1994 Isuzu Bighorn 3.1 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


I have a very high opinion of this vehicle, and it is better than I would have expected or hoped


Other than the usual disc pad replacement, I have had to replace the left rear disc, as the locating pins of the caliper seized. Consequently the caliper would not self adjust, causing the disc to wear on the inside.

I had to have the alternator reconditioned at approx. 200,000 kms.

I have just had the injectors replaced and pump timing reset.

The wagon is still running its original clutch, which surprises me.

General Comments:

The wagon is very comfortable on and off road. It has taken me places that I wouldn't want to walk.

There is more than enough room and reasonably quiet except for traveling at speed for a reasonable length of time. This tends to dull the sensitivity of ones ears after a while. Probably its worst point.

For its size and weight, it handles amazingly well. Better than I would have expected for a vehicle of its type.

I've read of bad fuel economy with these vehicles, and as ours had slipped to 27 mpg, I decided to have the injectors replaced. I'm expecting this to increase to around 30 mpg or better, and the signs are good so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2009

25th May 2011, 16:09

Does anyone know why when I select Drive on the auto box of a 94 L reg 3.1 Lotus Bighorn it does not seem to go in to top? Also the overdrive switch when pressed does nothing, all other gears engage?

The check transmission light is also flashing.

I have checked the auto box oil level and it is just below the low level line on the dip stick, how do I top it up?

1988 Isuzu Bighorn Turbo 2.8 turbo 5 speed from Australia and New Zealand


Good truck


Wheel bearings.

Driveshaft universals.

Engine oil leak.

Seats worn. My model comes with factory Recaro seats.

General Comments:

Truck is generally reliable, other than things mentioned, and considering the kms I have done, mostly 4x4 hunting etc, it's great offroad with decent tyres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th December, 2009

14th Sep 2010, 22:10

This is an interesting comment. The car was already 20 years old when this person bought it and he did 242 thousand kilometres in it.

If it rated so badly I am not sure why he did not dump it much earlier.

1993 Isuzu Bighorn Lotus 3.1td from UK and Ireland


Part of the family


Collapsed near side front wheel bearing, which happened to me in the outside lane of the motorway (felt like a blowout without a drop in height). Pulled onto hard shoulder, wheel very hot and melted bearing grease coming through lug nuts, had to replace complete front hub, bearings virtually welded to brake disc. Found a second hand one through www.carsparefinder.co.uk (very good service)

General Comments:

The car is very easy to live with, have towed trailers and caravans with ease, and even pulled the odd tree down with it.

Used daily for last four years, and still feels fresh to drive. A very good family "bus" for the family and dog.

Converted to vegetable oil, which has caused no issues, only plus points :- environment, running costs, quietness.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2008

1992 Isuzu Bighorn Lotus Handling 3.1td from UK and Ireland


Solid, reliable, but thirsty


Had the AA out to add a leak sealer to a leaking water pump gasket. Otherwise, just general service/maintenance repairs/tyres.

General Comments:

Excellent for room with 7 comfy seats.

Solid as a rock and very reliable.

This car will go where others can't.

The one and only bad thing is it can drink diesel 18/gal.

Great handling, still like new bodywork, waxoiled.

I'm about to part ex her for a Skoda Octavia 2.0 estate, and I am still having doubts. It's only for the fuel benefits. It's been such a good motor, and I honestly will cry on the day.

Did try bio-diesel, but it's as much as diesel now.

Even the wife doesn't want this car to go.

Last winter I towed a scouts minibus and fully loaded trailer out of the Staffordshire moors in snow - no problems. Great in 4x4 in winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2007

22nd Aug 2010, 04:07

Hi Folks, I have similar car, an Isuzu Bighorn 1992. Those who may know the countries, I drove from Dar Es salaam-Tanzania to Bujumbura Burundi, then from Burundi to Arusha via Lake Manyala, and Arusha to Lilongwe Malawi, and Lilongwe to Lusaka Zambia, and back to Dar Es Salaam via Mbeya.

This car could handle all kinds of road conditions, very comfortable, and we had no problem at all. Gas was reasonable for the size of the truck and the loads I had.

6th Sep 2012, 15:03

Hi, I use a 1996 Bighorn in Uganda, and many of the roads are dirt tracks, even in the capital. The car flies over them effortless and handles great in the game drives too! Only problem I feel is when on an expressway, I need to hold the wheel tight as it tends to move sideways when moving along ruts, even if it's not deeper than 3 mm.

23rd Jan 2013, 08:46

I am about to buy it for my off road safaris. I am impressed by your comments.

7th Feb 2013, 02:00

Thanks very much for the nice review. I also live in Uganda and was debating on which car to buy, but I will definitely settle for a Bighorn. Thanks again.

29th Aug 2013, 02:51

Hi there! I really like seeing all these positive comments about this vehicle (the Bighorn). I normally travel from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam via Serengeti as part of it, and since I read your comment, I am going to try it. Thanks!

1995 Isuzu Bighorn Fieldstar 3.1 intercooled turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Very practical and reliable for its price


The car drives good, but when you push your foot flat to the floor, the automatic trans chops down 2 gears instead of 1, and it causes the engine to rev out, so you end up having to let the accelerator off.

General Comments:

This is a nice wagon to drive, and it has heaps of room inside.

It has good power and heaps of torque. Very good for towing, and apart from the auto problem, it has quite good acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2007