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#410 of 430 New Member - Troooper Lover
Dec 25, 2007 (4:10 am)
I just found this particular forum for Isuzu owners, although I have owned my 1996 Trooper since December 2000. Purchased it with 42,000 miles and now have 81,000 miles. It was strictly my weekend and mountain vehicle (where I needed 4x4) ------ until my 16 year old daughter got her drivers license in May 2007. She loves this vehicle ---- easy to see traffic, nice square shape so she can see the front and rear corners when parking. While I know lots of auto problems surface as cars get older, my Trooper has been excellent . I have followed most all the maintenance items, including differential oil changes, etc. Recently had new spark plugs and performance is peppier. I have only had to replace normal wear and tear items (brakes, exhaust, etc.). I did need a new thermostat and my local trusted mechanic first replaced it with an aftermarket brand. Apparently it neat not close and open exactly right and finally had to get one from the Isuzu dealer. It has worked perfectly since.
Plan on keeping this one and hopefully my 13 year old will be able to learn to drive on the Trooper in a few years.
#411 of 430 Re: New Member - Troooper Lover [belaircarguy]
Dec 28, 2007 (9:30 pm)
Thanks afdmike - glad to be back in the Trooper fold.
Belaircarguy - like you had done, I am using a Trooper as a part time vehicle. Was wondering if you took any special precautions given the limited use. Mine is the opposite however, as I am using it in South Florida.
I must say though that its a great vehicle for this purpose, as I just bought it and it is so far serving the purpose very well. Handles our luggage and three kids with ease, and rides well. We just took it to South Beach, among the many Ferraris, Lamborginis, and Bentleys (and "normal" cars), and it was not totally out of place (it is a Champagne 2002, with the BBS-style rims).
#412 of 430 Re: New Member - Troooper Lover [muttley1]
Dec 29, 2007 (3:51 am)
Muttley1 - The only extra precaution is that I do take the Trooper to my local mechanic for service and I normally have him put it up on the lift each time and check the undercarriage. At its age, rust and other problems due to age can begin to surface, so feel good that he inspects and verifies that all is O.K. I have not had anything major go wrong, so if that happens we will see about parts availability. I have read some concerns from Trooper owners about scarce and expensive parts. Mine has leather seats and I do use a leather cream about once or twice a year to help prevent cracking (again due to age).
In looking at AutoTrader, I see lots of used Troopers with well over 100,000 miles and still strong value, so I believe it speaks well of the reliability of the vehicles.
As you are in Florida, I am sure the A/C will get used quite a bit. In all the time I have had my Trooper only needed about 1/2 pound of refrigerant added to the A/C. No leaks or other problems. A/C still ice cold!
You made a great choice in getting the Trooper!
#413 of 430 2001trooper
Jan 06, 2008 (8:11 am)
hi, my name is Dan, i got a 2001 trooper used in 2003 ,car was 2 yrs old 32.000 miles. after gone thrue the intake gasket and a cat exhaust becouse of that, i have now 80.000 miles and i,m so happy. what a good truck on snow, and what a tough vehicle in general. love it. thank you for the forum it is great !
#415 of 430 i need a mechanic
Feb 06, 2008 (9:39 pm)
anyone know of an isuzu mechanic in or around tulsa, ok. im looking to buy my first trooper ( 98' 3.5) and need someone to check it out. thanks for your help
Feb 11, 2008 (3:25 pm)
Original owner 1989 Trooper, 280,000 miles, 5spd, 2.8 V6.
Transmission rebuilt 180,000
Excellent 4wd - capabilities of the vehicle are often commented upon by others. One trip in New Mexico after coming out of the back country meet an individual hiking who stepped back, looked the Trooper up-n-down, shook his head and stated that most people don't make it through that road - it was an adventure worthy of a commercial.
#417 of 430 Isuzu Transmission Problems
Apr 06, 2008 (4:52 am)
How much transmission fluid and what type do you put in a 2001 Trooper automatic transmission. I know that it is a concealed transmission and has no dip stick, but once I drain all the fluid out to replace it how many quarts do I re-install?
#418 of 430 Re: Isuzu Transmission Problems [laniermcc]
Apr 06, 2008 (4:55 am)
You'll probably only get about 3-4 quarts out of the trans. I'm not sure what type to put in though.
#419 of 430 Bought myself a Trooper
Aug 23, 2008 (1:41 am)
Hello, my name is Brian from Missoula, Montana.
I recently purchased my first Trooper. It's an 89 LS model with and automatic and 232K. A great rig and a good deal for only $600. My parents purchased a Trooper in 1984 and my dad still raves about the off-road prowess of that vehicle.
Does anybody know if there is a lift kit avalible for this model? I've seen a 3" body lift kit but it's for the manual trans only. My 2 other cars are manual trans so this automatic Trooper is a welcomed addition.