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Isuzu Trooper



  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    That display with the clock is new for 02. So I doubt there is the required wiring harness in the pre 02 vehicles for it since it wasn't an option before that. The overhead multimeter thing though was an option since 98 so it should be pre-wired.

  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    Did you have any audible warning that the rear brakes needed replacement (other than the rotors grinding)?

    On my old Pathfinder the front brakes went 142K miles, the rears were still original when I sold it at 167K. And my driving is not particularly heavy on highway miles, either.
  • savvas_esavvas_e Posts: 347

    I might have found somewhere that is interested in sending over third row seat kits to the US. (Subject to stock availability).

    They are currently working out the logistics of it all, and will let me know a kit price in the next few days.

    I'll update this forum when I get response from them. However, as solicitation is not allowed here we may need to use Mike's board for the details.

    - Savvas
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Get me the details and I'll post em up for yah. I'm fairly interested myself.

  • n5twbn5twb Posts: 7
    It was as you described -- just rotor grind noise, no other audible warning that I ever heard. The part that caused me concern was I had just returned from driving through a very hilly part of northwest Arkansas with a group of Boy Scouts in the vehicle. I did take a lesson from that: serious inspection before a big trip...don't [non-permissible content removed]-ume anything.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I often get noise after a long day of beach driving. Just sand in the works. Not ideal, but it happens. It goes away usually after the first few hard stops.
  • breakorbreakor Posts: 398
    Improperly tightened lug nuts can easily cause this problem. It could be that those of you with this issue could of had it caused by an inept mechanic.

    FWIW, I don't let anyone near my vehicle with an impact wrench, at least when reinstalling the nuts.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Mine was just worn out rear pads. On one side the pad was gone down to the metal, on the other side it was very close.

    I do get rocks from off-roading every once in a while, but this grinding was different.

  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    So apparently there are no wear warning indicators on the rear brakes...good to know. Definitely going to keep an eye on those rear brakes from now on.

    BTW last night I saw an egroups post from Sam Jelinek (Isuzu dealer mechanic who posts on a couple of boards) regarding brakes, he said they are seeing the rears go first on Troopers, just like we were noting recently.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I figured they would go first as my Rodeo also went first in the rear. Three is a wear indicator on the inner pads, but on mine the outter pad wore first! :( Keep an eye on em at about 50K-60K. Mine went at 40K but I'm especially harsh on my vehicles...

  • bawbcatbawbcat Posts: 118
    I got some info from the St. Charles Isuzu parts dept. The "trip computer" from the 2002 LS costs about $215, and they doubt that prior years are pre-wired for it. The multimeter costs almost $500. It looks like the only reasonable solution for an add-on external temp display is to go with a generic aftermarket unit. I'll be looking around to see what I can find. If anyone else is aware of something that fits on the Trooper dash without looking too ugly, please post.

    I also checked with St. Charles about the factory fog lights, and they aint cheap. The switch alone costs $50, the relay is $23, and the lights are almost $200. I'd appreciate any suggestions for aftermarket fog light kits. I would like for the switch to fit one of the standard holes in the dash and for the lights to fit the standard holes in the front bumper.

    The last thing I'll be looking for when I get my Trooper is a OEM-style roof rack. I don't need a big strong expedition rack, just something that can carry long items or luggage occasionally, like most factory roof racks. I would like something that bolts into the factory anchor points so that it is aerodynamic and doesn't look like aftermarket. Any suggestions?

    Oh yeah, and in case you're wondering the reason for all these questions, I did purchase the 98 Trooper that I mentioned a while back. Now I just have to wait for it to be shipped. Yippee.

  • elopez99elopez99 Posts: 11
    Hey everyone,

    After a long search, finally purchased the exact used trooper i've been looking for. 99 S TOD loaded, strange cause it says performance package on the back but inside there's leather, wood trim, folding mirrors, multimeter, power seats, sunroof etc. Basically a used LTD for $15,200. It has 46K miles on it which is a little more than I would have hoped but then again it's a trooper!

    That being said, I still have about 14K left on the powertrain warrenty so I'm not too concerned. I'm sure I could have pressed for a lower price but I've been looking a long time and this was the first one that really fit the bill so I went for it.

    Next I get to retire the aging (but very reliable) 1990 TrooperII 150K miles. Hope it goes to a good home. : )

    Look forward to some more adventures in my new trooper!!

    Thanks again for everyone's help and info!


  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Glad to hear that you guys are having a good time with your troopers!

    Eric if you don't mind, can I link you in the gallery on

    As for fogs... I may upgrade to an ECB front bar soon if so I'll have a set of fogs for sale along with a front bumper.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I think we can find on to go into the cigarette pack holder I think!

    I saw some in a truck-stop today but they were cheesy.

  • flyinlowflyinlow Posts: 62
    Anyone who may be considering getting the '02 LS trip 'computer' for its temp gauge: if all you want is temp, and the cost is worth it to you, go for it. However, don't be tempted by the other 'functions' as I find them to be pretty worthless and not worth the effort to program. It's basically a stopwatch that's hard to use. If you're still interested, spend 30 minutes at a dealer playing with one before you waste your money.

