It's 2018 and I still own my 2001 Trooper. I can't give it up. Nothing out there compares in value. The Trooper has a real truck frame, great height from the road, fantastic traction when you need it, a nice ride, and comfort. Sure I wish the mpg was better, but when I sit in new SUV's they feel shabby, more like SUV wannabes. I bought the Trooper new and I am so happy I did. I have driven it on the streets with 21 inches of snow, and it just muscles through it, up icy hills and it digs in and goes. The paint is a little worn looking, but then again so am I. I have changed the oil every 3,000 miles. Did some transmission work at 100,000.00 and other than that just normal tune ups. I have looked at several new cars and I just can't bring myself to part with this vehicle. I only wish that Isuzu had not left the market.
Great SUV wish they still made them in the USA, good thing it they don't break down as long as you take care of them. owned 5 of them over the years and still own 3 today. 1st Trooper 1989, 2nd 1998, 3rd 2001, 4th 2002 5th 2001. total estimated cost of repairs not including the normal tires and bakes and exhaust. 1989 Heater core = $300.00 2001, 2002 Two Transmission = $1800 each. 2002 Fuel tank = $400.00 2001 Exhaust system = $1200 Most impressive thing about them is they don't rust, I live in New England MA. where we salt the roads all winter. 2nd most impressive thing about them is the minimal damage in a accident, Ask the 2014 Jeep Cherokee that hit my 2001 Trooper in the quarter panel, Jeep was totaled its engine and front wheel pushed into the cab of the Jeep thank god the people lived. My Trooper had a flat tire and dent and drove it home after we put air in the tire. After seeing accident now two police offices that responded own Troopers.
Bought this used a year old 17,000 miles for 1/2 price of new. At 78,000 miles torque converter bearing failed costing me $900 at a trusted transmission shop, dealer wanted $4500 for a whole transmission. Other than that this car has had zero problems , absolutely no work other than one brake job, a few light bulbs and regular fluid changes..well over 100k now. It really is built like tank. I use it to haul family, lots of gear, and towing. 4WD low gear combined with high ground clearance is useful if you need it. Not for everyone but a good off road vehicle priced very low. Maybe I'm lucky, but have many friends with Ford/Chevy SUVs who had to replace everything but the engine by 100K
Reliability, cargo capacity, gearing, ground clearance, well accessorized for the price
2001 Isuzu Trooper Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
I've had some problems with the Transmission too and my mileage is low. The RPMs go crazy & I had problems braking. I drive a little, turn off car & restart sometimes fixes problem. My drivers seat does NOT go all the way back. I'm 5'4" & have short legs and seat is problem along with contour. I had a 88 Trooper & loved it. I like this too but I wish the seats were manual & the CD player was of better quality. Lots of room, I can put 2 bird cages, 3 cat carriers and 1-50 lbs dog & their food, in cargo area in case of hurricane evacuation. The "check engine" thingie is broken. I had it reset twice. 2 weeks later, when I gassed up, the light came back on.
The rear door - I love that swing out door and large cargo area. I had to add running boards to make getting in and out easier.
Sadly I think Isuzu has withdrawn from the US Market. It will be a sad day for me when I give up my Trooper. I try to find a honda model to replace my trooper. Isuzu why did you abandoned us?