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1997 Isuzu Hombre - Consumer Reviews

1997 Isuzu Hombre

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Good lil' truck!
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By sprog
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Vehicle

1997 Isuzu Hombre XS 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

Got it new in 1/98.
Have 125k on it now.
Alternator went out at 110k, and A/C compressor went out at 113k.
Replaced both coil packs recently, and one sensor was acting up - which directly affected the coil packs.
Other than that - absolutely nothing has gone wrong.
That ain't too bad for 13 years and that many miles.
Very, very, very dependable unit.
The tires can be a bit of a pain to change if you have a flat.
Have actually had to take a sledge-hammer to the inner-sides of the tire to bang them off rims, but other than that small annoyance, this thing has been absolutely great to deal with.


Best Features

Has NEVER let me down. Not exactly a rail dragster at all, but I've gotten as much as 28 mpg on the highway out of it. Add to that - it's got an 18.5 gallon tank, so the range between fill-ups is awesome.


Worst Features

The problem of removing tires.


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160,000 miles and still running
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By kcbh
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1997 Isuzu Hombre S 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

Lowered it 3" ft and bk and put on 17" rims/tires, it corners solidly. Truck is sliver with dark windows with retro wheels.I removed the rear bumper and applied a spray on bed liner. The 5 speed transmission still works good and the engine (2.2) runs fine but lifters clatter a bit. Constant 25-28 mpg. I've driven the truck for 152k miles and haven't ran into any more problems than you would any other cheap truck. AC compressor, heater core, ft end parts and a new radiator this year. Plus the normal maintenance parts. I'll spend a few hundred dollars a year to fix anything that goes wrong and have complete confidence that it will take me anywhere I only spent $3800 when it only had 8k miles.


Best Features

It's lowered to the ground so the factory fender flairs work well with the look. Isuzu did this body change to distinguish itself from the Sonoma.


Worst Features

It was just a cheap truck when it was new so I didn't expect much. At 160k miles it has done what it was sold to do. I guess if I wanted more I would have, which was $3800 on a 4 year truck with 8k miles on it. \


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got to love the SES light
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By j young
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1997 Isuzu Hombre XS 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

Bought the truck new in‘98. My son bought a single cab 4 cylinder Hombre the same day. He had the transmission replaced under warranty twice. My "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" light is now on throwing the same code. 0557- manufacturers transmission code. This happened before and the dealership reset the computer, twice. This is not good....LOW POWER, and I mean LOW.


Best Features

Good outside looks, good brakes.


Worst Features

Scrap the 2.2 engine for anything, fix transmission.


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Hombre-Good Small Pick-Up
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By lawfr
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1997 Isuzu Hombre S 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

The Hombre "is what it is" and that's
a small utilitarian pick-up truck. It
could use some more power, but on the
highway, once you attain cruising
speed, you move right along no
problem. This is a great well priced
functional small pick-up. No
mechanical problems, very comfortable
seating, and easily accessible
controls, and the air is cold.


Best Features

Comfortable seats, very peppy in around-town driving.


Worst Features

It could use slightly more power for acceleration especially when entering the highway.


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Hombre is a disappointing Chevy S-10
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By scottyinco
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1997 Isuzu Hombre S 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

This car is way under powered with the
4 cyl engine and 5 speed manual
tranny. It's a gutless wonder. The
A/C went out right after the 3 year
warranty expired, and the battery ate
itself from the inside out after 12
months. Driver door key works
intermittently.


Best Features

The fact it's a truck and can haul stuff from Home Depot.


Worst Features

POWER, POWER, POWER!!!! Give it more POWER! (oh, and make it more reliable), guess this suggestion should go to Chevy!


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