Found For Sale: Does this 1999 Isuzu VehiCross your mind as a good deal?

The price is bonkers, I’ll tell you that. Still, the Isuzu Vehicross is a rare machine. And this example from 1999 seems to be in good shape. Everything reportedly works well. And the listed mileage of 110,383 is actually low for a car from 23 years ago. Additionally, these should be fairly capable rigs. There’s a traction-on-demand four-wheel-drive system that sounds interesting and moves torque around. You also have a transfer case for 4Lo, super short overhangs, and a vehicle that’s actually won rally events in its class, including Dakar.

The one listed here for sale looks good with its black-on-black color scheme, knobby-ish tires, and debadged exterior. Still, $13,950 feels like a lot of money for one of these. Even in the face of its relative rarity.

Here’s the full listing if you want some more info:

Ahead of its time in tech and style. Super fun to drive on and off road.
Way more fun than a Jeep, CJ5, CJ7, FJ40, Bronco, Land Cruiser, Blazer, or almost any other production 4×4!
Nothing wrong with this black beauty. TOD good, windows good, runs smooth and cool.
This vehicle is sure to appreciate in value as the only 4153 ever introduced to the United States from 1999 through 2001.
It is a small, sporty 2-door crossover vehicle with aggressive external styling, including short overhangs, an aggressive forward stance, a black hood-insert, and black plastic cladding over the entire lower half of the vehicle.
Clear title in my name good through March 2023.
brand new tires and rims have the originals also. Red/Black leather Reccaro front seats.
Previous owner de-badged the car.

Head to the full listing for more pics, by clicking here.

6 Comments

  1. I used to work with a guy who had a beige one. This looks better in black.

    From what I understand, production wasn’t limited because of slow sales, but because of tooling technology that was cheaper to produce, but wore out much sooner. I suppose the body panels would be fairly unobtanium today if you had an off-road fender bender.

    Price seems a little hard to swallow, but the two on Ebay have higher asking prices, and the ones I found for less online seem to be restoration candidates instead of daily drivers. And don’t forget what’s happened to the used car market recently. A similar-vintage Wrangler or 4Runner in similar condition will probably be in the same price range.

  2. No way in hell. This is one for the mall parking lot, not the trails. I wouldn’t risk damaging the hard-to-find body panels. Working on this thing would be a PITA.

    And nothing with a fixed top and un-removable doors could be as fun as a CJ or Wrangler. Aren’t these trucks mechanically the same as a Trooper? I’d much rather have one of them– they look considerably better.

      1. 3D printing isn’t an easy solution. First, you need a CAD model. You can scan a part but turning it into useful 3D data is not simple. Then, the printed part is not likely as strong or as well finished as the molded part. You might be able to live with the strength difference or changing the print orientation can help. You can improve the finish, but it takes effort to sand, fill and paint.

        At FormaCars we 3D printed the entire interior, but the CAD effort was significant and most of the parts were upholstered so part finish wasn’t an issue.

  3. We already own a couple of vehicles with extremely limited parts availability, and thankfully got rid of another. No thanks.

  4. For me, the only reason to purchase this is the -potential- upside on the collector front – also known as “The Greater Fool Theory”.

    To wit, “Yeah I am paying too much but some sucker will pay even more for it in a few years, so: profit!!”

    However, I don’t think that this is the best time to play that game since car prices in general are distorted. Will the value still be there in 5 years (after adjusting for inflation)? I don’t recall these having a lot of virtues beyond looking cool. They’re not great off-road and carrying capacity isn’t great…and rear seat passengers are not happy campers by any measure. So you are going to
    have to keep this around waiting for the price to go up enough to make an acceptable amount of profit, without particularly enjoying the wait. I don’t think that these are distinctive enough to get you many “Wow, Cool!” comments in mall parking lots….to those unversed in Isuzu esoterica it look no more exotic than a new Toyota CUV.

    So, nah… I want more than cool unobtanium body panel looks if I am going to have to keep it for 5 years.

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