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.
Auto Climate control, fold down third
row seating, powerful V6. Low Cost
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.
It has more leg room than a Yukon or Tahoe
Does not drive like truck
Had already been looking at the Envoy XL
and Trailblazer EXT, but didn't really
care for the stylings of those. Stumbled
across the Ascender here on Edmunds and
discovered it was the same truck, so had
to find one to test drive. What a
The GMC "felt" smaller inside and I
don't like the look of the TB (plus
there are hundreds around here).
The ride was much better too!
So for about $5000 less, I got a better
warranty and up-level options (Limited
minus leather), plus that great V8.
5.3/327 V8 makes all the difference in
the extended length.
Full power seats (Driver and Pass)
Mileage is slightly better than my
Surburan I traded in.
Fuel economy could still be improved.
Suspension is just too mushy and
car-like for my tastes - it's a truck
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!
We like this vehicle, however we
have already had it in for repairs on
the a/c switch. It is suposed to have
a monitor for the life of oil, but the
mechanic manager said we should
change oil every 3,000 miles anyway.
As front passenger sometimes the
consule proved to be uncomfortable
when traveling long distances.
Overall we are still very pleased.
Able to haul kids and friends.
Increased power over a mini van.
Great interior for every one and
stylish looks over similar vehicles.
Adjust consule for better leg room for
front passenger. Driver has no
where to rest arms. Plastic molding
makes impossible to attach after
market bicyle racks that attach to
tailgate at top.
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