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Isuzu Ascender



  • makayemakaye Posts: 81
    Sounds like just another nail in the coffin of Isuzu USA, sad to say...

    I understand that Toyota is taking over part of the old Isuzu/Subaru plant in Indiana.
  • Greetings,

    I just purchased a 2003 Ascender Extended Loaded S model. It's got high miles (144,000) but other than that, it's in mint condition. There are a few things wich made me feel comfortable about buying it even though it has the miles:
    Carfax checked out 100%
    The dealer I got it from, took it in on trade from the original owner for another Ascender.
    All the miles are highway oriented.
    I purchased a 2 yr./24,000 mile power-train warranty.
    The price was $8,900!

    Are there any hints or fore-warnings you all can lend me that might help regarding this year, model, pkg., etc.?

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    "Isuzu dealers sold just 638 vehicles in the U.S. in May, down 48 percent from the previous year."

    Judging by the activity in here, it's about time to shut the barn door.

    Isuzu's 2007 Line May Be Final Year in U.S. (Inside Line)

    Steve, Host
  • lunallunal Posts: 1
    I am wondering about the play in my steering wheel. Sometimes I feel like a have a flat tire (but don't), or that I'm behind a big rig (but I'm not)...or that I just don't have total control of the car...sort of like I am floating. Any ideas what might be the cause of this????
  • A very soft suspension. I have noticed the same thing on my 04. I compensated by keeping both the front and rear tires at 35psi. Makes a difference and helps the gas mileage.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The barn door reopens a crack!

    Isuzu Buying Alabama Land for Plant (Auto Observer)
  • Hi,

    I have a 2007 Ascender. I live in AZ and hunt and fish. I want to get away from the crowds and do some four wheeling. I am looking for someplace that has the gear needed to rig the machine right. A good bumper & winch, roof rack, etc

    Anybody have a good source. I have looked over the net and not much to be found by googling. help

  • chapharchaphar Posts: 1
    I just replaced the serpentine belt on my Ascender, it is a 2003 with 103,000 miles. The belt and the tensioner jumps around a lot and makes a slight knocking type of noise when the engine is running. Does anyone know if maybe the tensioner needs replacing and if there is a recommended period of time to replace the tensioner.

    Thanks, Jarvis :shades:
  • jmikelljmikell Posts: 4
    My 04 Ascender has service codes for EVAP, Camshaft position actuator,Camshaft positon corelation sensor. Now I have a little knowledge of mechanial parts but what the hell are these and where can I locate these parts on the truck? And which should I change 1st? any help would be appreciated. codes: PO455, POO14,POO16 Thanks Jeff
  • Hi - I just purchased an 04 Ascender. The anti theft radio is registering "Locked" and the radio can't be used. The dealership (not an Isuzu dealership) said that I must take the vehicle to an Isuzu dealer to have the "code cleared."

    Does anyone know anything about this? Is it as simple as having the code cleared?

    Thanks for any information you can provide :-)

  • I am searching for the location of the Smog pump on this car so I can replace it in order to have the car inspected and pass the emissions test.

    If anyone has any information on where this part is located I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
  • cacorbcacorb Posts: 6
    Has anyone had a problem with the rear door latch not opening? First, it wasn't latching completely when shut and tonight I find it won't open at all. Any advice or direction would be appreciated. Thanks...
  • acepieacepie Posts: 1
    :cry: Has anyone experienced your fuel gauge not reading and the gas light continuously remaining lit? My gas light came on in 2007 and would not go off so I took it to the dealer I was told it was a senor and of course it wasn’t under warranty, they replaced it $500 later. Now it is 2010 and I am experiencing the same problem. I contacted Isuzu manufacturer and they said it was not a recall and it may be an electrical problem.
  • orchiddjorchiddj Posts: 13
    2005 ascender, 50K, great shape. ABS light came on. Wife got out of car and something was still running under the hood after she shut off the engine (not a fan). The noise comes from driver’s side front wheel well area. Breaks work fine. Called our mechanic and described to him. He says it’s the ABS pump or motor but he does not work on this. Wife disconnected the battery. I came home, connected the bat. The noise started. I moved the truck about 30’ to in front of my garage and shut off. Got out and the pump/noise stopped. This was 3 days ago and now everything seems fine. No ABS light or pump/motor running when engine off.

