Need info on Isuzu NPR trucks...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by fastcutter, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. fastcutter

    fastcutter LawnSite Member
    from west tn
    Messages: 240

    I am look to buy a Isuzu NPR truck witha landscape bed on it. What do I need to look for? The ones I am looking at are Diesels, some with Auto Trans, Some with man trans, Some with 145 motors and some with 175 motors. Most have alot of miles. Start around 150,000 to 175,000 miles on them.
  2. Kut Kreator

    Kut Kreator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    It's a place here in Commerce GA that sells used Aarons Rental trucks in very good condition. I bought one last year an 04 for 22k with 48k miles on it. They do not finance must come with own funds or financing. Just food for thought.
  3. fastcutter

    fastcutter LawnSite Member
    from west tn
    Messages: 240

    Most of the ones I am finding have 150,000 to 175,000 miles on them and they have new LAndscape beds. All are Diesels. Thats what I am looking no gassers for me. I just don't know a lot about there diesel motors. How long will they live?
  4. SLSNursery

    SLSNursery LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    We've purchased them new and used (in the 45k range) with and without bodies. We've run both the Isuzus and some Mitsubishi Fe models. Right now we are running 5 - 3 landscape bodies, 1 dump, 1 hook-lift.

    I wouldn't go near one with 150-175k on it, even if it was free to a good home.

    Some of the used ones have been great. That means, for the purchase cost they lasted long enough without problems to justify owning them. The transmissions have been replaced on all of them, at least once. One of the NPRs has had every problem it could, so we just keep hanging on to it because the repairs have worked. The motor blew up (timing key slipped out!) and was rebuilt with just about 100k on it. Then, the transmission, then the injector pump. The trucks are all about 1999s or 2000s, bought in about 2002 and 2003. They all gave us a year or 2 with no real problems. Now, even the small problems add up quickly because repair parts do seem to cost more, and to some degree the labor is specialized.

    The new ones, or close to new have been fine, but not perfect. They do provide you with a 5-7 year in service with no real problems time frame and seem to be worth the cost.

    With your list of equipment why would you consider buying a pig with 175k on it? Go for a new one, or at least something fresh. Money seems to be cheap now, and they are dying to sell trucks, at least that is what we are seeing.
  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    Which GVW trucks do you have ? How do they run when loaded to the max GVW. Do they lack power when towing ? Have you have any 450-550 Fords and if so how does the Isuzu compare?
  6. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,407

    The isuzu npr hd diesel & the ford f450 are very close. I built an izuzu dump new in 2003, its been a great truck, year round workhorse with a 9' snowplow. I myself wouldnt buy any truck (gas or diesel) with that kind of mileage, its going to need lots of service. My npr is starting her 7th season monday, 60,000 miles, $1200. in repairs. I expect to run this truck up to at least 120,000 miles, then upgrade or run it until the end? Perhaps by that time kubota will be building cabovers, i hope so! I have the 175 hp turbodiesel auto, i do wish it had more hp when pulling a grade with my machine in tow,however, with diesel @ $4.15 im actually glad im running the inline 4.
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,808

    Great milage , last forever and if ya get hit headon you get seriously f..ked up.
  8. Cracker

    Cracker LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Messages: 70

    I have a 95 FRR that just turned 300,000 mi, it has the 175 diesel and 6 spd trans. I just had the starter rebuilt($144.60), other than normal maintenance that is the only repair I have ever had to do. The Isuzu's are bullet proof and run forever.

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