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Isuzu Axiom Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 230 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Isuzu Axiom

  • Like most Isuzu SUVs, the Axiom is a middle-of-the-road effort, amounting to little more than a rehashed Rodeo wearing nice duds and a Halloween mask for effect.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong V6, distinctive styling, unique features.

  • Cons

    Limited drivetrain choices, old tech underpinnings.

  • What's New for 2003

    There are no major changes for the Axiom this year.

Full 2003 Isuzu Axiom Review

What's New for 2003

There are no major changes for the Axiom this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Money pit!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Axiom XS Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

We bought our 03 in February 2013. It had 113,XXX miles on it and I fell in love with it. 5 minutes after paying for it, it died going down the highway! We baought a brand new transmission and had it put it, and have taken back atleast once a month because it keeps sliping. Then the fuel pump went out, and the day the fuel pump was fixed, the transmission went out again. After owning it for 7 months, we have put more money into keeping it running than what we paid for it in the first place. I LOVE this car, (WHEN IT RUNS!!) but after sinking every penny we had and after being stranded on the road multiple times with my children, we are just taking a loss and selling for anything we can get.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Poor house

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Axiom S Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Since the engine blew 3 months after I bought it ($6000.00), I have spent an additional $4000.00 on repairing everything, and still brakes not working properly. I know I should have gotten rid of it a long time ago, but dealer screwed me so bad I'm stuck with it for another 2 years. I'd love to get some of my money back. I owned Isuzus for 8 years prior, but never again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confused owner

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Axiom S Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I bought my 03 Axiom in Dec 08. The first 5 days I fell in love with this vehicle. On the 6th day the transmission started slipping. I thought it was something I was doing. Every time I begin to accelerate my truck would jerk like it didn't want to go. I took it back to the dealership and of course it didn't do the jerk while they drove it. I took it to the service dept. where they supposedly did a transmission flush and it stopped the slipping for awhile. It's back now. I am so frustrated with this vehicle. I'm on the verge of taking it back.


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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Axiom XS Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

This is the best SUV on market til 2005, Quality is Isuzu's best selling point. I change oil every 7000 miles.

Very pleased

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Axiom S Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I just bought this car used it had 46,000 miles and was a one owner and it still smells new and it drives great. I read the other reports and that helped with my buying this car, so I hope mine will help also. If you find one of these cars I say buy it, so far I love it. The homelink is a nice feature also, you do not have all the bulky gadgets to store in your car.

Tx driver

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Axiom XS Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Overall, I'm pleased with this machine. Styling and performance is great. It's always a head-turner wherever I go. I hope that Isuzu reconsiders and produce them again.

Talk About The 2003 Axiom

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I have a 2003 Axiom 46000 miles 7 mts out of warr on their 3 year. The sunroof will not close, and the dealership says I need replace the whole unit. cost of $1400 labor cost another $1000. I've had...

I recently had a problem with my Axiom 2003. it suddenly stopped working and wouldn't even crank. Can someone please help me....

I just had the transmission rebuilt on my 2003 Axiom. The mechanic called and said it still will not shift down to first gear. It starts out in 2nd gear and will not shift to third. He says the tra...

Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 19
  • highway
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