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#7101 of 11964 2006 Trooper one more Isuzu must have in the design
Feb 14, 2003 (1:00 pm)
The 2006 Trooper needs to be bigger inside and smaller outside than the competition.
Both my 1984 Trooper and my 1995 Trooper are big inside and small outside. The 1995 can carry a 18.5 cubic foot refrigerator with the back seat folded and the doors closed. It does not touch the roof or either side when and there is room left over to drive with one up front passenger. Yet, my 1995 Trooper takes less parking lot space than a Camry car, actually only slightly more than a Corolla. And Trooper has more cargo space than a Hummer H2
#7102 of 11964 RE: Autoweek story - two bad news stories
Feb 14, 2003 (1:15 pm)
I was taken back by the two Isuzu stories to the right of the one the Autoweek link took me to (the one re: new Thai-built Trooper). Both stories to the right of that one discuss Isuzu's possible withdrawal from the US. Apparently they are selling their interest in the Indiana plant (that makes Rodeos) to Fuji Heavy Industries; also, GM is dropping its ownership of Isuzu from 40% to 12%. Also comments by head of Isusu that they are not leaning on SUV's, but rather trucks for their profit ability.
Am I the only one that saw some bad future news for Isuzu in the US?
Feb 14, 2003 (1:22 pm)
Dear Isuzu Motors,
Big sunroof, TOD system, superior build quality, large cargo area, utility truck status (frame on body design), all standard features currently offered.
Please Improve or Add:
CD changer, intake manifold gasket, headlights, lumbar support, shocks, cup holders, D/C outlets.
Also, remember to sue consumer reports in advance for their inevitable slamming of your new product.
Thanks in advance,
Feb 14, 2003 (1:24 pm)
BTW, I didn't say we were in a fuel crisis - yet.
How much worse could Isuzu be hurt by a fuel crisis?
That's just it, the final pin in their US coffin. They might become the world's premiere diesel manufacturer though.
#7105 of 11964 re: Isuzu hurt by fuel crisis...
Feb 14, 2003 (2:52 pm)
Isuzu will be hurt disproportunately higher by rising fuel prices simply because they sell only SUVs.
#7106 of 11964 When should trans. fluid really be changed?
Feb 14, 2003 (8:36 pm)
I was at a transmission shop today and talked with several workers about when transmission fluid should be changed in auto transmissions. To a man they all recommended that it not be changed so long as the color does not appear brown or burnt. They noted that after a person changes fluid, they often have transmission problems. I must say that my experience supports their view. I have had transmission problems with only 2 of my cars, and this was within 20K miles after changing the fluid. When I didn't change the fluid in other cars, even though I abused those cars in my youth, I never had any problems. What do you guys think?
#7107 of 11964 transmission fluid changes
by steve_ HOST
Feb 14, 2003 (8:40 pm)
One theory is that people only change the fluid when they notice problems with the tranny shifting or clunking or whatever.
They get a fluid swap as a cheap attempt to fix whatever may be wrong, but often the tranny fails anyway.
I'm a deferred maintenance kind of guy myself
#7108 of 11964 speaking of transmissions
Feb 15, 2003 (7:54 am)
I notice that when it is below 20 degrees out, my truck drives very slow for the first mile or so. Should the transmission behave this way? Is it the fluid being too cold so it doesn't provide the proper fluid coupling/lubrication for the truck to get going? The engine usually doesn't seem effected by the really low temperatures. Is this because the oil has 2 different viscosities and the trans fluid doesn't?
Feb 15, 2003 (8:11 am)
Like Steve the HOST noted changing fluid will not cure all ills. It will however cure many.
As to new fluid, in theory it has to be good otherwise they would sell used fluid instead. In practice no doubt there could be some instances of new/old fluid incompatibility or cases where people did the change wrong (e.g. too little added, bad pan gasket reseal, etc.). However, I fail too see the logic of new fluid causing problems by definition.
No doubt changing fluid just as it starts to darken/change smell is the ideal from a fluid purchase standpoint. In a vehicle with an AT dipstick this is easy to check. However, given the lousy Isuzu no dipstick design, routine checking is not so easy. Therefore my practice is to flush about every 3 yrs. Given the price of the fluid and my time versus the cost of a new AT, this just seems like cheap insurance to me.
Just my $.02.
Feb 15, 2003 (10:42 am)
I haven't experienced that, perhaps your ATF needs a change. The new high quality ATF fluids have viscosity the equivalent of 0W-20.