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Isuzu Trooper

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    As my buddy says "The moonroof for the Husky Man!"

    -mike
  • seanreidseanreid Posts: 152
    I suppose it's time to put the 1998 RAV-4L up for sale and go a Trooper huntin'. I'm inclined to just get one and see how it goes. All the time I was driving it yesterday, I kept saying to myself "What a cool truck...".

    And that sunroof....heck, a year ago I even thought about getting a Jeep Wrangler (which is not in the running) just to have a 4WD convertible. A massive sunroof is a good substitute.

    Cheers,

    Sean
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Drive a Trooper for a week, and you'll never drive anything else. I think that is pretty accurite. I know I'm hooked.

    -mike
  • I have been a Trooper man since 1986!!! We bought our first Trooper in 86 and then traded it in for an Amigo when we hit 120,000 miles. I had the Amigo until 1994 and traded it in for a Trooper. The Amigo had 106,000 miles on it and I traded it in because it had been broken into three times (damn soft tops). The 94 Trooper was an incredible vehicle. It went everywhere and anywhere. I sold the 94 for a 2000 S model in 2000. The 94 Trooper had 165,000 miles on it and still ran like it did the day I picked it up. Hell I thought I was going to cry when I sold it. I have almost 50K on the 2000 Trooper now and once again the vehicle continues to impress me.

    Go with the Trooper. You definately won't regret it!!!
  • beer47beer47 Posts: 185
    Paisan,

    What brand/model of shock would you reccommend for someone who does NYC/Philly driving with alot of interstate thrown in? I do not off-road but I do pile up the miles.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    as paisan says, you can probably find a 2000 Trooper for those $$. However, it likely won't have the moonroof. If you want a loaded Limited model, you could probably find a 98 or 99 with fairly low miles for $15k.

    Personally, the improvements in the 2000+ Troopers aren't extremely important to me, so I'd say anything from '98 and up would be fine.

    Beware that factory moonroof-equipped Troopers don't grow on trees. My sense is that Isuzu sells far more base S models than LS (aka Performance Package in earlier editions) or Limited (aka Luxury Package) models, and the factory moonroof isn't available on the plain S models.

    For a 3rd row seat, try www.littlepassengerseats.com. This is a more readily available, though less functional, alternative to the non-U.S. factory third row seat.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    There was an article in the WSJ today about the european community possibly barring bull bars. You never know...if it crosses the atlantic you may be out...better hurry :-)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    ARB: This isn't the socialist states of Europe! Hee hee, they'd have an easier time hiking taxes than elminating bars, everyone has em here right down to the senators! :)

    3rd row for Sean: He needs to carry luggage and just needs the 3rd row to run workers to dinner/hotel etc. So my guess is that he'd really want the fold-up OEM ones. I really need to look into this deeper and see if we can procure some from outside the US.

    shocks for Beer: I live in NYC and love my Rancho 9000s. I feel they are well worth it even if you don't off-road. 99% of my driving is on-road and I keep them dialed in @ 4 in the front and 3 in the rear out of 5+ settings. When my dad drives it I crank it down to about 3f 2r and this gives it a nice smooth ride. For towing I do 4/5+ and offroading 5+/5+ If it was going to be 100% on-road I'd probably go for the very expensive Bilstiens but not sure if they are worth the extra $$$$. The Ranchos are buy 3 get one free right now I think.

    -mike
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    It's nice to know that NBC and GM have kissed and made up after the NBC fireworks display. I guess this means I can finally end my boycott of NBC.

    Can anyone tell me if Huntley and Brinkley are still together? ;-)

    tidester
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  • gtroopgtroop Posts: 85
    I have found a place in Australia that can sell me everything for AU$770 plus shipping. Catch is I need someone on the ground there to do the foot work and the shipping...
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    That is cheap! Does it include the mounting brackets and floor bracket?

    -mike
  • cknottcknott Posts: 61
    I have been investigating third seats lately. Outside of potentially getting the OEM 3rd seat, www.littlepassengerseats.com does have a double folding 3rd seat with shoulder belts for $850 delivered. The seat folds against the 2nd row seat when cargo capacity is needed. This is possibly a better alternative than the OEM, because this seat can also be completely removed in less than a minute. They sent me fabric samples which appeared to be reasonably close to my factory cloth.

    Can anyone vouch for littlepassengerseat products? Has anyone purchased from them?

    If we could get a mass buy going, I would coordinate the activities and see if we could get the price down. Throw some input in and let me know.

    Chad
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I would be interested for sure. Last time I looked at their site it did not have that option! Cool beans. I'll have to visit this afternoon and see what they look like. Someone on here has their seats and said they were great.

    -mike
  • seanreidseanreid Posts: 152
    Well now, that news about the fold-n-store third row seat is great. I had looked into the little passengers seat for the 4Runner but the design didn't work well for me. When the Trooper is being used as a chase vehicle it needs to haul luggage during the day and people in the evening. That's why the Landcruiser style seats in the Trooper seemed perfect but this new design from little passengers would work great. With the Suburban, we used to fold the third row seat and tip it into the passenger foot well which held it up against the 2nd row seat backs.

    That said, I'm interested in getting the real deal if the Australia plan can work out. Any Aussies on this list? There were a bunch on the LC list.

    These forums are too much fun, how does anybody get any work done?

    sean
  • seanreidseanreid Posts: 152
    I think I need to get a Trooper first to put them in.
  • Hi,
    I have a 99 Trooper and can not insert any cd's
    into the the In-Dash changer. Has anyone else experinced this problem?
  • zutrooperzutrooper Posts: 66
    FYI, 4wheelparts.com has rancho 9000s on buy3 get 1 free plus free shipping. You can get a s set for $225 delivered!
  • gtroopgtroop Posts: 85
    The seats alone are AU$660 with the brackets going for AU$110. Shipping?

    That fold up seat for little passengers doesn't have head restraints IIRC, they aren't even optional.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hmm so let's see $770AU + ~$700Aus shipping + 2.5% US Customs should come out to around ~$800. The question is do the seats from aus come with the seat belts? Molding for the seatbelts to go into the D pillar?

    -mike
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