replacements and a general overhaul, I'm going to do it all.
All the frame and suspension bushings need to be replaced, all brakes, lines and wheel bearings, engine valves, rings, rods (short block) sensors, new radiator, air and water, pumps. At least I'll have old parts if new ones fail, and this truck deserves lots of TLC.
The only times I've been towed was a failed alternator and a flat tire. I bought it for $1100 bucks.
For a 5 speed 4 cylinder, this little 4ZDI engine rocks. It can haul full loads of sand across town and up 30-40 degree inclined streets.
0-60 is in about 6-7 seconds, and it can shift fast... it does take a lot of rpm's to go through the gears from 0-60, and fourth is good for a passing gear before lunging it into fifth gear. It can peg the speedometer past 110 mph, and sounds like a powerhouse generator at that speed.
The 4ZDI is a very racy engine, very hyper in 1st gear, and a very strong engine... I think it can outperform many six cylinder engines.
The mileage is still very exceptional, probably around 25-28 mpg on the highway, 12 gallon tank... she drinks only Castrol 10-30, Marvel Mystery oil, Lucas, and some other additives. And it's seen lots of California and Arizona Highway. Say from Sonora to San Francisco on less than half a tank, a very good notch above the half mark. But it will eat gas climbing grades like the Sonora Pass or trips to Yosemite. And it's 22 years old.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th May, 2011