Mine is 1995.5 this is the Trooper that went to "wide track". It is also the exact model that Consumer Reports used for **falsifying data so they could win some free news show time. My tires 255/16 look like they are almost out of the wheelwell, as if they are the widest part of the Trooper. I like that look better than the overhanging fender flair look. I think my 1995.5 Trooper might be illegal in some states that regulate such things closely.
**I strongly believe, having put over 328K miles on Troopers that the Isuzu Trooper is much less prone to flip that the USA made competition - reason the suspension is much tighter and under much better control than the others. Sure, it leans in hard turns, but it leans with no surprizes, no sudden outside corner diving down etc.. even when pushed till the tires are squealing loudly and sliding to the side a little on clean blacktop roads, the sort of thing that happens when you enter a 35 MPH turn at 60+ MPH down a hill. Don't everybody go try this out, but I do believe in the Trooper, its handling is well behaved.
#5314 of 11966 Question about the transmission
Aug 07, 2002 (7:03 am)
I have aquestion about the automatic transmission. Accoring to Isuzu it has an torque converter with automatic lock uo it 3rd and 4th gear. What does that mean exactly?
The reason why I am asking is the following. Whe I am getting faster than about 40mph and go up 50 or 60 mph and release the accelerator the car slows down like if the torques converter is still locked an the engine slows it down. When the car then gets to down to about 38 mph then it suddenly seems to roll free. It feels like if it is locked free. Is this normal or should it roll free at any speeds? It is my first car with automatic transmission. For me this symptom feels like a car with manual transmission, when you release the acc. by leaving the gear in position and taking it into neutral after it slowed down to about 38 mph.
Thanks for the responses. Mine is a 2001 model. I am not sure if it downshifts, because the RPMs are not going up. It just feels that it stays in the same gear with the torqueconverter locked and the enginebraking slows the car down. And also where I live there are no hills. Everything is flat. I just recently recognized this bahaviour and did not see/feel it before. Maybe it is normal and I just have to learn more about auto trans driving. Right now I am mainly driving within the city. Mostly under 40mph where this behavior does not appear.
Comes into effect anytime you completely let off the gas. The Drive-by-wire will sense that you are completely off the gas, and will use the Lockup TC and/or downshifting to slow the vehicle. It interprets your taking your foot completely off the gas that you want to slow down.