Junkyard Find: 2002 Isuzu Axiom

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 2002 isuzu axiom

Remember the Isuzu Axiom? Of course you don’t, because this Rodeo-based SUV was sold (in tiny quantities) for just the 2002-2004 model years and was then replaced with the Chevy Trailblazer-clone Isuzu Ascender.

Oddball, 21st-century marketplace flops are interesting to me, for whatever reason, so we’ll follow up the Kia Rondo Junkyard Find with this Denver wrecking-yard inmate.

The owner’s manual was still inside, and it included this mysterious graphic.

I’m hoping to find a Suzuki Equator next.

Even Joe Isuzu himself couldn’t move the Axiom out of Isuzu showrooms.

There is at least one Axiom with Lambo doors and 22s out there.

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  • Flybrian Flybrian on Dec 09, 2015

    Fun Fact - with the SUSPENSION warning lamp illuminated, a Axiom suddenly transforms into Dynaride mode. A blast to drive.

  • Rocketrodeo Rocketrodeo on Dec 10, 2015

    The VehiCross was the unicorniest of the Isuzu SUVs. Limited production combined with actual offroadability means that these have quite a bit of collector value, if you ever see one for sale. The styling was pretty shocking in 1999 but it seems to have worn pretty well. These are recent enough that there would probably be quite a bit of utility left in these.

  • Abqhudson Passenger seating in recent accords has been unacceptable with my 5’2” wife forced to look at the dash while sitting in the hole provided.
  • ToolGuy Real Subarus are green and coated with dust from at least three different National Parks (Gateway Arch doesn't count).
  • ToolGuy Good for them.(And their customers. $2500 first-year subscription on top of the system cost? That ain't me)
  • ToolGuy T E L L U R I D E is not on this list(I can keep my poster on the wall)
  • ToolGuy My impression is that Honda has been coasting on its reputation for awhile now.(To Honda's credit, they aren't standing on the Self Destruct button like Toyota seems to be)