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Isuzu Trooper, SUV
#92 of 11966 Re: No worries
Nov 27, 2000 (7:30 pm)
I have some concerns. But the more I research it the better I feel. I looked at the crash test data regarding. The Trooper actually held together quite well. The passenger compartment did not get too out of shape. This means that your chances of living are very good. The leg injury is not ideal, but compared to other results the trooper wasn't the worst. The footwell was the only area to get compromised in the collision. This seems to be directly related to a lack of any front bumper. The JGC had a similar problem where the front wheel crushes the footwell too.
I am concerned about the fuel line leak in the 1998-1999. I have emailed NHTSA about trying to get the 1999 evaluated. Isuzu claims the 1998-1999 models don't have the same fuel line routing, which I don't completely believe. The 1998 Jackaroo crash test link didn't show any problems with a fuel line link. After scouring the crash test data I do feel better. Not many crashes result in fire, so even if you hit a stationary object offset on the drivers side, and after the crash fuel spills out, I am not that worried. I am concerned that Isuzu is not fixing the 1998-1999 models, I would like to see more from them.
It is possible the 1998-1999 models are different. For example, the 1995 models scored extremely poorly in crash tests, this was then greatly improved in 1997? Even though the skin hasn't changed the insides may have.
#93 of 11966 1998-1999 Trooper Structure
Nov 27, 2000 (8:00 pm)
Yes, it would be nice to know how the structure of the 1998-1999 Troopers differ from the 2000-2001. Since the Trooper, like all SUVs, have no effective bumper, I wonder if a nudge bar like paisan has would help? I would think it would help both in the area of providing initial protection for the fuel line and also prevent intrusion into the driver and passenger compartments.
#94 of 11966 ARB bumpers
Nov 27, 2000 (8:14 pm)
from Australia are heralded as adding protection from collisions with kangaroos and other wildlife. I would think that adding a steel bumper mounted to the frame would definitely protect the footwell. I don't know how it would effect the overall structural integrity though. I am most likely going to add one for winching capabilities, not safety, but it could be a possible bonus. I am looking at getting one on for next summers vacation so I won't have any results to post soon.
#95 of 11966 Two sides to overlander...
Nov 27, 2000 (8:32 pm)
Mike, at vmag.com...the Trooper portion of the forum, there have been a couple of uncomplimentary things said about overlander. Rude people and slow service as well as something about being charged for an order that took forever to arrive, I believe.
On the plus side, I've called them a couple of times and been treated nothing but great!
I also ordered a K&N air filter from them and got it in four days, exactly as promised.
This is not to say that overlander is bad. From my experience I'd order from them again. After all, you can't please everyone and the other two people may have gotten someone who either didn't care or isn't employed by overlander anymore.
The Catz 216's are indeed cool and I'd love to have them but I don't need their ultimate off-road capability and with a family I have to watch the $ a bit more:) so I'm going to have to stick with some Hellas from susquehanna and a Waag center guard for around $250 total. I'll be the first to admit, though, that the ECB bar and the Landmasters are the HOT ticket!
#96 of 11966 No worries either....
Nov 27, 2000 (8:34 pm)
Count me in as another Trooper owner who isnt the least bit concerned by the recall or "crash results". I'm checking the manufacture date of mine as well as talking to the dealer about it at my first oil change in 500 mi.
#97 of 11966 Yep $ is an issue...
Nov 27, 2000 (9:22 pm)
I spoke to a rep at FET the manufacturer, so I'm not sure of overlander.com's reps yet. I luckily am w/o family, but a ton of school debt, so I'll have to hold off on the 216s for a bit. Had WAAG had their bar before I got my ECB I would have probably gotten theirs, but I called around all of June 2000 and no one had anything but a Big Wrap around one.
#98 of 11966 Cold Weather Skylight problem
Nov 27, 2000 (11:44 pm)
Has anyone had problems on cold (below freezing) days opening their moonroof? On my trip upstate, I had problems opening it to vent out the car on the way upstate NY. It seemed like the rubber seal was "sticking" I'm gonna silicone the seal and see what happens next time it's cold.
#99 of 11966 Mirrors?
Nov 27, 2000 (11:58 pm)
Did you ever get your mirrors fixed?
They replaced mine, still vibrates, but was told its normal.
Had a noise coming from behind the dash on cold mornings. Seems the fuel lines would vibrate on cold days, they fixed that. Seems more Troopers have the same problem. Had exhaust vibration, the replaced the muffler, but still does it when its cold. Was told this is a heat shield and is norm. Any comments? I might need to call the 800# and ask Isuzu for a list of what is norm for this flagship vehicle.
#100 of 11966 Mirror Saga...
Nov 28, 2000 (2:09 am)
Well my mirror is now flush against the vehicle (the black triangle piece) and I drove a # of other Troopers 85mph, same slight vibration. I also drove a Landcruiser, and a Mitsubishi Montero, same slight vibration. So I'm satisfied that the mirrors are normal for this type of vehicle.
The fluttering some of us pinned down to the edges of the OEM bug guard. One of my corners was torn off, so I ripped the other one off and now no more fluttering noise.
The heat shield can be tightened if it vibrates that much, but I haven't had any problems with mine.
Definitely try a different dealer, I found that to be the easiest fix. The new dealer is quite caring and are excellent.
If you do call Isuzu, immediately ask for a supervisor, because the first level phone people are not of the highest quality!
#101 of 11966 Overlander?
Nov 28, 2000 (1:56 pm)
I have contacted them several times with product questions. Although I have never bought anything, yet, they have always responded promptly and informative to any email I send them.