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Truck? I'd call it more of an extended-bed car. by Henrie from Tacoma on 02/11/2010. Trim: 1997 Isuzu Hombre XS Reg. Cab, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Truck starts every time I ask it to do, and hasn't given me any lip when I ask it to haul loads of firewood. Camper shell makes it very convenient when it's raining. Handles excellently, and turns on a dime (It IS, after all, a roller skate.) Excellent gas mileage and absolutely no problems mechanically. This was shortly after GM figured out how to keep things from rusting, so that's a major plus++
Cons: Acceleration is a foreign word to this truck, but what can you expect? Also, it is very disappointing to see the "Hombre" -stickers- all over the place. Honestly, I pulled them all off when I got the chance. The truck had a slippage in the transmission at 27,000 - seems common, and hasn't gotten any worse in the 13,000 I've driven it thus far. Don't expect too many extras, either. These trucks are simple any way you look at it.
Overall review: Overall, I love my truck to death. It's a good truck for someone buying their first vehicle, particularly if they're kinda curious about taking care of their own vehicle. The maintenance is easy, straight-forward, and the lack of accessories can almost be seen as a plus. Parts are cheap, and if you have problems finding them, look for the similarly dressed S-10 or Sonoma models.
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