I bought my 1994 Trooper from a man who bought it off the showroom floor - one owner and babied. 150,000 miles, new tranny at 90k, regular maintenance, and all of the papers to prove it. I was aiming for a newer SUV, but for the price and after the test drive I had to have it. Not long after we took it to Death Valley, off road, and it performed pretty well. The LS is tough for a luxury oriented SUV. The freeway gas milage is also pretty good at around 20mpg. Where the Trooper fails is stop and go driving through LA, where it only gets around 8mpg - a far cry from its reported 14+mpg. The Trooper also struggles up hills, but with smart driving techniques it will make it.
The body is tough, it withstands all weather. The exterior is plush and comfortable and durable. Reliability is good it can put alot of miles on and still maintain performance,with minor to major flaws in the system. The fuel econmony is great if your vehicle is in pretty good shape. It is fun to drive. The overall performance is good.
Bought the car new by trading in a lemon BMW and junker Wagoneer. Car has absolutely been one of the most reliable I have ever been associated with. Only work done was a starter, A/C clutch and compressor, rear wheel bearing and ignition wires and coils (just now). I drive it every day, have towed campers and boats, and generally used it for everything imaginable. Doesn't use any oil, always starts and the finish has held up well. With the age now some of the upholstery and dash plastic is beginning to show wear.
I put 211000 miles on my Trooper and I still love it. I had to replace the transmission at 198K, and the starter and alternator made it to about 200K. It burns oil and the valves have ticked somewhat for about 100K miles but it is as dependable as they come; I also own a 99 Trooper that has been equally dependable. I got rear ended last week in the 94, they totaled it, and am looking to replace it with another 94 Trooper; that should say a lot.
Bought second new Trooper (Japanese assembled)in 94 for wife's interior design business.Also bought 98 Mercedes C class and an 03 BMW X5 during these years. This Trooper has been absolutely outstanding(as reliable as the germans) for over 10 years- Only had to replace the starter and battery.We think we ought to buy a new SUV but every time we look at and drive the Trooper (washed and polished) we marvel at how new its still looks and performs. The seats on the 94 model were so well made that they still look and feel almost brand new. The cargo area is big and tall. This is an SUV you just can't justify selling. Talk about getting your moneys worth!!