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Feb 28, 2005 (12:55 pm)
I've enjoyed reading all the Trooper discussions over the years. But, sadly my Trooper engine bit the dust last weekend so my time is done. We were on a snowboarding trip and in the middle of Montana when suddenly a loud banging sound came from the engine. As the truck was losing power I pulled to the side of the road and that's when all the engine warning lights finally appeared. The Isuzu service rep said the crank sized and that the engine was shot. I had checked the oil before leaving from Minnesota and everything was fine. The Isuzu guy claims he has seen this before and that possibly the PVF was fouled causing rapid oil burn. I had 70k on the truck so the warranty was expired since I bought my truck slightly used (9500 miles). Needless to say, I was a long way from home and in a bind. And, paying $6k for a new engine was not going to happen. I was only able to negociate $2k for my truck while looking at a new 4Runner and Pathfinder. Long and the short is I came home with a Pathfinder. I hate buying vehicles on the spot w/o any time to research but that's the way it went.
I have to say that the Trooper was by far the best vehicle I ever owned. I had planned to run it easily to 150k or more. So much for that.
Good luck to all and make sure you keep an eye on that oil level
Feb 28, 2005 (2:31 pm)
I have a '00 Trooper LS, 2wd. with about 80,000. Last year I talked to Valvoline Instant Oil change shop about getting a full trans fluid replacement with that machine they have. He was going to do it that Saturday for about $70, I think their normal is about $89. I looked in my manual and the factory recommendation for normal service was 100,000 miles...so, at that time I punted. (I had about 70,000 at that time). I may have it done this year. I do have the 120 month, 120,000 warranty since I'm the original owner and I think there are still 2 Isuzu dealers in Memphis.
#10533 of 11966 Re: 2000 Trooper RIP [johnny_ringo]
Feb 28, 2005 (11:09 pm)
My condolences, losing a loved Trooper is tough. Did you have it customized or pure stock?
1.5 years after I put OME suspension and Revo tires on my 1995 Trooper it was rear ended and totalled because the air bags set off. Mine was white with no wheel flairs. I was accustomed to people (my boss's boss included) telling me they liked my Trooper. I naturally found another 5 speed Trooper even though my wife wanted me to get a Saturn car. I just added the OME firm suspension to my 2001 Trooper, The Revos from my 1995 are down to the wear bars, so my next set or Revo tires is ordered LT245/75R16C 41 lbs. These are as wide as 255, as tall as 265/70, they have 15/32 tread depth and are light enough to perform well on road without killing my MPG. (I like the look of the 285 tires on my Trooper but not the loss of MPG, maybe someday I'll have two sets of tires saving the big ones for off road) I've been driving Troopers since the summer of 1984, something like 375K miles total so far.
My 1984 Trooper used oil 1qt/3000 miles at 30K that went up to 1qt./1000 miles at 201K. My 1995 never used a drop of oil that I could detect, except just a little while towing a heavy trailer. My 2001 uses some oil, but not enough to add between 3000 mile oil changes. I'm using Valvoline Maxlife Synthetic to make sure it lasts. I grew up with Valvoline as the family oil. My dad told me that it is more important to be consistent with the oil I choose than which brand of oil. I never used synthetic until about 1999 when I began towing for the first time. I got 201K from my 1984 on dyno oil, then sold it to buy a Trooper with air conditioning. http://www.valvoline.com/maxlife/
#10534 of 11966 Re: 2000 Trooper RIP [boxtrooper]
Mar 01, 2005 (6:37 am)
It was stock for the most part except for the poly bushings on the sway bar. Two months ago I put on Bridgestone Dueler Revo's, new brakes, and packed the bearings. I've used Mobil 1 since I bought the truck. Previous to the meltdown, I burned about 1 qt/1500 miles.
#10535 of 11966 Re: 2000 Trooper RIP [johnny_ringo]
Mar 01, 2005 (9:44 am)
Did you swap the new Revos over to the Pathfinder?
#10536 of 11966 RE> Boxtrooper
Mar 01, 2005 (10:21 am)
Hey, good question. I want to do the same thing. Let me know if you get an answer to this.
#10537 of 11966 Next Gen. Trooper should have been like the....
Mar 02, 2005 (5:42 pm)
I have been Trooper-less for about 1.5 years now.
At the time, with no Trooper replacement coming from Isuzu we opted for the Honda Pilot.
Today I test drove an '05 Pathfinder. It reminds me a bit of an updated Trooper.
I think this is what the next generation Trooper should have been! It has a powerful 4.0l V6, real 4WD, three rows of seats, DVD, Navigation, tows 6000 lbs, etc.
Too bad Isuzu could not do this.
#10538 of 11966 Re: Next Gen. Trooper should have been like the.... [schulhof]
Mar 02, 2005 (7:30 pm)
I'm going to wait until the new diesels arrive in the USA before buying another new one. I should get many more years out of my current Trooper so I can even wait for the diesels to be out there a couple years before getting one.
Once the diesel fuel requirements of 2006 take effect, the new diesels will be cleaner burning than the gasoline engines and 30% to 50% more fuel efficent. Since I drive the same Trooper 200K miles or more, and pay more for the fuel than the Trooper over those miles, I'd go for a diesel.
The best would be a mild-hydrid which would use an electric torque converter / motor to reclaim braking energy to help quick accelleration after the light turns green and maybe even turn off the engine if stopped more than a short time and auto start it when the diesel pedal is pressed. The diesel engine itself would be large enough for long mountain roads pulling a trailer.
#10539 of 11966 Re: Next Gen. Trooper should have been like the.... [boxtrooper]
Mar 03, 2005 (9:37 am)
Hehe, when my 00 Trooper engine died in Montana I ended up buying an 05 Pathfinder. So far it's a great truck but I sure miss my Trooper.
#10540 of 11966 Re: New Tires :-) [silverghost]
Mar 04, 2005 (3:03 pm)
Back from NO, and I really like the Firestone Destination LE tires. Great wet traction, relatively quiet compared to the old Dueller 684's, good road feel and steering response. Gotta go back for a re-balance and alignment adjustment, but that's okay if the store can make both right.
As for the noticeable gearing change, I was wrong about that. It was low air pressure - the shop only put 30 lbs in the tires. I raised it to 35, and it now pulls away from a stop just like before.