Used 2002 Isuzu Trooper

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Used 2002 Isuzu Trooper
List Price Estimate:
$1,770 - $3,375

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Pros
  • Large interior, capable off-road ability, outstanding visibility, moderate price.
Cons
  • Unrefined truck-like handling, mediocre power from V6, limited availability of features and equipment.
 

Other trucks simply offer more. Consider a Trooper only if you are a diehard Isuzu fan.

Vehicle overview

Well over a decade ago, Isuzu introduced the first Trooper. It was a tough truck, sturdy and boxy in style, with two doors and a sparse interior. Powered by a four-cylinder engine, the original Trooper wasn't prepped to win any drag races, but the truck won fans for its off-road prowess and exceptional reliability. Soon, a four-door model joined the lineup, and a GM-sourced V6 engine became available. As the sport-utility market grew, luxury amenities were added to the Trooper, but by the early nineties, it was apparent that Isuzu needed to redesign the Trooper so that it could remain viable in a market populated by steadily improving competitors.

The Trooper's last significant update came in 1998. Continued refinements have given the Trooper a decent blend of style, comfort and utility. Fold the rear seats, and a Trooper can carry 90 cubic-feet of cargo. Ground clearance measures 8.3 inches with the manual transmission, and rear seat passengers enjoy ample legroom.

A 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 powers the Trooper, pumping out 215 horsepower and 230 foot-pounds of torque. Torque on Demand, Isuzu's traction system, which instantly directs more power to the front or rear wheels as needed, is standard on four-wheel drive Troopers with an automatic transmission. With the system engaged, you get the on-road stability of all-wheel drive and off-road capability of part-time four-wheel drive. And with the generous 10-year/120,000-mile powertrain warranty, you can use and abuse your Trooper to its fullest capacity.

Although the four-wheel drive may have been slightly off-putting in terms of value for those of us whose idea of rough terrain is the dirt parking lot of the sweet corn stand, the cheaper two-wheel drive version, with its concurrent lower cost of ownership, will suffice nicely to traverse that mean pothole in the parking lot at Denny's.

Just make sure to avoid any low speed collisions with solid objects. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Trooper's repair bills in four different 5-mph crash tests totaled more than $11,000, the highest numbers ever recorded for such tests. Just backing up into a typical parking light pole at 5-mph resulted in over $3,300 worth of repair bills, not exactly your typical fender bender.

In addition to the basic S model, there's the LS, which comes with heated cloth power seats, mesh 16-inch alloy wheels, an automatic transmission and standard six-CD changer. The Limited edition will get you a two-tone paint scheme, 12-spoke alloy wheels, power moonroof, and a beige leather interior. However, some features starting to appear on newer SUVs aren't available on the Trooper. These include items like stability control, side and side curtain airbags and a folding third-row seat.

Up until this year, the Trooper has been one of our favored trucks because it had loads of personality and off-road ability. It also filled a nice slot between midsize SUVs and the larger maxi brutes. But 2002 has brought on better trucks, ranging from the Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer twins and General Motors triplets to the Toyota Sequoia. In the face of better engines, more comfortable interiors and more features, the Trooper's personality doesn't count for much when 30-plus grand is on the line.

2002 Highlights

The flagship of the Isuzu line, the Trooper, receives minor changes for 2002. Privacy glass and solar green UV-cut glass are now standard for S models, and Trooper's famous extra-large power moonroof is now standard for the LS. Manual climate control and map lamps are now standard on S models, while LS models feature a new standard digital clock with outside temperature read-out, stop watch, average speed and service reminder. The Limited model now offers a Nakamichi premium audio system.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 Isuzu Trooper.

