ISUZU ELF 3.1LT DIESEL 4WD MOTOR HOME

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 12:08
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G'DAY ALL ---- HAS ANYONE GOT OPINIONS (GOOD or BAD) ON THE ABOVE FROM A BUYERS POINT OF VIEW.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 13:29

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 13:29
There was a discussion on the CMCA forum re them a while back. They are really only a small 4wd truck only good for slippery surfaces rather than 4wd as such. Think AWD but the weight and lack of power is against it as well.
They are grey imports from Japan so parts could be a problem.
From memory the general consensus was that they were a reasonable little compact motorhome but forget the 4wd side of it, basically good for getting off wet grass as long as it didn't sink.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wamuranman - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 17:53

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 17:53
I’ve got an Isuzu Elf tipper (grey import) – probably the same engine. Isuzu build some of the best small trucks in the world. I use mine on my hobby farm and it just goes and goes and goes with minimum maintenance. All normal parts are available direct from Isuzu – filters etc. I think the engine is the same as some of their direct new imported trucks. The only issue may be the gearing – worth a drive on the highway to check it out. Mine is very lowly geared and will be flat out getting to 90-95kph on the highway. Suits me as I use it on steep roads – can start off on a steep hill in first gear with 2 tonnes of road base loaded. A mighty little truck. But not one I’d want to drive long distance.
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 18:11

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 18:11
If it is a 3.1 TD than it will be the 4JG2 motor which was used in the Holden Jackaroo from 1992 to 1997. It is the same motor I have in my Isuzu MU and MU Wizard, the only problem we had with this motor was the turbo, which you can now buy new for around $800. We have done some work on ours and now can product up to 400 NM of torque. One thing to remember when you buy an import vehicle is all Isuzus were fully galvanised, ours is 18 years old and seen plenty of beach and still no rust, hope this helps.
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Reply By: stevo - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 08:22

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 08:22
Ok ----- Thanks guys -------- good info to digest ----- stevo
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