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#5755 of 11966 Alternator question on 1994 Isuzu Trooper LS
Sep 19, 2002 (4:09 pm)
I'm buying a Trooper from a guy (Dave) with 126,000 miles on it. It ran perfect when I test drove it, I was supposed to pick it up on Sunday.
Dave called me today and said that he was driving it and all the warning lights popped on, but it still ran OK. Dave said he took it to his mechanic and the guy said that the "Relay switch from the alternator went out and that it would run fine. However the blowers will not work, for the A/C or heat" The entire alternator would have to be replaced because of this switch...Has anyone else heard or dealt with this?
I just want to make sure if I put a new alternator on it that it will be fine. Dave said he would drop the price down to $4400 because of the problem (which I think is a good deal). I really like the truck and want it but I don't want to make a mistake that I will regret. I would love some feedback on the situation...Anyone know what a new alternator runs?
Sep 19, 2002 (7:48 pm)
That's a somewhat common problem. Not really common, but common when you see the warning lights pop on and the fan blower cuts out. Personally I'd purchase it but I'd make him fix it before you pick it up, basically make the sale contingent on it being the alternator.
Sep 19, 2002 (8:08 pm)
The guy could be telling the truth. But it's possible that his mechanic has not properly diagnosed the problem. Even if the price is right, I'd rather not take his word for it. At a minimum, have a shop of your choosing look the truck over and specifically tell you what's w/this alternator stuff. You don't want to get into a huge problem, just to save a few hundred bucks on the initial purchase price of the truck.
My guess is the seller may not want to fix the problem - on an older vehicle that's not worth a whole lot, he probably just wants to be rid of it. I just sold a 95 Ford Contour tonight. The AC didn't work and the ABS warning light was on. I just didn't feel like fixing these expensive problems before selling. I was up front about it - could have pulled the ABS fuse and kept quiet, but that's not me. Anyway, the seller bought the car at face value.
#5758 of 11966 mstaff1
Sep 20, 2002 (12:27 pm)
We have had a few reports of piston rod bearings on cylinder #1 going out, not enough necessarily to be a trend. Maybe that is what your mechanic was referring to?
Haven't heard of any trend toward crankshaft bearing trouble before.
#5759 of 11966 Tires/rims for winter
Sep 21, 2002 (9:22 am)
Teacherjim, I have had great service from the Tire Rack for tires and cheap steel rims. This time of year they are pushing snow tires premounted on steel rims so you don't have to remount tires every spring and fall. If you didn't find what you want on Ebay, I would check with them (tirerack.com, I think). Of course, this works better if you need tires AND rims since they mount and balance for no extra charge. Sorry for late reply, I haven't caught up on the board for a while.
Sep 22, 2002 (7:44 pm)
I am the proud owner of a 2001 4x4 Limited (moonmist). The trooper is primarily driven by my wife ( I commute with the Accord for gas mileage purposes). She loves it as much as I do. It is truely sad that it is being discontinued this year. Very few people realize how great of an automobile it is.
I am comming up on the 15k service. How much are most of the dealerships charging for this? - it looks like ther is quite a bit to it. Also, how often do you all change your oil. My book says every 7500 miles but this seems a little long to me. Is this interval OK?
#5761 of 11966 Welcome Newbie ...dave02troopltd
Sep 22, 2002 (8:17 pm)
Welcome aboard. You will find this place an excellent resource on all things Trooper.
Down here in Australia, the oil change interval is 10,000km or 6,000mi. The oil filter interval is 20,000km or 12,000mi. The dealer changes the oil filter every 10,000km anyway. I personally think 7500mi or 12,500km is too long.
I also do an oil change between services. So my car gets an oil change every 5,000km or 3,000mi. This is the best way to give your motor a chance at a long and healthy life.
I'll leave it to the stateside members to discuss costs as what we get charged down here bears no resemblance to what gets charged in the US.
#5762 of 11966 7500 miles
Sep 22, 2002 (8:29 pm)
Is the std for all cars these days for "normal" usage which I'm not quite sure what that is. I follow something in the middle of "severe" which is ever 3K and "normal" which is 7500 for oil changes.
If you look at the 15K services requires most are "checks" and not actual items to be done. Personally I changed the diffy fluids 40K, ATF and TOD 45K, rotate my tires ever 5K, oil changes on synthetic ever 5-7.5K. I'll probably do the PS fluid and Brake fluid 50K, coolant at 75K, and that's about it.
Sep 23, 2002 (7:15 am)
Does anyone have information on replacement fog lights? I have already broken two of the lenses from flying rock off of the highway, and replacement lenses are $85. Perhaps an after market light with a rock guard. My trooper is a 2002 limited with in bumper fog lights.
Sep 23, 2002 (8:23 am)
Hmm I'll be selling mine when I replace my bumper. As for aftermarkets you'd want to get a nudge bar of sorts and then mount some lights on there. I have Hella 4000s on my nudge bar and they are great.