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2004 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 13/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Isuzu Ascender

  • Capable, roomy and packing optional V8 power, this is Isuzu's best truck.

  • Safety
  • Pros

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

  • Cons

    Spongy suspension, numb steering, low-grade interior materials, odd exterior proportions.

  • What's New for 2004

    A smaller, five-passenger version joins the lineup. The bigger Ascender is pretty much the same as last year, though Isuzu has added a…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (50 total reviews)

Ascender review

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Vehicle: 2004 Isuzu Ascender S 5-Passenger 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Drives well. Lots of fun. Seems to be an electrical issue with lights dimming at random. Also, the check engine light comes on periodically. Already had battery replaced and light still coming on! Hope this doesn't turn into 7 trips to the dealership like the other review. The paint on the radio controls coming off. This is my first Isuzu and I'm still kinda on the fence whether I'll purchase another one.

The great ascender

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Vehicle: 2004 Isuzu Ascender Limited 7-Passenger 4WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

This vehicle has been great 70,000 Miles no major repairs 45,000 on set of tires and 60,000 on brakes City mileage 16MPG Highway as much as 23MPG The editor's rating is off base, was $7,500 less than its sister Chevy. with double the warranty. Just needs a few more Isuzu dealers in north east ohio. No doubt the Best Bang for the Buck.

Rip ascender :(

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Vehicle: 2004 Isuzu Ascender S 5-Passenger Rwd 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

My husband & I purchased our Ascender March 08, it being a car thatÂ’s not really common we had our doubts but was exactly what we were looking for. We never had any problems on it except for an electrical problem which is common on these cars. When making sure this was the right car to purchase I searched reviews & found the most informative ones on this site so I wanted to make sure that I added my thoughts of this car on here but most importantly how well it handles in accidents. Last week my husband was involved in an accident with a drunk driver which totaled our Ascender but it handled extremely well. Definitely a 10 on safety!!

Gas Mileage


  • 13
  • cty
  • 18
  • highway
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Full 2004 Isuzu Ascender Review

What's New for 2004

A smaller, five-passenger version joins the lineup. The bigger Ascender is pretty much the same as last year, though Isuzu has added a bit of content and fiddled with the option packages. On base 2WD S models, the formerly standard keyless entry and side airbags are now optional. LS models now have a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard and leather seating, formerly exclusive to the Limited trim, can be ordered as an option. For the Limited, driver-adjustable pedals are new this year.

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"the Ascender's seven-year/75,000-mile drivetrain warranty is the best in its class"...

Seven-passenger Ascenders: 383, compared with 434 in March of last year....

There will ONLY be the Ascender 5 & 7 passenger until the 2007 model year. In 2007 Isuzu plans to be completely free of GM and bring a new, completely ISUZU vehicle to the US....