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Isuzu Trooper, SUV
#5953 of 11966 Check engine light
Oct 11, 2002 (11:49 pm)
99 Trooper w/ 53K miles. About 4 months ago my check engine light came on while driving, so I pulled over, shut down, restarted, thinking it might reset, it didn't. I was in Seattle when it happened, so called my home dealer who suggested stopping by dealer in Seattle. Bellevue Isuzu dealer wasn't too far away, so I pulled in, and they checked the code, no charge, and not much wait.
I can't remember what the code was for now, but was told if it happened again they'd put in a new transmission, no problem (48K miles at the time). Of course, no check engine light since.
As for spare, steel wheel, built around August 1999.
Oct 12, 2002 (6:33 pm)
My 99 Trooper had the same problem and I had the same experience at the dealer. Last time, I went to another dealer and they changed gaskets on the engine, so far it is OK. The mechanic said both Trooper and Rodeo have the gasket problem (99 or older ones)
#5955 of 11966 Just got a '01 Trooper S 4x4..
Oct 12, 2002 (10:17 pm)
We just bought a nice burgundy 2001 4x4 S with 30k auto with TOD and I am planning on doing some preventative maintenance myself. From what I read, the 30k service includes fluid changes in basically all transfer cases and differentials. I was surprised that the auto tranny fluid does not have a recommended fluid change till 120k and there's no dipstick to check it. The maintenance schedule also mentions to repack the front wheel bearings at 30k, is that an expensive job and can be done by the DIY?
P.S. Love the vehicle so far, it's very solid and spacious.
#5956 of 11966 Towing once again
Oct 14, 2002 (3:16 am)
Well the Trooper got a nice towing workout this past weekend. 250miles of 5000lb trailer towing in torrential downpours! Handled like a champ and even brought in 10mpg towing that weight at speeds from 60-75mph. Saturday pulled out a few 3000lb boats for my family up at the lake. The Trooper took them in stride. Now it's home resting after a full weekend.
#5957 of 11966 towing Trooper acts bigger than it is
Oct 14, 2002 (4:50 am)
Towing seems to also be a place where Troopers are larger than they seem from looking at them.
One of the reasons I bought my brand new 1984 Trooper is that I wanted the room inside of a van and the off road ability to have fun finding remote fishing on rivers in the mountains. I describe the space inside the 1984 (and my 1995) as almost large enough to park another Trooper inside.
I never towed with the 1984 1.9L. I tow a lot with the 1995 3.2L and I am happy to say that based on my experiences (towing my same trailer with a full size GM conversion van handling was way worse than with my little Trooper) and stories from this discussion and other discussions about trailering that the 1992-2002 Troopers tow like a much larger truck.
Trooper only takes as much parking lot area as a Toyota Camry car and yet it does holds so much and tows so well it is amazing.
Oct 14, 2002 (4:55 am)
Add in that it has an AMAZING turning radius as well. I'll admit that towing the 5000lbs I could have used a hair more umph when trying to accelerate on the highway, but that's only because I drive VERY fast in general. I was still passing semis and just about every other car on the road friday night. In 225miles I'd say that maybe 5-7 cars passed me, and I passed at least 100-500+
#5959 of 11966 30 K Service
Oct 14, 2002 (4:56 am)
Refusing to pay Isuzu $569 for the 30K service on our 01 LS I had the transmission filter and fluid changed for $35. The transfercase and both differentials changed - plus limited slip additive for $99. I asked them if they did bearing repacks and their mechanic asked if the Trooper was a 4X4 and quoted $60 for both front bearings - he seemed familiar with Troopers - next months it will be done. I had this service done at Skill Lube one of the local Quick Oil Change services here in Alabama. Skill Lube had all the Trooper fluid change specifics in their computer data base.
#5960 of 11966 285s and B-bars
Oct 14, 2002 (5:38 am)
In preparation for Uwharrie, I added tires and biulder bars. The boulder bars were made by Tennesseeoffoad. I really like their design. Instead of using 2x2 mounting brackets. They use mandrel bent .155 DOM tubing. The tubing adds clearance and eliminates any vertical welds. Also, I added a set of Pepboy Dakotas in 285/75/16. They're look agressive. Noise factor is low, but there is some vibration. Also, vehicle pull slightly to the right. I've had tires balanced twice now, and they're a little better. Both shops said that the tires are extremely stiff, and may need to wear in a bit. OVerall, however, I'm very pleased w/ the new setup. Mark P
#5961 of 11966 285-75-16
Oct 14, 2002 (5:48 am)
Is that on stock suspension or near stock? If so I'm going to be looking at it very closely uwharrie. Heck maybe I'll ride shotgun with you since I won't have my rig down there. When my 275-70s are done, I'm gonna likely go with 285-75s to replace them.
Oct 14, 2002 (5:54 am)
Mike, 285s fit w/ no problems on an '01 w/ stock wheel, OME springs, and stock torsion bars. I popped a few curbs while making extreme turns w/ no rubbing on fenders flares, so I'm in good shape. Mark P