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#1768 of 11966 Found one!
Aug 05, 2001 (3:01 am)
First I want to thank You for responds to my message (test drove 2001 S with some high speed issues).I found 1998 LS -leather,sunroof,6disc changer,multi meter,42k,light green,minor wear & tear. Last weekend the truck was in the paper for $14.5,yesterday was $12.5.Went to see it -new Dunlop tires,runs ok ,but there was loud clunk,almost grind from R to D and vice verca.Guy said that it was like that since day one(he is the original owner).He said even if it is a problem the truck is still under factory warr. till oct.It seems like a good deal,I would even put up with the weird green but I don't want to find out that for some reason Isuzu will not warranty it.Other than that ran fine,felt much better at highway speeds than the brand new one I drove week ago-no pulling no shimmey-better tires?Anyways,getting the "Trooper fever" more & more every day!More I look them more I like them!Thanks for any responds!Happy Trooping! (for now my wife's CRVing ).
#1769 of 11966 Tires pulling?
Aug 05, 2001 (7:35 am)
HGUY ---- Yes I also suspect the the stock Bridgestone tires on the Trooper seem to pull, especially at highway speeds. It's not that they pull because the truck is out of alignment, IMHO it's just that they are very sensitive to the slope of the road. Most roads, here in Florida at least, are sloped down from the center median so that rain will drain off the roads. It feels strange always having to just hold the steering wheel a tad to the left because the truck is always pulling just a little to the right, but if I drive down the left side of the road, the tires pull in the OTHER direction, towards the left. I even took the Trooper to the Isuzu dealer for be aligned and it is still the same. So I have come to the conclusion that the Bridgestones are simply very sensitive to this slope in the road. Perhaps other tires like the Dunlops or Michelins will tend to track straighter and so the truck will not seem to pull as much. Most passenger cars seem to be, for the most part, unaffected by the slope.
#1770 of 11966 hguy, regarding that 1998 Trooper
Aug 05, 2001 (10:58 am)
Sounds like a real deal. I have a 1999 Trooper and it thunks slightly when I move the leaver from Drive to Reverse but not a grinding sound. I would be a little suspicious of that and make sure it is indeed under warantee.
The price, $12,500, sounds especially great!! You mentioned that that 1998 drove better than the new Troopers --- that is the same observation I had before I found my new 1999 Trooper. I remember how great a 1995 LS Trooper drove and how wormy a new 1999 S Trooper drove. Could have been the type of tires on that 1995 I drove and on the 1998 you are considering.
Aug 05, 2001 (3:03 pm)
Tell him to bring it to the dealer and have it checked before you buy it. Give him a deposit or something so he know's it a good faith purchase, and see what he says.
#1772 of 11966 Info on past years
Aug 06, 2001 (8:58 am)
Paisan, maybe you know. Where can I find information on what was optional vs. standard equipment on a '95 Trooper?
Isuzu changes the "packages" every year and it's tough to know which year they added what to which trim line.
Any info would be helpful, thanks.
#1773 of 11966 Not getting 4WD light when in 4WD
Aug 06, 2001 (9:18 am)
Hey, when I shift into 4WD I don't get the light on the instrument panel indicating such. The light does come on during a lamp check as the key is turned in the ignition. Any ideas??
Happy Trooping !!
#1774 of 11966 hguy - Watch out for Trans
Aug 06, 2001 (9:18 am)
hguy, just my opinion, but I wouldn't buy any car that made a grinding noise in the trans unless I knew that the dealer would fix the problem for free. The transmissions in these cars must cost a fortune. I wouldn't be surprised if they were over $5,000 to replace. Also, how do you know the dealer won't say the problem was due to abuse? Did the owner do a lot of off-roading or heavy towing?
#1775 of 11966 1998 Trooper for $12500 ???
Aug 06, 2001 (9:24 am)
WOW, this sounds like a GREAT deal! It would be very hard for me to pass up if it were local to me. Going to the dealer for an inspection is the right rock. They could quickly answer the question about warranty and possibly the cause of the shifter noise. Sounds to me like the shifter linkage might be rubbing on the undercarriage or housing somewhere. Not much internal to the automatic transmission that could cause that noise. Heck, you could get the truck repainted for a couple thousand dollars and have any color you want! Still be a great price for this much truck!
#1776 of 11966 Tranny concerns.
Aug 06, 2001 (9:33 am)
cdan is right on the cost of these transmissions. They are VERY expensive to replace if they have major internal problems. $4K - $5K is not out of the question. I would factor this in as to why the guy is willing to unload the Trooper for such a low price. Maybe he is afraid of what repair cost will be to fix it. Maybe he has already talked with the dealer and gotten the bad news. It may be a pig in a poke. BEWARE !!! Caution is warranted. Have it checked out by a reputable mechanic before you purchase.
#1777 of 11966 Didnt he say
Aug 06, 2001 (11:09 am)
it's still under warranty? If it is, have him fix it before selling it the dealer. As for sites, try cars.com and automobile.com those seem to show older 90> and their options, etc.