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2003 Isuzu Ascender SUV

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Isuzu Ascender Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 275 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Isuzu Ascender

  • Isuzu takes a GMC Envoy, reskins it and calls it the Ascender. The best part is that it's Isuzu's best truck.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong six- or eight-cylinder power, clean interior design, plenty of passenger and cargo room.

  • Cons

    Spongy suspension, numb steering, odd exterior proportions.

  • What's New for 2003

    With its product lineup getting stale, Isuzu has called up the Ascender from the bull pen. Essentially a rebadged GMC Envoy XL, the Ascender offers seating for seven and V8 power.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Ascender S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

My Acender has been wonderful because of the size, we have taken it on many trips. I bought the third row Acender and the extra space is wonderful. The seats are easy to move. I have only had a few mecanical problems window motror, the ac doesn't work on the 5th setting and the clutch fan went out. But the clutch fan was kind of pricey but you can buy the gmc envoy clutch fan, it's cheaper and it's the same part. Other than that I love my Acender.




2003 isuzu ascender ltd

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Ascender Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

Better interior lighting is needed.




Piece of junk

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Ascender S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

It is a good thing Isuzu gives an extended warranty. You will need it. We have had one electrical problem after another. Because these problems are not the same in 3 or more cases we can not say this falls under the lemon laws of our state, but believe me we consider this car to be a lemon. The front passenger seat is extremely uncomfortable. The maximum gas mileage we have been able to get is 17mpg. Several exterior pieces are plastic and extremely easy to damage. Within 6 months of buying this vehicle started having squeaks that sound like loosing of hinges etc.. Do Not Buy an Isuzu Ascender if you are smart.




Should have known better...

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Ascender LS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Bought Ascender in Feb.'03 & was in the shop by March, and at least 6-8 times since. The a/c odors (could not sit in the car until we blew out the system with all the windows down.) Repaired 10/03,still smells. There are many interior parts inferior in quality. THe gear shifter came off in my hand, stearing wheel whines,plastic compartments won't shut/open properly, the radio/cd player has been replaced 1 time,& parts have again been ordered for a repair.The "old pick-up truck" rusty, screachy sound they can't seem to find. Although anyone riding in or near the car can here us coming!




2003 envoy limited

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Ascender Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

Was Looking for a GMC Envoy but the Isuzu had a much better exterior kit on it.




Great value

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Ascender LS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

This is truly a wonderful value. The LS is loaded with goodies I would never pay for and I got it for a steal at 25k,and low interest rate. The interior could use some dressing up, but for an active family the Ascender meets all my requirments. Not to many on the road and my wife is asked often about the SUV. Carbon Copy of Envoy, but lower cost and exterior is more appealing.



Full 2003 Isuzu Ascender Review

What's New for 2003

With its product lineup getting stale, Isuzu has called up the Ascender from the bull pen. Essentially a rebadged GMC Envoy XL, the Ascender offers seating for seven and V8 power.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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