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Isuzu Trooper

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'd love to put em up!


    mike@iace.com


    -mike


    PS: I did the install on my buddy's father-in-law's truck. We had to use only 3 of the 4 bolts and 1 of the bolts we needed to get a longer one (just slightly longer) to make it fit. I snapped some shots in http://isuzu-suvs.com/events under installfest.

  • jimmyp1jimmyp1 Posts: 640
    1. How do you get such crisp digital pictures in such low light? My Olympus D490Z is SO finicky in even moderate light.

    2. Who did you kill with the dark Trooper's passenger side rear view mirror? Whereas I wouldn't normally be a fan of chrome accessories, that nudge bar looks good with his mirrors, etc.

    3. Where the hell is the WRX's intercooler? And why does he have so many scuffs on his car already? Those pictures would make the OCD club at Subaru Crew go into a panic! I take it you got his OEM wheels onto the XT? AWD4ME, I love it!

    Jim
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    1) No idea how the pics come out so good. It's a Nikon 775, set to automatic setting, 800x600 @ Fine resolution

    2) I'm not a fan of the chrome either, but with the Limited's chrome mirrors it goes well

    3) They had to take the IC out to put his downpipe in. That WRX has only 2800 miles on it! The WRX rims on the XT6 are actually a different person's I bought them for $240 with the tires :)

    -mike
  • jimmyp1jimmyp1 Posts: 640
    I've been shopping for tires lately for the Turbo, and it sure is tempting to grab some OEM WRX wheels/tires like you did. Inch taller and all, wider too. What do you think, Paisan?

    Jim
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    They just fit w/o rubbing. Once the rubber is gone, I'll replace the 205-55-16s with 205-45-16 so that my speedo is back to normal. They do handle nicely. Anything is better than the 14x5.5 rims I had on there wearing 205-60-14s. WRX rims are cheap cause they are only 16x6.5 instead of 16x7 of the RS, but for those with only 5.5 or 6 width it's an upgrade.

    -mike
  • jimmyp1jimmyp1 Posts: 640
    if I can find a price similar to what you got, it's less than the plus zero tires ALONE that I'm looking at.

    Jim
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Speaking of which ready to sell yet? I just sold my grey XT6 and have some $ burning a hole in the pocket :) It's either yours of my aunt's SVX whichever comes first.

    -mike
  • jimmyp1jimmyp1 Posts: 640
    but, I keep coming full circle and saying to myself, "why do I really want to sell this, it's never given me any trouble, and I love the car, so, not right now". There's a guy from iClub that owns a 1990 Legacy N/A AT who just moved to Houston and I think he really wants to buy mine someday, but I've already told him that "somebody else" has first dibs.

    Jim
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    :) I'm loving the 5-speed XT6 even with the slipping clutch, can't wait for the good clutch to go in this weekend.

    -mike
  • I know there's a condenser fan on the newer Troopers, but does anyone have any real world experience comparing an old Trooper vs a new Trooper in very hot climates?

    When the change was made to climate control, was the fan blower improved at all?

    Our '98 has 50K miles and runs flawlessly, but I'm getting apprehensive about another Arizona summer in the Trooper. We have very dark tint and use a sun shade, but the a/c doesn't cut it here. The a/c shops say it's running fine. If I were to buy a newer Trooper I'd rather do it now than try to sell ours when the temperature is 110 degrees here!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I have the 00 Trooper and it does fine in hot humid NYC summers. Although I believe that my buddy's 01 Trooper does slightly better (lower fan setting) due to the extra condensor fan.

    -mike
  • I wanted to say thanks for Jinxing me to those of you who were talking about the cracked windshields a week ago. I got in my car last night at the airport and turned the heat on and wouldn't you know it......the star in my windshield shot out both directions and put a crack the whole way across my windshield.

    Thanks for the Jinx job.
  • sorry bout the window. Any idea as to how much it will run to fix/replace?
  • sdavitosdavito Posts: 70
    The A/C in my 2000 Trooper absolutely sucks. The dealers in this area say the most everyone complains about them, but there isn't anything that can be done to help. BTW, I'm in the Tampa area 90° - 95° typical summer day. I couldn't imagine this vehicle in a hotter climate.

    David
  • boxtrooperboxtrooper Posts: 843
    I have a 1995 Trooper-S and the A/C has always gets cold real fast and keeps it that way. I usually use the cold knob all the way blue and the fan on second from lowestsetting. My wife turns the cold knob up about 45 degrees to get the air a little warmer when she drives and she makes me do it sometimes she says the kids will catch a cold if I don't. Maybe the manual transmission not dumping heat to the radiator helps a little, maybe not. Mine works fine.
  • It works great for the front two passengers, but the back is lacking. The a/c is freezing right from the get go too (Phoenix, San Diego is about the hottest I drive in). When I want the air to be warmer I open up the air-intake to be mixed or completley outside if so inclined. I don't like it when it gets stuffy cuz it's on recirculate.

    I don't even have tinted windows on mine, although I would like them (when I get some money).
  • savvas_esavvas_e Posts: 347
    Guys, I have a 2000 model and the a/c is usually ok. This includes spending some time last summer in tropical regions of far north New South Wales and Queensland. Outside daytime temperature rarely fell below 98 deg F (35 deg C)and it regularly got upto 110+ deg F (40+ deg C). I wouldn't say the a/c was great, but it was more than adequate. Climate control has since been released, but as the Trooper has quite a large interior, I would have much preferred to see dual a/c. I know it's available somewhere in the world, because the fuse boxes are labelled for rear a/c and pre-wired for it.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Does your 2000 model have the electric fan in the front? I believe you guys get everything a model year ahead of us. Dual A/C is available as an option in Japan IIRC.

