Isuzu Oasis

The Isuzu Oasis was a direct reply to the Honda Odyssey that was released in 1995. The Oasis was born a year later in 1996 and ran in the U.S. market until 1999. It was built in collaboration between Honda and Isuzu, an agreement that allowed Honda to repackage the Isuzu Rodeo and Trooper into its own vehicles.

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Isuzu Oasis Features

The Isuzu Oasis was a reliable vehicle with a good-build quality just like the Odyssey. The body was well-suited for the suspension system, so the Oasis gently hugged the road during curves. The shocks make for a smooth and carefree ride.

Unfortunately, the interior was very noisy. The engine contributed a bit to this, but the build quality of the interior also allowed a lot of road noise to enter the cabin of the vehicle. The engine is especially loud and weedy during acceleration.

Although the engine can get noisy, the fuel economy is quite good, with 18/24 mpg city/highway. An initial 2.2-liter, single overhead-cam, four-cylinder engine was available on all the Oasis vehicles. It produced 140 horsepower, which is good for take-off but lacking at top speed. In 1998, a 2.3-liter, dual-overhead cam that produced 150 horsepower was introduced. Both engines used a four-speed automatic transmission.

About the Isuzu Oasis

The Oasis was definitely known for its carriage capacity. Cargo space clocked in at a whopping 102.5-cubic feet. You could also fit up to seven passengers. However, the minivan is a bit narrower than others on the market, making shoulder room a bit of a problem. The three-passenger benches felt a bit cramped as well, seriously hindering the ride. One nice element of the seating is that the third row bench folds into the floor, allowing extra storage space.

The Oasis also boasted four doors that swung out, as opposed to two swinging doors and two sliding doors on many minivans.

There were a few mechanical problems with the Oasis throughout its run; some of them serious and some of them minimal.

1996 models often have a cigarette lighter socket that tended to pop out due to a loose ring that holds it in place on the back. These rings can be replaced with a stronger one at minimal cost. The 1996 model also has a faulty glove box lock that causes the glove compartment to open on bumps. A design problem with the fuel gauge needle makes the gauge unreliable. The needle is not long enough to go all the way up to the ""F"" indicator. Another problem on the 1996 model is excessive cabin noise due to a faulty vacuum check valve, which causes the dashboard to rattle. Another fault lies the seatbelts, which sometimes stick or retract slowly; this is seen on the 1996 and 1997 models.

1999 models often have a misfire problem that could be serious, causing a loss in power, greater carbon emissions, and manifold clogs. The fuel door is also a problem, sometimes getting stuck and refusing to close properly.

Isuzu Oasis Evolution

Very few changes were made to the Isuzu Oasis during its run.

In 1997, the Oasis was unchanged mechanically. It did receive a new body-color mirror feature, which replaced the old black units.

1998 saw the introduction of the new, more powerful engine. The 2.2-liter single-cam four-cylinder was replaced with a 2.3-liter that increased the horsepower by ten. The horn was also changed on the vehicle to a pad in the middle of the steering wheel as opposed to the button on the previous model.

In 1999, the Oasis continued with the present course, although Honda redesigned the Odyssey, making it larger and more current with the public taste. Isuzu decided to drop the Oasis that year.

Overall, this vehicle performs just like the Odyssey, a solid minivan that has sold quite well over the years. Although smaller than other minivans, the four swinging doors was a really nice feature that may appeal to some buyers. If you’re considering an Oasis, check the repair records to ensure many of the faults covered earlier have been dealt with appropriately. Furthermore, avoid purchasing the single-cam 2.2-liter engine that was available at the Oasis’ introduction. This weak engine will cause more headaches than it’s worth. Look for the 2.3-liter engine to ensure the best power from the vehicle. Also, skip the 1996 Oasis to avoid some of the nagging issues of the early model’s mechanics.

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1998 Isuzu Oasis


1997 Isuzu Oasis


The 1997 Isuzu Oasis is very similar to the Honda Odyssey in terms of price, features, appearance, and design.

1996 Isuzu Oasis


The 1996 Isuzu Oasis is essentially the Honda Odyssey with a different grille and wheel covers.