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Isuzu Trooper, SUV
Sep 02, 2004 (6:50 pm)
So that's what you're thinking of getting? A Suburban (by whatever name: Denali, Yukon XL, etc.) would seem to be just the ticket for you. Maybe you'll use the Trooper for offroading? I found the Suburban to be much too large to do much offroad.
By the way...if there are any potential Trooper owners out there let me chime in and say that I have been loving this vehicle. I bought mine (1999) in May and have had no problems so far. It cost me only $10,000 and I enjoy it as much as some vehicles that cost me $30,000 plus. I think the used Troopers really are a bargain and if they're beyond warranty than one can pretty much avoid the Isuzu dealer BS and just work with a good independent shop. I was cruising home tonight, sunroof open, heat switched on in my leather seat, gliding over the road on my Emu shocks and I kept thinking...what a nice vehicle for 10K. I also like the little things like the cornering lights that go on with the turn signals, the folding mirrors, the digital compass that looks like a compass - nice details. I burn about a quart of Mobil 1 every 2K and get 18-19 mpg with (mostly backroad) driving. And the thing feels as solid as an (old style) Mercedes.
Sep 03, 2004 (12:45 am)
Just installed some cleaned-up Aisin manual hubs on my '99 Trooper. I'm hoping for a little bit better gas mileage. For those of you considering this conversion, it is really simple. I took the hubs apart, cleaned them up good and regreased them, and then bolted them on. Now I've got to find a machine shop that will machine those chrome hub covers so that I can bolt them back on and still engage the hubs when I need to.
Overall, a pleasant process and one you should consider if you want the option of disengaging the front driveline.
#10141 of 11966 Denali/Yukon/Burban
Sep 05, 2004 (5:02 am)
Yup, looks like the Denali XL will be it. No offroading in it though. It's AWD, no low range, but 6.0 8100lb towing capacity, 2nd row leather buckets, 15" dropdown DVD, and room behind the 3rd row for gear. I'll likely get it in Secret Service Black and have the front side windows tinted to 20%, depending how it sits with the trailer on it likely put in some heavy duty rear springs too.
Looking at used '03+ models as they have larger brakes and a few other upgrades that I like.
I'll keep the Trooper for offroading and for my dad to use to move his boat around and for him to use as a 2nd car since the trade-in value on it with my 80K+ miles is pretty low.
Sep 06, 2004 (8:00 pm)
I found a deal on a 2K LTD 2wd for ~$7K w/ 80K. I'm worried about the tranny, it shifts smooth, but it kinda clunks into D. My bro-in-law has a Passport and he says the same thing happens on his and his Passport has been very reliable. Also how do all the electric gizmos hold up? One of the mirrors doesnt want to come back to its right position after being folded in and the motor just runs and runs trying to get it back in place, is this an expensive fix?? Oh also, the leather is kind of stained, like the people who owned it wore black pants all the time, it makes the nt look dirty, do you think Lexol will remove this?
I know I'm nick picking this truck to death considering the price but I'm new to Isuzu all tho I've liked the Trooper since the 84 models came out.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!!
Sep 07, 2004 (3:54 am)
Troopers do push pretty hard on their drivelines, so you'll feel it when you put it in drive, although I wouldn't expect and audible "clunk".
Anything electronic will seem outrageously expensive to fix. You could consider that the only time I've ever actually folded my mirrors was when I went through a car wash...
#10144 of 11966 Paisan: GMC vs. Ford
Sep 07, 2004 (8:19 am)
How does the Excursion PowerStroke 6.0 liter diesel compare to that GMC bunch? 5-speed auto, 325HP, 560ft-lb 2000 RPM, 9,000lb towing, giant cargo space with all 3 rows up and 18MPG. Surprisingly nice on the inside and quite civilized on the road. All that for about $40K after rebates. Not bad if you ask me...
#10145 of 11966 re: TOD Problem
Sep 07, 2004 (8:48 am)
I don't believe it, but there is no more binding? They said they put in a LSD additive and then did some tight circles in a parking lot to force the clutch to slip and lubricate.
They are keeping my service ticket open until I give them the all clear, just in case I need something that would require warranty assistance.
How should I test this apart from just putting TOD on and driving around? I am not sure if this will effect 4wd operation? (i.e. it slips in parking lots, but will the system engage when I need it?)
#10146 of 11966 Re: HELP Decide [tkevinblanc]
Sep 07, 2004 (10:26 am)
Thanks for the info, I guess I'm just concerned that I have no idea where the truck came from since there are no service records. I'm looking for a mechanic to check it out but at the price they're asking I think I'm just gonna buy it anyway.
Sep 07, 2004 (12:01 pm)
Looking at the diesel version a few items I don't like...
o 4-wheel leaf springs- bad ride when you are not towing, etc.
o Space is almost the same as the Denali XL even though the vehicle itself is significantly larger.
o No AWD for on-road use which is what I'll be using it for.
o "Luxury" items are pretty lacking on the Excursion v. Denali
o Diesel engine is significantly louder than the Duramax in the GMC line
o At least 10K more than what I'll pay for a slightly used Denali
Once they come out with the Duramax aka Isuzu diesel in the Denali/burban, I'll probably pickup a used one of those in a few years after I get a used 03/04 denali.
Sep 07, 2004 (12:02 pm)
Have the trans serviced fully (filter, drop pan, etc) and it will go away. Had a similar problem on mine til I had the fluid done.