1995 Isuzu Bighorn Bighorn 3.1 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand
Absolutely a brilliant car, hopelessly under rated by the general motoring fraternity
The only real thing that gave trouble was a noisy turbo at 93000 km. I replaced this with a new one, and have had no trouble since.
The gearbox overheated while towing once, but after an oil cooler was fitted, have had no more trouble.
This would be the best vehicle I have ever owned. Comfortable, reliable, and a very good all round vehicle.
The car has been made to work, and most of the km driven have been towing kms pulling a 2 tonne caravan. The economy is not the best towing, but it is a small price to pay for the power and reliability of the vehicle. When not towing, the car is as economical as any other large heavy vehicle. It is not a speed machine, but will keep going all day long, quietly pulling any load.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th November, 2011
14th Dec 2011, 02:00
We have a 1995 Bighorn, but it's just blown the motor at 181,000k's. We tow a 450mt Nomad caravan, and the BH has 'spat the dummy'. Anyone else had a similar problem?
We've managed to have the engine replaced with a second-hand motor, but are somewhat apprehensive about towing again. Anyone else had this problem? We kept the servicing up on the vehicle, but it still blew.
20th Mar 2012, 22:56
That's what happens when you put a turbo in a truck... especially when towing.
9th Oct 2012, 17:33
If the car is looked after and the cooling system is in good shape, there is no reason why they can't go forever. Mine has 420,000km and only a slight shift flare into 3rd to show for it.
20th Nov 2012, 03:47
Most big rigs on the road have turbos and or superchargers, so "putting a turbo in a truck" works well if you ask those who know.
2nd Jan 2015, 02:18
Yes, ours just overheated towing a medium size trailer with not that much on it. Ours has done 220,000 km. Also the turbo went about 20,000km ago (Jan 2015).