5 star reviews: 66%
4 star reviews: 28%
3 star reviews: 1%
2 star reviews: 1%
1 star reviews: 4%
Average user rating: 4.6 stars based on 54 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • comfort
  • off-roading
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • value
  • appearance
  • interior
  • spaciousness
  • handling & steering
  • ride quality
  • seats
  • driving experience
  • dashboard
  • doors
  • towing
  • visibility
  • safety
  • sound system
  • climate control
  • maintenance & parts
  • fuel efficiency
  • oil
  • transmission
  • engine
  • warranty
  • emission system
  • lights
  • wheels & tires
  • acceleration
  • electrical system

Most helpful consumer reviews

3.875 out of 5 stars, Still truckin'
HamSandwich,

I bought my Trooper new in April 03 and have loved the experience other than the transmission had to be replaced at least 3 times. Since they put a rebuilt tranny in each time the dealer said that you never know how the quality would be. Luckily I've had the warranty and will definitely get rid of the truck when it hits 120,000 miles although I would have preferred to keep it longer. I don't like the way it burns oil either.

3.875 out of 5 stars, Epitome of Pure SUV
Dan,

It is hard to describe the ownership experience for me with this vehicle. I guess it can almost be described as happiness and sorrow combined. The vehicle itself is a high quality vehicle( which I will miss when gone) which rides on shocks and rear springs (nice). Plenty of power, big, unique, cool, and comfortable. Problem was with Isuzu disappearing in North America. Was assured by dealer they could continue to service when they dropped Isuzu franchise. My transmission was serviced and failed. Had to wait 18 days to get fixed at authorized Isuzu dealer. Second one failed again. Replaced again at no cost. Still love the vehicle, but Isuzu disappearing and other issues caused anguish.

4.5 out of 5 stars, Great SUV
Julie,

I love my Trooper - I have driven it over 60,000 miles and it has never gone into the shop. We moved across the country 2 times - the Trooper provided for a comfortable ride, and handled mountains wonderfully. The Trooper was large enough to fit our 2 large bloodhounds comfortably - for 2 days of driving (never heard a peep out of them). I especially love how well I can see the road from my Trooper.

5 out of 5 stars, Death of the Isuzu
Carl Boyes,
Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Has been very reliable over the years. Fuel economy could be better . After 110,000 began to burn a bit of oil. Best to check it at least every 300 miles. Towing capacity is OK. Limited to speeds 55 MPH or less otherwise transmission will heat up. Was under warranty when water pump went out. Replaced starter at 130,000 miles. Other than normal maintenance which includes belts and hoses vehicle is original. Unfortunately the Isuzu became salvage after an accident in January 2018. At the time of the accident the miles attained were 198,887. The insurance company totaled it out. There is a slight possibility that it is running the streets under a salvage title.

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Features & Specs

Limited 4WD 4dr SUV features & specs
Limited 4WD 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
215 hp @ 5400 rpm

Limited 2WD 4dr SUV features & specs
Limited 2WD 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
215 hp @ 5400 rpm

S 4WD 4dr SUV features & specs
S 4WD 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
215 hp @ 5400 rpm

LS 4WD 4dr SUV features & specs
LS 4WD 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
215 hp @ 5400 rpm

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FAQ

Is the Isuzu Trooper a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2002 Trooper both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Isuzu Trooper fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Trooper gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Trooper ranges from 43.7 to 46.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Isuzu Trooper. Learn more

Is the Isuzu Trooper reliable?

To determine whether the Isuzu Trooper is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Trooper. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Trooper's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2002 Isuzu Trooper a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2002 Isuzu Trooper is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2002 Trooper is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2002 Isuzu Trooper?

The least-expensive 2002 Isuzu Trooper is the 2002 Isuzu Trooper S 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,105.

Other versions include:

  • Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $36,660
  • Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $34,660
  • S 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $29,405
  • LS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $32,690
  • LS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $30,690
  • S 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $28,105
  • S 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5M) which starts at $28,555
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What are the different models of Isuzu Trooper?

If you're interested in the Isuzu Trooper, the next question is, which Trooper model is right for you? Trooper variants include Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), S 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), and LS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A). For a full list of Trooper models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2002 Isuzu Trooper

Used 2002 Isuzu Trooper Overview

The Used 2002 Isuzu Trooper is offered in the following submodels: Trooper SUV. Available styles include Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), S 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), LS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), LS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), S 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), and S 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2002 Isuzu Trooper?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2002 Isuzu Trooper and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2002 Trooper 4.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2002 Trooper.

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Our Review Process

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