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#11611 of 11966 Re: 2002 Isuzu Trooper [bmmd83]
Sep 05, 2007 (5:20 pm)
I like to keep things simple so less stuff to break, I occasionally drive my Trooper very hard, and I like the tight coupling of a clutch vs torque converter...so I have always bought manual transmission Troopers. More fun less to break. However, the later year Troopers with automatic have TOD which manages 4wd so that you can drive 4wd on patchy ice roads, a feature which I think is really nice.
I have had 1984 Trooper 201K miles, 1995 Trooper 140K miles, then rear ended, totaled even though it was still drive able. Now I have a 2001, very nice one previous owner who took great care. I have no troubles with it except that I should keep it cleaner than I do.
#11612 of 11966 Re: Gas Gauge Problem [jglasmann]
Sep 06, 2007 (5:25 pm)
hi I just got 1992 isu trooper LS given to me and Im not sure if the gas gauge works or not i was told to check my fuses now is that true or do i just take a chance and drive it until it runs out of gas? I would appreciate it if someone could help me ouy with this
#11613 of 11966 Re: Gas Gauge Problem [cindy19]
Sep 06, 2007 (6:24 pm)
I had a Greenbriar Eight Door Deluxe Corvair Van once upon a time. I drove it across the country South to North without a fuel gauge because the gauge parts inside the tank were gummed up. I took time the remove the fuel tank and fixed it. I also swapped the engine for a freshly rebuilt one, and in so doing, destroyed the speedometer gauge cable. I had no choice but to continue on my journey which was to cross the country East to West.
While the fuel gauge was stuck, I used an assumption for MPG and the odometer to guess when I needed to fill up. And while the speedometer and odometer did not work I used the gas gauge to guess how far I'd driven, along with mile markers and a map. I sometimes followed another car at a resonable distance to get the speed about right.
#11614 of 11966 Re: 2002 Isuzu Trooper [bmmd83]
Sep 07, 2007 (6:45 am)
I have a 2001 Trooper that was bought new, its been absolutely flawless with the only problem being a faulty drive-by-wire sensor after 4 years ($300 fix!!). Apart from that just routine maintenance (oil changes, belt replacement, tires, etc.). It does consume some oil, in my case 1qt every 2000miles which is normal for these engines. Good luck with your search, we are very happy with our Trooper (only negative is fuel consumpt. at ~14-15mpg in town, this adds up with current gas prices!).
Sep 09, 2007 (9:39 pm)
I have a 1996 Trooper and the amp thats in it is blown or needs a new fuse cause my sound on my CD Player doesnt work everything else works on it but no sound. Does anybody know where the Amp. is at on the Trooper...
#11616 of 11966 Re: Manufactor Amp [gwood1986]
Sep 10, 2007 (1:47 pm)
There's something that looks like that under the seat...
#11617 of 11966 Re: Manufactor Amp [tkevinblanc]
Sep 10, 2007 (9:05 pm)
which seat. i have already looked there and i dont think i saw it,but i'll look again in daylight. And are you sure its in a 1996 model?
#11618 of 11966 Re: Manufactor Amp [gwood1986]
Sep 11, 2007 (12:31 pm)
No, mine is a 1998. Sorry. I didn't notice that.
#11619 of 11966 Re: 2002 Isuzu Trooper [bmmd83]
Sep 12, 2007 (9:28 am)
As others have said Troopers are good vehicles, and very reasonable used car prices. The only thing about the 2002 models that I've noticed, is that they may NOT have the same features for the same model level of previous year models. I think this has to do with it being the final year built for USA. I think they were using up what assembly parts were available to build the 2002 models.
For example if you are looking at a LS model, it might come with cloth vs. leather, or black outside mirrors vs. color matched to exterior paint color. The A/C controls may be from a late 90's version vs. the 00' forward version. You might get manual operated seats vs. electric, or other interior trim differences. Most of these things are just cosmetic, but if you're picky it matters. I don't know that they did anything unusual with the driveline on the 2002 model.
#11620 of 11966 Sea Foam thru PCV valve
Sep 22, 2007 (12:24 pm)
Well today I thought I'd run some Sea Foam through the intake to do some top cylinder lubrication. I read threads where some have used the PCV valve vacuum line to draw the liquid into the common chamber. Some have mentioned tons of smoke resulting, some say the vehicle dies, won't continue to run etc. Well in my case..........I sucked about 1/3 of a can of Sea Foam through the PCV vacuum line. It didn't take but a few seconds to consume it all, and there was NO black smoke out the tailpipe as a result!! I was surprised. I also tried to kill the engine by shoving the hose down to the bottom of the liquid.....nope it just sucked it up and kept on running!! This engine must be much cleaner than those talking of black smoke during this exercise. Anyway, I guess it must be due to a good grade of 'clean' fuel. I've been using Valero Premium for about a year now, and it must be doing a good job. I'm thinking of trying Shell gas, I've heard it has additives that improve fuel mileage, and keep your engine as well. We'll see......