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.
So Obama is offering the cash for clunkers giveaway and it qualifies. We've owned this standard shift model for 15 years and 225000 miles, same strong engine, one replaced transmission and for the last 5 years an on road/off road car for a college student. Same son learned an important lesson, they go but don't stop in snow, but take an amazing licking so we put a front clip on it 7 years ago. Paint still shiny and consumes a bit of oil. Not sure he wants to give it up even for 4500 Obamabucks, not if they crush it he says, it deserves better. Honestly the clutch has been tedious but even the AC blows cold with no service on it ever. Can't say that about my Z71 pickup.
Rugged 4 wheel drive system with NO electric servos to mess it up. Fantastic suspension and build. Massive cargo room (better than H2 check the specs). Over 120,000 miles before first brake job and good dealer experience.
Have owned this vehicle for 12 years and have put over 200k miles on it. Liked driving it from day one and still do; lots of room, plenty of power, very comfy, great visibility. Especially good in winter; 4wd, heated seats, headlight washers, heated mirrors & rear window. Very easy on tires; over 70k a set. The transmission is weak and have rebuilt it twice (sourced from GM!). Have also replaced a starter, master cylinder, and power steering pump. The rest has all been maintenance items. Starting to get some rust now so am looking at a later model!
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.
The way you can put the seats down to make more room. There are two cup holders and the mirrors fold in with a touch of a button.
The power steering pump and box should be built better and the brake system should be made to last longer.
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.
Just a great big SUV that has run and run for me.
Bring them back. A diesel engine for better mileage.