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#7798 of 11966 Trooper reliability
May 16, 2003 (4:14 am)
I have been a Trooper driver since 1984. I bought a new 1984 Trooper II and put 201K on it (sold it because of rust and my desire for A/C since I had moved South out of the rust belt) then I bought a new 1995 Trooper and so far have only 142K on it. I expect my next Trooper to be a 2006 to 2009 model depending on how I am feeling about letting my 1995 Trooper go, since it is not rusting. By then I will have 200K to 250K on my 1995 Trooper.
1984 TrooperII 1.9L 4cyl 80hp $11K
1995 Trooper-S 3.2L 6cyl 175hp $22K
2006 Trooper-DieselHybrid $33K ?
My cost of driving has been very low. From 1984 to 2006 I will have spent 33K on buying Troopers and put 400K+ miles on them. I have had only scheduled maintenance and normal wear out parts replacememnts. Compare that to buying a "luxery SUV" for $50K+ and having $33K depreciation in the first couple years. Repeat this "luxery SUV" arrangement six times in the same 22 years and pay $200K + repeairs and breakdowns. I bet the cost of buying my two new Troopers is less than the cost of the "luxery SUV" repairs and breakdowns. So I figure Isuzu Troopers may have saved me $200K!!! compared to the "luxery SUV" route.
#7799 of 11966 Prospective New 2002 Trooper Buyer
May 16, 2003 (4:51 am)
Thanks much, Paisan and BoxTrooper. Your comments have reassured me. I'll be looking at the Trooper soon after returning to the U.S. All the best.
#7800 of 11966 Thanks Breakor & Sawas_e
May 16, 2003 (6:53 am)
Yesterday I got back to the train station to my Trooper shifting perfectly? This morning it's still o.k. This has got to be an intermittent electrical problem. I forgot to mention yesterday that the illuminated gear indicator on the dash hesitated (got hung up) between N & D prior to the situation. The same thing occurred again this morning but without the same symptoms. One thing has changed lately, I moved last weekend and my truck now sits outside, parked on a hill pointing downward. It has been extremely moist in the morning (dew point) on the coast this week, maybe it's related to that. I'm going to pull and clean all of the tranny connectors this weekend to see if helps.
May 16, 2003 (6:55 am)
Also check out http://isuzu-suvs.com to see what these trucks are capable of in the extreme situations which means that for the average Joe, they'll last forever
#7802 of 11966 Trooper reliability
May 16, 2003 (7:01 am)
My main reason to buy my 98 Trooper is reliablity. It is trouble free for the last 4 1/2 years. It is one of the top 3 ranked suvs in the J.D. Power and Associates 2002 vehicle dependability study for 1998 models.
Midsize SUV: Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Pathfinder,
May 16, 2003 (1:27 pm)
I know this may sound unrelated to your transmission shifting, but do check all your fuses and bulbs to make sure nothing is blown.
The electronics on modern cars are getting so complex that anything can be causing the problem.
BTW, my gear indicator on the dash did the same thing. It would hesitate, indicate the wrong selection, sometimes not light up at all.
One other symptom I tested for was what happened when 1st gear was manually selected and held. Accelerating from stop, the trannie continued to shift up to at least 3rd gear. I didn't continue with the test after that.
Let us know how you go with it.
#7804 of 11966 Sawas_e.....Re:bulbs
May 16, 2003 (2:07 pm)
This whole bulb/fuse thing is sounding more of a possibility than I had realized. In my last residence, the truck was garaged, one day a Cat got locked in there, in it's panic to get out, it climbed all over my stuff and knocked a bicycle work stand into the (L) taillight and knocked out a 1.00" dia. hole in the lens. I put clear packing tape over it to keep out water when I washed it. Now that it's parked outside in the dew, maybe moister got in there and shorted something out. It's possible, the whole traffic situation is purely coincidental. Thanks for the brain storming session. Time to go, let you know what happened on Monday.
#7805 of 11966 Got rear-ended today
May 16, 2003 (4:49 pm)
on my way home from work. A woman in a honda accord didn't stop. Fortunately it was at slow speed and she wasn't going to fast. There was only some paint on my tow hook. Her hood was bent back up over her radiator. The new tires just paid for themselves giving me an extra 3/4" of height. The officer said "I am truly impressed" with regards to the lack of damage to the trooper.
#7806 of 11966 Sorry to hear that sbcooke...
May 16, 2003 (6:32 pm)
but it sounds like you came out ok. Are you going to have somebody look at it just for completeness? I towed our boat recently and still had the ball and hitch in today, but decided to leave it in because I'll be towing again this weekend, plus I thought "it would help in an accident".
#7807 of 11966 Transmission
May 17, 2003 (3:16 am)
Raydahs - A very good mechanic friend of mine has told me that on today's vehicles most transmission problems are electrical, not mechanical. The computers look for very small changes in electrical resistance and almost anything can affect that. You are probably on the right track with the rear tail light thing, fuses and connectors.