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You are in the Isuzu Trooper
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Isuzu Ascender, Isuzu Trooper, SUV
Your Community Leader is paisan.
Apr 03, 2003 (8:52 am)
irronically is one of the places Isuzu Troopers first came to the USA. I bought my new 1984 Trooper there when Troopers were hard to find in the rest of the country. I remember test driving it in all modes on and off pavement for 39 miles. I was worried that the little 1.9L engine was not going to last because of its small size, but it was still running great after 201K miles having only changed the water pump alternator and belts once. The only other thing that I changed was the throttle body which started leaking air past the shaft. It got 22 to 24 mpg often and 28 mpg twice back when the speed limit was 55mph, but only 16 mpg with a big aluminum canoe on top. Later I ran it at 72+ mph (4200 RPM) for 20 hours (1400 miles straight thru) cross country, without any problems.
Ask your Isuzu maintenance shop what maintenance is most needed and most cost effective. My local shop is http://www.creechimports.com/ maybe they can help decide what your maintenance priorities are. The owner is Stan, I have been using their shop since 1995.
#2378 of 3299 raydahs - Maintenance
Apr 03, 2003 (7:16 pm)
Yes, I still go to Andreasen's in Fountain Valley. Haven't been there for a while, but I'm planning to take my Trooper for 60K service soon.
When I did comparison shopping when my Trooper was due for 30K serve, his shop had better price than Isuzu dealers (there are two dealers within 10 miles from my home). However, his rate is not the lowest compared to other independent shops. Keith (the owner) follows Isuzu maintenance schedule and does everything to the spec, so I am happy with that. One dealer does more than what Isuzu manual recommends and charges more.
Keith cannot do warranty repair, so if he finds something that should be repaired under warranty, he tells me to go to a dealer. One time he found front diff pinion seal and rear axle seal leaks, and a dealer finally agreed to fix it after arguing it's a normal seepage. If I'd taken it to a dealer, I don't think those leaks ever got noticed and got fixed. Another good thing for me is he's open on Saturdays.
#2379 of 3299 EIJI.....thanks for the link
Apr 04, 2003 (6:24 am)
I remembered you posted a link some time ago but my bookmark got deleted. This guy sounds exactly what I need, and being open on Saturdays is perfect. I'm going to shoot off an E-mail for quotes.
Boxtrooper, thanks for the suggestion. Man you would be blown away at what San Diego is today, compared to the 80's. I've been here since 96', the growth is stunning (housing costs)...Thanks again.
#2380 of 3299 60K Service
Apr 19, 2003 (12:54 pm)
Had 60K service done to my '99 Trooper today. Total was $344.63 including tax. They did all scheduled items in the manual, including front wheel bearing repack. Only problem they found was small cracks in the timing belt. They didn't have the belt in stock, so I'll get it done sometime next week when the part comes in. Cost will be $80.
#2381 of 3299 Only $80 ???
Apr 19, 2003 (1:50 pm)
Hey emiura, If you get your timing belt replaced for 80 bucks, that will definately be the deal of the century!! Are you sure you don't mean serpentine belt?? Timing belt replacements are typically $300+ $80 sounds more like a stealer charge for a 5min serpentine belt replacement.
#2382 of 3299 Sorry, my mistake
Apr 19, 2003 (2:10 pm)
You are correct. It's the serpentine belt. I was also asking about the timing belt, which I didn't have to chagne yet.
It's almost out of warranty, and here are things repaired by Isuzu under warranty:
1. Transmission drain plus leak 29K
2. Front differential pinion seal leak 48K
3. Left rear axle seal leak 48K
4. AC switch light bad 48K
Original tires were replaced at around 35K.
#2383 of 3299 60Kmi service...
Apr 19, 2003 (2:54 pm)
Emiura - Only other things I'd do in addition to the 60Kmi service is change out the spark plugs & engine coolant. Should really changeout the coolant every two years & pull/inspect the spark plugs every 2-3yrs or so, load them with anti-seize compound and reinstal them if they still look good - important stuff on an all aluminum engine. Your timing belt should easily go 100Kmi. I'd change out the timing belt & have the valve clearances checked around 100,000 miles. Go over your truck REALLY WELL & check for ANY oil seepage before your warranty expires. Looks like your truck will live a long happy life! G/luck
#2384 of 3299 Steering Gear Adjustment
Apr 21, 2003 (5:20 am)
I tried to adjust my gear this weekend to get rid of some slop on center steering. It is a real pain to get any leverage or a socket w/extension on the nut there. The angle at which mine sits makes it difficult without removing the fan housing/schroud. I may make another attempt, but it looks like I will be having my dealer make this adjustment for me.
#2385 of 3299 re: Steering Gear Adjustment by sbcooke
Apr 21, 2003 (5:41 am)
FYI the upper fan shroud comes off fairly easily as I recall. Just unclip and unscrew the grill. Then unclip and unscrew the upper fan shroud. I know this helped me get better access to clean the radiator, don't know if it will help you with access to the steering.
Apr 21, 2003 (7:41 am)
Our 98 Trooper, 81k miles, has been feeling pretty sluggish the last few months. I've been wondering what could be the cause of it, since it is maintained well. Acceleration with our typical shift points (3000-3500 RPM) seems worse than in years past, and the truck is less eager to build revs and/or downshift.
However, things seem dramatically better in the last 2-3 tanks of gas. Could it be our truck was not running nearly as well on the reformulated winter fuel here in Michigan, and the last couple tanks of gas have been the regular, non-winter blend? The improvement is so noticeable it's hard to believe. There have been no other recent changes to the truck (e.g. oil change), so I can't attribute the improvement to anything else. The truck even returned 18.2 MPG on a 200-mile round trip yesterday, with 95% highway miles 75mph. Any thoughts?