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Isuzu Trooper, SUV
#8731 of 11966 re: package vs. model
Nov 06, 2003 (7:35 am)
The realism is the Trooper hasn't changed much since 1992...some engine, drivetrain and body modifications, but to sit in a 1994 Trooper is probably not to far off sitting inside an 2002...IMO Isuzu may have changed the descriptions and brochures, however a limited vs. luxury package is pretty much the same.
It was kind of funny how in late 2001 and 2002, all different flavors were reported as showing up on dealer lots...S models with power mirrors, Limited without some things, etc. We on this board attributed it to Isuzu emptying the parts bin on the last few production Trooper's coming off the lines.
#8732 of 11966 Update on Tires
Nov 06, 2003 (2:14 pm)
Yeah, I know we've probably ridden this one to death... bit I'm going to add my two cents...
We replaced OEM tires at 48,000 miles. Still had tread left, although the truck was slightly out of alignment and they were starting to wear irregularly. SO, we got an alignment and put on Michelin Cross Terrains. Kinda expensive, but the truck rides beautifully now. We don't go off roading (no action clips like Paisan!) ) so these were the perfect tire for us.
Handling did improve significantly and we're ready to deal with our Chicago weather.
Good luck to all,
#8733 of 11966 '98 & '99 Models
Nov 06, 2003 (6:03 pm)
Looks like I am numerically and probably factually outgunned regarding whether the '98 Trooper had "models" or simply an S model with packages. I got into this discussion (see my post #8718) merely on the subject of whether a '98 Trooper S (without packages but with color Light Silver and its same color wheel opening cladding) qualified as a "monotone" treatment or was just a freakish two-tone.
I do remember that the dealer I bought from kept referring to the 3 different '98 Trooper models and showed me invoices for all three versions/models/packages. I was not particularly concerned at the time whether there was a distinct and clearly defined "model" for each, simply that there were 3 different versions he stocked and that each had different equipment and pricing ramifications.
I also remember 3 different pictures and categories in the nice color brochure they gave me. Believe it or not the biggest reason I went for the base Trooper S was that the others had darkly tinted rear and rear side windows - something I cannot tolerate. Sunroofs, leather, automatic temperature control, CD players, adjustable seats and all that stuff really don't matter much to me. But, I really dislike people who drive vehicles that you cannot see through in traffic(especially big boxy vehicles like the Trooper). I think they are safety hazards, and I did not want to be one of those socially inconsiderate people.
Anyway, fading age and a sense that whatever they were called they were 3 different "levels" of Trooper I probably went on my own way thinking they were "models." Sorry if that offended anyone. My only copy of the brochure is 150 miles away from where I am now. I am sure that when I get back "home" and get to look at it (which I haven't in 3 or 4 years) I will see that Paisan and others are correct - I have no doubt!!
Nov 06, 2003 (7:01 pm)
You know the reason for the tint, is for environmental reasons. Otherwise they would be hot as all getup.
#8735 of 11966 Need horsepower boost
Nov 06, 2003 (7:30 pm)
I have a 99 Trooper (Performance) that I use to tow a 2800 lb. camper trailer. Is there any way of increasing the horsepower a little? Any increase would be greatly appreciated while ascending long upgrades.
Also, regarding another topic, my local Isuzu service manager does not recommend installing a transmission cooler since he says that the Trooper already has one in the radiator. He noted also that to install a cooler, the radiator cooler would have to be disconnected.
Nov 06, 2003 (7:42 pm)
my stock '00 trooper tows 5000lbs fine up hills.
As for the cooler having to cut out the stock one, that's bogus. You run the lines into the stock, then into the aux, then to the tranny.
PS: I don't run an aux cooler on mine and it stays cool.
Nov 06, 2003 (8:11 pm)
Thats what I figured too paisan, but I didn't say anything to him. It seems that service managers are often not able to provide useful information. (This is the same guy who said he never heard of Mobil 1 transmission fluid.)
Good to know that your tranny stays cool. I have been thinking about taking a cross-country trip, however, and wonder if any added protection is needed.
#8738 of 11966 Dark tint windows
Nov 06, 2003 (8:53 pm)
As you know, my 98 Trooper S doesn't have the darkly tinted windows, yet in hot months I do not find it very warm inside or hard to cool down especially considering the volume of the interior. My '02 Altima seems to me a much harder vehicle to keep cool than the Troop, especially considering the Altima's smaller interior volume. Even so, personal comfort seems to me less important than safety. I guess it is a very personal consideration.
Nov 07, 2003 (5:46 am)
Well for that matter, have you removed the rear spare tire carrier? I mean you are picking one tiny little criteria to be "thoughtful" on. What about the poor milage that the Trooper gets, that's not very considerate.
Nov 07, 2003 (5:47 am)
Before a X-country trip in a trooper, i'd:
Flush the coolant, and re-fill. Oil Change, perhaps diffy and ATF change as well. Other than that you should be good to go. I regularly throw on anywhere from 400-1000 miles on a weekend trip spur of the moment towing with the trooper, so IMHO they are pretty much good to go at any point in time