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
  • hph1hph1 Posts: 1
    I am thinking about buying a 2004 Ascender. When I test drove it for about an hour, the engine light came on while it was idling. The engine continued to run well, as it did before the light came on. The dealer is replacing the sensor saying that it is a bad sensor. Is this a reasonable explanation or would you suspect something more serious as a problem which activated the sensor? The vehicle has 144,000 miles and the exhaust manifold was recently replaced because of small exhaust leak, according to the dealer. I plan on another test drive tomorrow.
  • saquaysaquay Posts: 1
    I am getting ready to purchase a 2008 Ascender. I would like your overall opinion of the performance of this car. Thanks
  • ViperggVipergg Posts: 24
    I bought a 2008 Ascender this year.. Love the vehicle so far . In plain language it is a Isuzu badged GMC Envoy , Looks exactly the same inside . Nice ride and the mileage has not been as bad as I expected and it will tow 5400 pounds.
  • callalily70callalily70 Posts: 2
    edited March 2011
    I realize your issue with the gas light was about a year ago. I've very recently started having the same issue with my 05 Ascender. Were you able to find a resolution? Thanks ~Lily
  • d2cranchd2cranch Posts: 1
    The check engine light on my '06 Isuzu Ascender and the guys at AutoZone waved their magic wand and said that it's the "Idle Control Sensor: RPM Low". I want to repair this myself, but can't find information about it on the internet. Anyone have any ideas? What do I need to buy, where can I find instructions, etc.
  • spuzinspuzin Posts: 1
    I had a 98 Isuzu Rodeo and LOVED it. When it came time to get a new car, I bought a 2005 Ascender brand new off the lot. Only had 24 miles on it. The thing has had nothing but problems since I brought it home. Peeling paint, one window constantly goes off track, the radio runs hot even though I've had it replaced twice, the heating and air does not work if I turn it up to 4 or 5, the gas sensor has already been replaced once and now it needs to be replaced again and I've had to have the drive shaft replaced.

    My car is no longer under warranty and I'm just going to replace the gas sensor myself. I've googled how to do it and it seems easy enough, I just need to find where the floor panel is.

    Sorry I couldn't be any help and I wish you the BEST of luck with your Ascender. I hope you don't get to hate it as much as I hate mine.
  • I have a 2006 Ascendar that is becoming more problematic by the DAY!.

    I've had the Idle Sensor issue, brake lights that won't stay lit, the truck idles strangely when I am not actively driving, the check engine light has been on for almost a year (nothing we have tried works), and tonight the check engine light is blinking. Tires have slow leaks, and when all the doors are shut, and the windows are shut it sounds like a window is open. Mine could be possessed by some car demon (I hadn't thought about that).

    Isuzu, please stop selling trucks. My problems started the exact month my warranty expired...coincidence, or good timing on Isuzu's part.

    Glad to have the opportunity to vent... I might be on here tomorrow; because my truck probably won't start tomorrow - which means I won't have a way to work. Yay!
  • We bought our 2005 ascender with 10K + or- in 2006. Have about 60K. All and all has been a decent ride. Have had a few problems. The fan clutch went (I changed myself). Had another bearing go (was one of the pulley’s to do with the fan belt)

    Our check engine light also has been on for a year or so. our mechanic checks it and says don’t worry about it, Some sensor. It does come and go but seems to come on more when the gas gauge is ¼ or less. By the way we have a great mechanic and I trust him and then some.

    As for engine light I drive an 2005 Chevy Colorado pickup and the light has been on for 2 + years.

    Good luck.
  • I have found out some information on the gas light sensor issue with Ascenders. I took mine to a Chevy dealership to have it looked at. He told me that GM has issued a repair order for the same sensor in the GMC Envoy, Chevy Trailblazer, Buick Rainier, and the other vehicle that I can't think of at the moment, that is similar to the Ascender. All the same build as the Ascender, but for some reason they have NOT issued the same repair for the Isuzu. Why? no idea, he couldn't find a reason. And said that with the Ascender being the same mechanically as the other 4 it would make sense to issue the same repair for the Ascender.
    He did tell me that this is NOT an at-no-cost repair (or a warranty repair), but that GM is footing part of the bill for the repair/replace provided the vehicle is less than 10 yrs old and under 130K miles. He recommended that I call and ask Isuzu/GM what the deal is and whether or not they will help me pay for the same repairs on their red-headed step-child vehicle brand. (And that if that doesn't work to have a temper-tantrum/ hissy-fit until I get them to help me pay for part of the repairs to my vehicle.)

    I have been fortunate with my 05 Ascender, I bought it brand new and I haven't had any major issues with it, one warranty recall repair in the first six months I owned it. It now has just over 100k miles. I've been very pleased with it.
  • Hi all,

    My 05 ascender 7 passenger recently developed a clicking from rear passenger side cargo area. Click starts when I turn on rear air and does for a minuet or so. Does not happen every time rear a/c is turned on. Now the front dash blower is working intermittently. Could the rear clicking be causing dash fan problem? Also how do you access the rear right cargo area where clicking is coming from. Looks like the whole inside panel needs to come off.

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