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#3826 of 11966 Isuzu look and feel dashboard selling point
Apr 01, 2002 (7:47 pm)
Maybe the dash and controls will be different in the Ascender than in the TrailBlazer/Envoy.
The Toyota./Chevrolet "Toylet" Prism is a Toyota rebadged as a Chevy and the controls in the Toylet are GM style while the Toyota Corrola version gets Japanese controls like the Camry.
My 1995 Trooper controls are more like Camry than GM. Dashboard look and feel might be a slight Ascender advantage for some people. I have not seen the dash of the Ascender so I do not know if it is different.
#3827 of 11966 '96 103k mile Trooper vs. Escalade vs. Expedition
Apr 01, 2002 (8:09 pm)
In the last two days I have had the opportunity to drive an Escalade and an Expedition in addition to my wifes well used '96 Trooper (which uses no oil).
Overboosted steering, lethargic almost scary brake pedal, GM should be ashamed they put Drums on the rear. I felt like I was riding on it, not in it. At 5' 6" I felt like I was swallowed up in the seat (no short jokes folks!). I did like the psuedo wood steering wheel though. Exterior fit and finish was pretty good, interior typical GM.
Doors were outrageously heavy.
The only real bright spot was the haull ass V8. Oh yeah, and did I mention the psuedo wood wheel, I liked that.
Power Steering and brakes were better. I actually preferred the ride to the Escalade too. Inside and out my opinion was rather low quality materials, although the price tag is not too high for such an immense vehicle. Again the V8 hauls ass. Doors also quite heavy.
Overall, the Japanese fit and finish of my ole' Trooper is better than the Ford all around and better than the Escalade in the dash area.
The Trooper brakes and steering give a much better feel, and I prefer the suspension ride as well.
Apr 02, 2002 (4:26 am)
Our 98 Trooper has been consuming/using/burning oil pretty much since we bought it (was 1 year old corporate service vehicle with 7,000 miles). The consumption rate has not really changed - somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 miles per quart, depending on how closely I'm keeping track.
#3829 of 11966 differences - 1998 through 2002
Apr 02, 2002 (4:30 am)
One major mechanical difference: 1999 and newer models that have automatic transmission, come standard with the excellent Torque on Demand (TOD) 4-wheel drive system. In 1998, if you had the auto trans, you also needed to buy the Performance Package which included TOD.
The 1998 Troopers with Performance Package did not include fog lights. I'm pretty sure the 1999 did.
Personally, I like the front end of the 1998-1999 better than the 2000+.
Isuzu added an automatic climate control system sometime around the 2000 model year. I don't know if it's much better.
There's not much to differentiate the 1999 from 1998.
You'll get the 10yr/120k powertrain warranty only if you are the original owner, and this warranty wasn't available until 2000, if I remember correctly. All subsequent owners are covered 5yrs/60k miles.
#3830 of 11966 Changes from 2002 Model
Apr 02, 2002 (4:51 am)
98: TOD was only on the Performance and Luxury Packages, which equate to the LS and Limited respectively
99: All AT equipped vehicles got TOD
00: Grade Logic Tranny, Automatic Temp Controls, Nomenclature changed from Perfromance and Luxo to LS and Limited, Moonmist added as color, clear rear turn signals, mesh-rims, slightly different grille, 10/120 warranty std to original owner, drive by wire added
01: Extra electric fan added in front of A/C radiator, Anniversary Edition with Nagamichi Stereo and leather added to the LS trim level
02: Rear power outlet added (IIRC), TOD dropped from the S models with AT, price increase, Nagamichi stereo added to Limited trim level
I think that is all I can think of for now.
#3831 of 11966 Oil Consumption
Apr 02, 2002 (4:52 am)
I had mine from the get-go, and it has slowly eased back after 15K miles, now at 36K it's only 1Q per 5-6K miles.
#3832 of 11966 re: models and dash
Apr 02, 2002 (5:55 am)
They brought 2wd models back to the US in 01. 00+ also have to have the fuel line recall performed, no big deal, but something to check for.
My dash and plastic trim resemble a 78 Datsun! However, for I like it and for my use it is great, very durable, solid as a rock. Not one rattle inside.
Apr 02, 2002 (6:00 am)
00: 2wd Models returned to US, and fuel line recall
01: No recall on the fuel lines IIRC.
02: No recall on the fuel lines IIRC.
#3834 of 11966 Uwharrie, NC
Apr 02, 2002 (6:59 am)
Hey all just figured I'd mention April 26-28 there is a Planetizuzoo Camping and off-roading trip. Lots of stock trucks there. Check the link at http://isuzu-suvs.com/events for more info. It's gonna be a nice weekend, especially cause there will be a bunch of Land Rovers there at a similar event. Usually we have a BBQ and campfire and shoot the breeze til the weee hours of the morning!
#3835 of 11966 Uwharrie, NC, after April when is the next one?
Apr 02, 2002 (7:56 am)
I cannot make it to the April 26-28 Uwharrie trip. I want to go to one of these events and Uwharrie is a short 2hr drive for me. So, when is the next one?