I am considering an Isuzu NPR diesel for a work truck. I want to fit it with a 9 foot utility bed and a high top. I am afraid of the new Ford, Chevy and Dodge trucks from what I have heard, and I can't afford down time on my work truck. Anyone know about these trucks or tried them? Big B
The Isuzu gas engine is the chevy V8. The 4 cyl diesel is Isuzu. The diesel seem to be low on power with between 140-190 HP. The chevy diesel ver. has a 5.375 rear axle to get the thing moving off the line but you might be limited on a top speed. Diesel fuel econimy might be good even if the fuel costs us .35/gal more. To bad they don't list MPG for medium trucks.
If you plan on driving on the tollway/interstae much you might want to go for a test drive once. See if it gets up to speed fast enough and make sure it will keep up with the other trucks up a slight hill or against the wind (75 MPH here). I been told that other trucks with the Isuzu diesel would not go over 65 mph.
I don't know of any one manufacture of the big three that does not have some problems. No matter what you buy you allways could have some down time.
As far as where it's made it should say on the window sticker. You can't go by manufacture name to say where the vehicle is made. Cars like Hyundhi are now assembled in the US. The new Chevy Cobalt is a Dihatsu and all import.
Re: Isuzu NPR trucks#52535 05/28/0505:52 AM05/28/0505:52 AM
Why would you be afraid of a Chevy, Dodge, or Ford. They are just as good as any foreign vehicle. I'm not referring to the poster here, but it just gets me sometimes that we all complain of losing our american jobs yet we see nothing wrong with buying a japanese car. I think we should support american companies. Just because there are Nissan plants here doesn't mean the profits stay here.
Re: Isuzu NPR trucks#52537 05/28/0510:39 AM05/28/0510:39 AM
I'm all for buying American, but just because a truck has an American name doesn't make it American Made and more often a "foriegn" vehicle is more American than the "American" vehicle.
I drive a Chevy Avalanche, made in Mexico. I owned 1 Dodge Ram made in Mexico and another made in Canada. Dodge is owned by a German company. Ford owns Mazda, a Japanese company. Ford owns Jaguar, a Brittish company. Volvo - Ford Land Rover - Ford Aston Martin - Ford. GM owns 49% of Isuzu That's right, Isuzu is almost an American owned company and their light trucks are made in America. GM also has ownership in Suzuki and Saab.
GMC and Chevy have a line of trucks that are Isuzu NPR's rebranded, so if you want an American name, buy it, but just know it was made in Japan.