    -mike
  • savvas_esavvas_e Posts: 347
    Hey! You're on at the same time! It's 7:40am Saturday in Sydney.

    Doesn't have the electric fan at the front. We actually get things after the US.
  • is this an option on the 2002 States Trooper?
  • arktrooper1arktrooper1 Posts: 101
    my 2000 S's a/c is ok but not great here in northwest arkansas...my assessment is pretty much like dilectric's...better in front than in back...when i get a few xtra bucks next month, im getting the windows tinted, a windshield band and i think ill put a small Hella turbo fan in back to help circulate the air...speaking of Hella...a couple of weeks ago i had one of my Hella replacement headlight bulbs go out on me...they are not the higher output version that paisan uses, but rather the 45/65 watt...anyway, i didnt want to get a ticket so i went to wal-mart and bought a single "high output" GE replacement, thinking, "there cant be that much difference!...how wrong i was!!...the remaining Hella Optilux bulb has a wider beam, both vertically and horizontally AND is much whiter to boot!...so...next week im going to order another pair (so ill have one spare) from Dan at Susquehanna Motor Sports..."accept no substitutes!":)...Dave

    btw...whats with "heatwave" and his self proclaimed knowledge on Isuzu and Toyota 4WD systems?...i went to the Sequoia board and got so annoyed reading his misinformation that i had to leave!...geeezzzeeee!!!...he should stick to what he knows, GM!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    no dual AC in the NA Troopers. In Japan (check out the options on http://isuzu-suvs.com) you can get things like camping sinks, and all kinds of stuff for troopers!


    Heatwave is usually a standup guy, but I had to smack him into place on the TOD system. :)


    -mike


    PS: It's Ken @ Susquehanna :)

  • arktrooper1arktrooper1 Posts: 101
    ok...lol...i stand corrected!...glad to know that about heatwave, i was worried we might have another "crank" on our hands!....btw...IIRC, when the first bar is lit on the TOD display the torque to the front wheels can be 5 - 15%, when two bars are lit, 15-35%, and all three, 35-50%...seems like there was a lot of discussion on this matter a couple of years ago when a lot of us were buying our Troopers and the above figures stick in my mind...correct me if im wrong (and im sure someone will if i am:))...kind of neat with all of us on at the same time this afternoon isnt it?!...great to have someone in Austrailia in the group too!...btw, sawas_e, thanks for the interesting links! ...Dave
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I thought that it was:

    no lights: 0-15%
    1 bar: 15-30
    2 bar: 30-45
    3 bar: 50-50

    or it could be:
    no lights: 0-5
    1 bar: 5-15
    2 bar: 15-30
    3 bar: 30-50

    -mike
  • ramblinonramblinon Posts: 80
    2001 Limited. Just returned yesterday from a trip from Virginia Beach, VA to Appleton WI. The truck performed flawlessly in the rain when departing and through the snow as reaching the more Northern states. Experienced snow while in WI and heavy snow when departing WI into MI. At the 1760 mile mark and a gas fillup I added 1/4 quart of 5W30. Averaged 19.3 MPG. TOD was engaged for nearly the entire trip due to weather.
    Went with the flow of traffic and 75 to 80 MPH was quite common. Experienced blowing winds and snow and while I could certainly confirm the Trooper is not a low profile vehicle I really had no problems and compensated speed when needed.

    Just me and the wife and full load of luggage and my usual "survival" gear onboard.

    It was a comfortable and very safe feeling trip. The only problem is that the wife now likes the Trooper even more.

    I appreciated the large windshield fluid resivoir as when I added the 1/4 qt of oil I also added nearly a gallon of washer fluid.

    I did not see but a couple of Troopers in the WI and MI areas (on the turnpikes) but Rodeo's were more prevelent. No rattles funny sounds etc.

    I did see several Trailbazers and that dog will have to prove that it can hunt with a Isuzu badge.

    I must simply repeat that I love this truck. Do wish I had heated wipers at one point but that is it. Also, my black Trooper is now almost solid salt white so I have my work cut out for me today.

    Ed

    Ed
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Just finished helping my salesman buddy sell a trooper. Since my dealer is not stocking any 2002 Troopers and doesn't have any in stock, I am now the official test-drive vehicle for him. The couple loved my truck and were suprised at how solid it was after 36K miles! Also they were even more suprised that it was that tight after seeing the on-line video @ http://isuzu-suvs.com last night and came back today to buy one! :)


    -mike

  • ramblinonramblinon Posts: 80
    are in stock in Virginia Beach, VA. Before my trip I saw perhaps 8 of them; 2 were the pearl like white Limited models with a sticker of 37,600. They had the running board bars and the Nachimachi (sp) radio.

    Mike, anyone seeing your video and then experiencing no rattles would have to be impressed. Plus, who wouldn't buy a Trooper from you :).

    Ed
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I think they liked the personal service, we actually had to go to my other buddy's house where he is living with his in-laws who have a 2001 limited, cause they guy had a bad back and wanted to try out the leather seats. Both my buddy and his father in-law bought troopers after driving mine.

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The mgr at the dealer said that the Assender/TB XL/Envoy XL are all being delayed til late fall due to crash safety problems. How nice.

    -mike
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Your dealer actually is willing to arrange for past customers to bring in their Troopers so new buyers have something to test drive? That sounds like a long way to go for new customers. I'm impressed. I take it your dealer doesn't typically have any used Troopers on its lot?
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