1995 Isuzu Pickup 2.6L I-4 from North America
Replaced front brake calipers at 88K miles -- both seized.
Replaced rear brake calipers at 90K miles -- both seized.
Replaced emergency brake cable at 100K miles -- seized.
Replaced gas tank at 95K miles due to rust. Vents and lines at top of tank completely corroded and fell off.
Had to replace heater core -- located behind the dash. This was a very major and expensive repair. First noticed leak and odor of antifreeze in cab.
Frame has rusted immediately forward of the drivers side rear wheel. Easy to patch, but Isuzu should have put drains in the frame rails.
Rear bumper (the only part made in USA) has rusted off the truck. Replaced with a Japanese bumper at 45K miles. Still looks new.
Exhaust flex-pipe replaced twice in 18 months due to corrosion.
Overall I've been happy with this no-frills truck, but I have been nickle-and dimed for repairs lately. Unfortunately, I think the frame is going to fail long before the body or drivetrain. Still looks good with just minimal rust bubbles appearing on the tail gate and hood.
My only real complaints are a very poorly designed emergency brake system (which allow the cable and calipers to seize very quickly) and the exhaust system. The flex pipe fails within 6-8 months. Luckily, NAPA offers a replacement for about $20 (vs nearly $250 for the dealer replacement)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th May, 2006