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2008 Isuzu i-370 Crew Cab

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2008 Isuzu i-370 Crew Cab Review

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The once-robust Isuzu lineup is down to just two models: The Ascender SUV and the 2008 i-Series pickup truck. Although the i-Series shares a common platform with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, it offers a better powertrain warranty for those who don't put a lot of annual miles on their vehicles and tend to keep them for a longer time (seven-years/75,000 miles vs. five-years/100,000 miles). The tough little i-290 and i-370 are among the few remaining small trucks that can rightfully call themselves compacts, giving them an advantage in both maneuverability and fuel efficiency over their ever-larger rivals. If you're not looking to tow heavy loads nor require copious amounts of passenger space, the i-Series trucks make a great choice.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a rugged compact pickup offering good fuel economy and a great powertrain warranty, the 2008 Isuzu i-Series should be near the top of your shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a four-cylinder regular cab pickup with four-wheel drive, Isuzu doesn't make one. Those shopping for a crew cab pickup offering a V6 or V8 engine or a six-foot bed will also have to look elsewhere.

What's New for 2008

Some trim and package reconfigurations mark the major changes for 2008. Towing capacity for the i-290 is increased from 2,100 to 2,200 pounds, while the i-370 sees a 37-percent increase in towing capacity, jumping from 4,000 to 5,500 pounds. Traction control is made standard on all 4x2 Crew Cabs.

Driving the i-370 Crew Cab
Driving Impressions

The i-Series pickups are well mannered when traveling on paved surfaces, offering a comfortable ride and respectable acceleration. Some testers were not happy with the vague steering response and touchy...

... brakes, while others reported that traversing washboard surfaces caused the i-Series' rear end to jump about. In this regard, the i-Series pickups lag behind the standards set by the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. These same testers, however, praised the i-Series models for their off-road abilities, noting the narrow body was easy to maneuver in tight spaces and the four-wheel-drive system seemed undaunted by loose sand and rocky trails. We were pleased with our test truck's 3.7-liter engine, which averaged about 18 mpg in mixed city and highway driving.

Two-Position Tailgate
The i-Series' tailgate can be set at a 55- or 89-degree angle, the former positioning the tailgate edge at the same height as the tops of the inner fender liners, which allows items longer than the bed -- such as that 4x8 sheet of plywood -- to be supported yet remain level. The tailgate is also removable and lockable.

Head-Curtain Side-Impact Airbags
The head-curtain airbags offer protection for both front- and rear-seat outboard occupants, and are standard on the i-370 Crew Cab and optional on the i-370 Extended Cab.

2008 Isuzu i-370 Crew Cab Details
Interior

The i-290 Extended Cab offers an optional set of forward-facing rear jump seats separated by a small console with integral cup holders (standard on i-370). Given the cab's limited space, these seats will not comfortably accommodate adults. The i-370 Crew Cab offers better accommodations for four, providing a split-folding rear bench seat with fixed head restraints. Though front-seat legroom and headroom is ample, the i-Series' narrow cab makes for snug shoulder and hip room, and the flat seat cushions don't offer much in the way of long-term comfort. From a purely functional point of view, outward visibility is fairly open and the i-Series instrument cluster is large and legible. Esthetically speaking, however, the abundant grey plastic creates a rather industrial interior that is neither inspiring nor inviting.

Exterior

From every angle but the front, it's hard to distinguish the i-290 and i-370 from their GM cousins, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Isuzu makes the truck its own by grafting on the company's signature chrome grille and badging. A 126-inch wheelbase serves as the platform for all trims, with the i-290 and i-370 Extended Cabs offering a six-foot bed and the i-370 Crew Cab a five-foot bed. Buyers can order a number of off-road and appearance packages, including larger wheels and tires, color-keyed wheel arches and graphic decals.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The i-290 Extended Cab pickup features a 2.9-liter, four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, 15-inch aluminum wheels, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), power steering, automatic on/off headlamps and a 60/40 split-bench vinyl front seat. The i-370 Extended Cab adds a 3.7-liter five-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic transmission, fog lights, sliding rear window, full carpeting, remote keyless entry, cloth front bucket seats, power windows/door locks/mirrors, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with six speakers, cruise control and two forward-facing rear jump seats. The Crew Cab 4x4 includes a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, locking rear differential and an off-road suspension.

