I love this thing. Current mileage is just over 155K. It runs like a champ and doesn't use a drop of oil. The only repairs to date were a failed coil at something like 110K miles and a broken parking brake cable at around 140K. The paint on the roof is getting badly faded too. It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. The ride is a bit rough without some weight in the back, but a plush ride wasn't on my list when I was truck shopping. I wanted simple and durable. I got both in spades.
Simple and durable said it all. This truck is as reliable as an anvil - and barely more complex.
I would have liked better instruments (tach, oil pressure, ammeter, etc.) and a full-sized spare. The radio is also too low on the dash and the shift lever makes CD insertion problematic in 1st, 3rd, and 5th gears.
I bought my '95 red Isuzu with mag wheels, with just over 63,000 miles on it, and in excellent condition for $4,500. In the first year I added another 30,000 miles. After about a year I had an accident and everyone thought it would be totaled. Damages came to about $2,600. The insurance adjuster for the other driver was surprised when the appraisal came back at $4,400. In the 3 years since I purchased my truck, I've more than doubled the mileage, replaced a fuel pump, put new brakes, windshield, and had an oil leak. I'm thankful everyday I get where I'm going. My only complaint is no power steering and no air conditioning.
It's just fun to drive, I can pack things behind the seat, and mine looks better with the mag wheels. Although they don't do as well in snow and are expensive. I love the red color.
Power steering, air conditioning, and some way to stop things on the seat being thrown to the floor when I stop.
Ive gotten 72K painless miles from the
cheapest new vehicle on the market in
1995. I can't complain a bit. The
truck is still in good shape and is
very reliable. I anticipate having
this vehicle for a long time to come
(can't afford to sell it as the retail
value is miniscule). I expect this
vehicle to be extremely inexpensive on
a cost per mile basis before I am
through with it.
I enjoy its simplicity,low purchase
price and dependability. An overall
good bang for the buck in my opinion.
The one glaring flaw -high gear is
too low so the engine revs high @
highway speeds. Needs to be geared
differently as the engine has plenty
of power at cruising speeds.