Pros: 18" wheels, climate control, quieter and smoother ride than my ex-'99 vehicross!
Cons: Wish I can afford to buy a second stand-by VX!
This is a mini comparison of my current '01 Vehicross to my ex-'99 one.
The reason for the switch from a '99 to a '01 was that the '99 was on a lease program. I had decided early on, during the lease that I wanted to keep the VX but I knew that if I continued to lease to own, that I would pay an arm and a leg for it at the end! So, after about 2 years, I gave up my silver '99 VX (check out my initial opinion review on that!) and traded it in for a black '01 VX instead! This time for keeps!
If you would like to hear more details about the Vehicross in general, check out my opinion rating on the '99 titled, "One Bad Sport Ute!"
Originally, I was looking for a used '99 black to replace the silver but since the vehicle was so new to the market, I wasn't going to find any used '99's so soon. After extensive research, I found a dealer who was willing to help me through my ordeal of getting out of an upside down lease and into a purchase program of a '01 VX. He managed to bring down the cost to dealer cost and added a 3-4K for the negative balance that I still owed on the lease. Putting down a hefty down payment, I was able to swing a pretty good deal for the '01. And with perfect timing, Isuzu was also featuring the 0% financing on new '01's! I was stoked! Not only did I get out of a lease and into a purchase, I also got the 0% financing with the vehicle I've dreamt of for a long time!
The differences between the '01 and the '99 are more visual than anything. The '01's now come with the 18" wheel package that really fit the VX in my opinion. They also feel smoother on the go and firmer for those fast turns. The tires I can live with but probably change them sometime soon. I would probably upgrade to a 255/55/18 Yokohama AV-ST tire.
The interior is also different, colorwise, from each other. The '99 came stock with the vivid bright red and black combo on the Recarro seats and door paneling. The current '00 and '01 offers another option in interior color. The other option is to have the more subdued and refined color grey and black combo which I currently have. I think this fits the black exterior more appropriately and cleanly.
Another interesting difference is the climate-control system in which is featured in the '00 and '01. The '99 only offered the basic air con and heater system. I like the climate control system a lot better. It allows more control of the climate temperature setting to your desire whether cold or hot. It seems to detect a slight variation of temperature within the vehicle and will accommodate the setting to the desired setting.
All -n- all, the VX is still the VX no matter what year you get. It still happens to be the most versatile and fun sports/off-road vehicle offered in todays market. And because it's a limited production, you won't see too many on the road these days.
Currently, I have upgraded the stereo system on the VX to a mobile audio/video DVD system. Check out my reviews of each component that I have included. I am currently about 80% finished sound-proofing the vehicle with sound deadening material called Dynamat. During long trips, the sound system, the extra quietness, and the DVD entertainment has made long road trips more fun with me and my passengers.
I've taken this VX offroading, just like the '99, and again I am very pleased with the performance. Taking ther rough trails up on the Hayward hills as well as trailblazing has been not only exciting but comforting as well knowing the capabilities of this sport-ute!
If you ever get a rare opportunity to find a VX (new or used) and in the market to purchasing a suv, I highly recommend in doing so.
My short/long time goals are as follows:
1. Complete Dynamatting (sound-proofing) the vehicle including interior sides.
2. Purchase a new set of wider and more aggressive tires specifically the Yokohama AV-ST (255/55/18).
3. Install headrest lcd screens for the rear passengers.
4. Purchase the Pioneer TV Tuner to intercept TV stations for the Audio/Video system.
5. Currently designing prototype skidplates (front, rear, and sides) that are similar to the VX-O2 convertible vehicross concept.
Check out my personal web site (www.vehicrossconcepts.com)dedicated strictly to the designing and building of cool accessories for the Isuzu Vehicross.
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