Optional Equipment

Optional on the i-290 is the Preferred Equipment Package that adds an AM/FM stereo with CD-MP3 player, rear jump seats, full carpeting, tinted windows and an under-seat storage bin. A four-speed automatic transmission is also available. The i-370 Extended Cab offers an automatic locking rear differential, traction control, head-curtain side-impact airbags, six-disc CD changer and a rear bumper with integrated trailer hitch. The i-370 Crew Cab offers leather seating, six-disc CD changer, heated eight-way power driver's and six-way power passenger's seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Under the Hood

The i-Series offer two engine choices. A 2.9-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine with an impressive 185 horsepower teamed to a five-speed manual transmission powers the i-290. As four-cylinder engines go, the i-Series is one of the most powerful and fuel-efficient in its class. Those needing more power can opt for the 3.7-liter in-line five-cylinder engine offered only on the i-370 Crew Cab. Rated at 242 horsepower, the 3.7-liter seeks to strike a balance between power and fuel economy.

2.9-liter in-line 4
185 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (2WD, manual), 18/24 (2WD, automatic)

3.7-liter in-line 5
242 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/20 (4WD)

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2008 Isuzu i-370 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 53 Ratings for the 2007 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Great basic truck

By on Sunday, March 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good value, very durable"

Cons: "cheesy interior (although durable)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have the 5 cylinder engine, 150,000 miles and still running great. Everything still works. Only complaints are the small stuff: tailgate handle broke (use it every day), tire size is odd so hard to find good match (Firestone Destination LE2 have been the best), CD player (radio) gave out and had to replace it if I still wanted to play CD's. Still doesn't use oil, power steering pump just now showing signs of leaking a bit. Put 500lb booster/helper springs on rear end which helped a great deal for hauling anything of real weight. Although the interior is pretty basic with hard plastics, it has held up and worn well and cleans up great. I like the smaller size as it makes it easier to manage in town, parking, garage, etc. Been a great daily driver."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Has been a reliable truck.

By on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Reliable mechanically"

Cons: "Electrical issues, quality of parts knobs, seats.."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I have never broke down in this truck. I was disapointed when I found out the Chevy Colorado (the almost exact truck) was cheaper. My seat has torn at the stitching, the heat control knob broke (I replaced it $150 junk yard), heater has had electrical issues, and the chrome is separating from the grill. Like I said, I haven't been stranded but there are several small issues that have costed a great deal of money to fix and shouldn't have went wrong in the first place. Overall I rate this truck a 2 out of 5."

21 people out of 35 found this review helpful

Best truck I ever owned.

By on Sunday, February 5, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Vehicle drives quite well . Fuel economy : Town is 23.5 mpg . Highway is 28.2 mpg . I love the generous 7 year 70,000 mile warranty this vehicle has though I have never needed to use it . Rear folding seats are not very comfortable to set in on extended trips . For a 4 cylinder this truck has plenty of power for hauling and towing my small trailer . I would love to purchase another new truck like this but unfortunately Isuzu has discontinued making this truck in the USA ."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

i will buy again i love it

By on Monday, January 23, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive great response"

Cons: "interior cheep non reclining seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"other than the cheeply made interior door handles and seats not reclining the truck is perfict tows my 38 ft flat bed with out issues i love it had no problems at all 2.9 is not to bad on fuel"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Reliable Efficient

By on Friday, December 16, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Truck is no frills, moderate quality of materials. Proven very reliable for me and impressive for a four cylinder. I'm trading for more cab space but other than that I'd never have gotten rid of it."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great economy truck

By on Sunday, January 16, 2011

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

"Basically a Chevy Colorado with a longer warranty and lower price tag. Pros: Inline 4 has plenty of power, have no problems on freeway. Problem free! No issues & I have 45K miles now. Gets good gas mileage for a pickup. Comfortable seating, great AC, nice MP3 audio. Rear doors are a GREAT addition. Storage under jump seats also helpful. Cons: Economy vehicle: some rattles and squeaks. No tilt seating, even on drivers' side. Suspension a little tight. Jump seats are small, seating tight, and a car seat BARELY fits. No center console/arm rest (and it's difficult to find one that fits. Overall: If you can only afford a car, but want a 2WD truck for $15K, this is the one to get."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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