Inexpensive, reliable, luxury features.
By Bertha on Thursday, March 07, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Cheap, luxury features, no breakdowns"
Cons: "Isuzu doesn't make them any more... :("
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought my 2002 Isuzu Axiom (2 wheel drive) in 2006. My Saab transmission went bad and my budget was blown by the loss, so I wasn't ready to sink a bunch of $$ into another Saab. However, I also wasn't ready to let go of leather seating, sun roof, and heated seats. I also decided I wanted an SUV. So I did a search, and this 2002 Axiom with 42K miles was the cheapest option that came up with all the features I wanted. I bought it for $8500 and have never had to do a major repair. The power is great, the seat heaters work. Mechanically everything has been great. She now has $127K miles and going strong. Because its been so strong and no major repairs, my car budget has recovered, but I can't make myself get another car, cause why bother if this one is working so well? I will say that I did have a transmission issue give me a scare about 1 year in. It was sticky and I could hear something rattling. But I googled it and it was known issue. I found a former isuzu mechanic who resolved it for just $125. Another issue was the wiper relay went bad, causing it to fail inspection at about year 6. There is no easy way to replace this relay. I had to special order it ($5) and pull out the circuit board from an awkward poistion behind the glove box, and solder it on my self. It was my first time soldering though, and I was successful. Issue was fixed and it passed inspection. It may be a rather anonymous vehicle, not exactly a high end luxury brand, but with leather, heated seats, sunroof, etc., its serving me just as well, and I will probably drive it for another 80K miles. I would highly recommend this vehicle, but the problem is, they don't make them anymore, so the best you can do is find a 2004 with low miles and go for it."
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