I looked at the new troopers at my nearby Isuzu dealer. They are all $6000 off because of Isuzu kickbacks to the dealer. There are several 2wd versions that and a couple 4wd and one limited. The Limited looked nice but the sticker on it was $38000. The 4wd units were all dark colors, in the sunny south dark colors are a bad idea. They were all automatics.
Then I looked back at my 1995 Trooper-S manual with OME suspension and Overlander based roof rack and no plastic wheel well flairs and cloth interior and thrid row seat. I like mine the best of the lot.
But my 1995.5 has the sometimes lifter ticking 3.2L SOHC 175Hp engine. My engine works great, but the lifter noise drives me crazy when it happens and I would rather swap than pay big bucks to repair the same valve train.
So, please suggest for me, where to look for which 3.5L 215hp engine will swap with my 3.2L engine the easiest.
Which 3.5L has the solid shims lifter valve train?
Which 3.5L has the newer cam over valve with hydraulic adjusters?
Which 3.5L has drive by wire? And if I found a drive by wire engine, would the drive by wire gas pedal fit in my Trooper?
What I would personally do is see about finding a wrecked 00->02 and transplant that engine. You'll probably need the flywheel and starter off your old one unless you plan to go to the TOD/AT config.
I'd use a wreck and get everything out of it the whole engine top to bottom, ECU, pedal, etc. Here is the other problem, finding an MT version of the 3.5l engine will probably be difficult since they are very rare. I'm not sure how well an AT ECU/wiring harness will work on an MT.
Well my 01 Trooper is ready to be picked up - air-conditioning was dying. Turned out it was a bad o-ring seal - lost some refrigerant. Also had them lube that propellar shaft and also noticed lately that there was sometimes a delay when engaging drive or reverse from the park position. They checked the transmission fluid and all was well - according to the mechanic the fluid can drain out of the clutch pack and take 5-10 seconds for the fluid to pump back up and work as normal - that's what happens - not an all the time thing - but does happen at least twice a week.
Also - I'd go to that dealer that has $6000 off and offer him 8000 off - forget swaping that engine - Troopers are selling here in Alabama - 3 on the dealers lot earlier this week - this morning one left = S 2wd.- He also had 6000 off painted on window. When I go down to pick mine up I'll ask what they would sell one for = TOD LS or S.
Is there any pictures of the 3rd row sears? The cloth on the 99 is not the same as the 2000, but thats was in the US. With all the parts, just wondering if the grab handles come with it. We have the spot on our Troopers, just no handles. Let me know about the seats. Thanks.
#4895 of 11964 Advice on Travel Trailer and Trooper ...
Jun 19, 2002 (7:06 pm)
Someone posted here that they have used their Trooper to pull a Travel Trailer, but many folks here locally think the Trooper is not powerful enough to pull a Travel Trailer. What experiences with a Travel Trailer have you guys had? Any recomendations on Travel Trailer and on how to setup the Trooper to pull a Travel Trailer?
Anyone on this board used the Poly Bushing lift kit offered by 4X4 Independent folks. It is basically a spacer that goes on the end of your coil spring to raise the vehicle 1" or 2". This would help out with the rear bottoming out once in a while. It happens to me when I have 4 adults with lots of luggage on some rough roads. Any comments by those who've tried them out?? Other options for about $100 ??