Reporters were asked to keep cornering speeds between 40km/h and 60km/h on a wide, flowing asphalt loop at an automotive test facility. Those suggestions were duly ignored, as an average driver in a regular family sedan could sweep through the same bends at double those speeds. The MU-X felt ponderous on the sort of corners regularly found on Australian country roads, not helped with slow steering and a fair degree of body roll.Sounds of protest from its rough and ready Bridgestone rubber let you know this vehicle is more like a set of hefty hiking boots than a pair of running trainers.We will have to test in local conditions before giving a full verdict, but early indications suggest the MU-X is an excellent 4X4 that is satisfactory on sealed roads. It’s the polar opposite of rival seven-seat SUVs such as the Ford Territory and Mazda CX-9 that have excellent road manners but are less able off the beaten track, and worth a look for drivers considering an four-wheel-drive that can mix school duties with the occasional adventure.
Isuzu Manufacturing Services of America is recalling 8,816 model year 2003-2004 Rodeo and Axiom, and 2003 Rodeo Sport vehicles that were originally sold in, or are currently registered in, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri.The vehicles may experience excessive corrosion near the forward mounting point bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link. The corrosion may allow the bracket to detach from the frame, affecting vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash.Isuzu will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear suspension lower link bracket area. For vehicles in which little or no corrosion is found, the area will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound. For vehicles in which corrosion has damaged the rear suspension lower link bracket and affected its connection to the vehicle frame, a reinforcement bracket will be installed.In the event the corrosion is so severe that the reinforcement bracket remedy would not be sufficient, Isuzu will offer to repurchase the vehicle for an amount based on the Kelley Blue Book “Private Party” price. All inspections and remedies will be provided free of charge for vehicles that are 10 years old or less.