It's Official: No More Isuzus for the U.S.


The company known more for its fictional 1980s spokesman, Joe Isuzu, than its cars is officially out of the new-car game. Even though most Isuzu dealers closed up shop long ago, some were still selling the company’s pickup trucks and SUVs throughout 2008, to the tune of more than 7,000 units.

But no longer; while Isuzu will still sell commercial trucks in the U.S. and offer service on its past products, it will no longer sell new vehicles as of Jan. 31.

As we work our way through all the details of the upcoming Detroit auto show, this bit of news doesn’t really seem to impact the automotive landscape. If you have fond or not-so-fond memories of Isuzu, let us know in the comments.

No Lie: Isuzu to End Sales in North America (KBB)

By David Thomas | January 5, 2009 | Comments (12)



if they had contnued making the trooper they would had probably succeeded


who cares Isuzus?


i'm surprised they lasted this long ...


I've never given Isuzu a second thought since they stopped putting diesels in any of their vehicles.


As long as they make commercial vehicles.


99 isuzu rodeo, original owner with 186,000 miles on the odometer.
-still my daily driver.

Replaced fuel sending unit 2 times (tells the fuel gauge how much gas is in the tank), gear shifter once, abs modulator once, egr valve once.

Oh, and it burns oil (I check it regularly though).

Overall, its been a great, reliable vehicle and I'm not looking forward to the day it finally kicks the bucket.

I know my experience isn't the same as everyone's but I know quite a few people that have put many miles on there Isuzus.


GM killed them.


I had a 99 Isuzu Rodeo, RWD with 4cyl. At 358 miles, I had to have a new engine due to failed oil pump. Everything was fine until about 40k miles, then everything that had the word clutch in it had to be replaced; a/c clutch, transmission clutch, brake clutch. After that, the brake clutch went out every year until I traded it in. The final straw when the thing wouldn't accelerate over 25 mph. I took it to the shop and found out that a bolt had broken in the engine, the cost of the bolt was $2.00 and then $3000.00 to remove the engine and rebuild it. Needless to say, I traded the thing in. It was well executed but not well made...worst vehicle I ever had.

I've never even seen an Izuzu dealership.


^Sounds Like a Lemon to me.^

A new engine at 358 miles would have been the last repair i made on any car.

I'm sad to see them go. I have fond memories of my 1988 Impulse and was sad when they stopped selling cars at all. Perhaps in some future state they'll be back.

Jay Fleming

I had a '91 spacecab and drove the wheels off of it for 176k miles. Still running strong when I sold it. Would have kept it if my kids hadn't outgrown the rear seats.

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