    If you just want the outside temp, my advice is to buy a cheap aftermarket unit and hide the display someplace not too obvious.
  • flyinlowflyinlow Posts: 62
    Our dealer, Ted Russell Ford/Isuzu in Knoxville, is running ads for $9000 off new '02 Troops, Rodeos and Axxioms. What's the catch? Hail damage. If you're in the market for a vehicle and don't mind dings, this would be a great way to get a reliable NEW truck cheap. There's no telling how low they might go.

    I'm taking our '02 LS in tomorrow for its first service (aside from me changing oil once already) and will try to get a look at how badly they are damaged. It must be pretty bad.
  • gberrygberry Posts: 21
    I am disappointed by weak headlight lighting of my 00 Trooper and would like to purchase auxillary lighting and switch, preferably used. I do not have a nudge bar, and was wondering if it is possible to augment without one. If anyone is selling, please contact me privately - Thanks in advance
  • bstone3bstone3 Posts: 97
    About that $9000 off for a hail damaged Trooper. When we bought our 2001 TOD LS we got 8000 off and a competing bid from another dealer (via internet) for the about same. If you need dealer names let me know.

    Also, before I decided to add the multipmeter I also looked into installing one of those mirrors that has electronic auto dimming, temp guage and compass - common on GM SUV's. Good looking unit = price installed was $250.00 - dealer was to have a custom shop install it. But I wanted that altimeter - kind of pricey now that I look back on it - but I like the feature.

    Also, the air conditioning unit is going south - lots of gargle and wheezing noises below the passsenger footwell and the air temp coming out of the vents is not so cold - so - off to the shop this week to see what happened.
  • bawbcatbawbcat Posts: 118
    Congrats on your new Trooper. It looks the same on the outside as the one I just bought, and has about the same milage. I really like that color combo: champagne with the black bumper strip along the sides. I think the price you got is pretty reasonable. In 99, you had to get the Performance pkg to get the Luxury pkg, so that explains why yours says that it has the Performance pkg - it has both. I think the Luxury pkg in 99 added leather/power/heated seats, sunroof, wood trim, multimeter, fog lights, CD changer.

    Enjoy your new Trooper! I'm anxiously awaiting delivery of mine.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Well my Troop is now at my place in the adirondacks sitting under my carport/tent thing to protect it from the sap.

    During my vacation in July I plan to install/upgrade:

    o Sway Away Torsion Bars

    o Wash/Claybar/Polish/Compound/Wax

    o Have my side-step/boulder bars from installed

    o Front and Rear Diffy Fluid to 80-140w

    o Tranny drianed and filled.


  • bsmart1bsmart1 Posts: 377
    Just took a look at an 02' S model at the dealer last week and saw they now include the overhead map lights and a card holder. Anyone got a clue if the 01' was pre-wired for that? Those lights in the front are very handy at times, and I really miss having them when traveling at night.

    Oh yeah, I picked up my 99' Performance Package Trooper last week as well. Its pretty solid has 39,000 miles on it. The dealer went through it and changed out all fluids, did a carb. intake cleaning, injector cleaning, new tires all around, and installed a theft deterrent package. I didn't get near the price some of you are quoting though. I a bit GREEN with envy on the deals you seem to have gotten. Good for you though, these are good trucks. I don't thing I'll ever retire my 1988 LS. It's a good everyday truck and has lots of jobs ahead of it. Sadly it's time to say good-by to the 97' that was mortally wounded in the accident a couple weeks ago.

    On a happier note, you guys that ain't driven a 2 wheel drive version of a Trooper with the 3.5L engine, don't know what you're missing. I've driven a couple 4X4 Troopers and they don't compare to the quickness and nimble feel of my 2X4 Trooper. I am continually amazed at the difference! Much like the difference between the 91' and the 96' models in acceleration. NO joke.

    Just got back from 600+ mile mountain biking trip to Tennessee and got an average 19 mpg. Very enjoyable drive!!
    Happy Trooping !!!!!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    That's pretty old. I'd go to 4x4wire before vmag. Vmag had some pretty bad policies in the past and it gets like zero posts.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Not to mention that touting competing forums violates the Member Agreement and doesn't help pay the bills around here.

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  • flyinlowflyinlow Posts: 62
    I looked for the $9000-off hail damaged Troopers, Rodeos etc. tonight when I picked ours up. Didn't see any. What a surprise! They did, however, have "$7500 off" marked on every Trooper windshield. Every one I saw was an S model, some (maybe all) with TOD. I didn't bother to check whether the $7500 was off their inflated "paint protection etc. etc." price or not. Still sounds to me like a person could make a good deal right now on a Trooper.
  • cmunizcmuniz Posts: 604
    I put hella fog lights in the cut outs for the factory fog lights on a '00 Trooper and they did great. Driving lights they same size would also work great if you can't find a nudge bar you like or can afford. The shop did not use the Trooper pre-wiring and they used the switch that comes with the Hellas. It all worked fine and really improved the lights.
  • Are you going to part out the 97 that was totaled?
  • elopez99elopez99 Posts: 11
    Been driving the "new" trooper for a few days now and can't believe the ride. But then again, been driving the 1990 box for 5 years now so anything short of 105 decibels is quiet. I like the color too, as I mentioned earlier in the posts, I was specifically looking for a silver color but isuzu hasn't made one for a long time.

    My 99 has pretty much every option, which is nice because I was on the fence about a new/used trooper. I really wanted the sunroof (LS) but liked the pricing of the S. All the other little toys (heated seats, folding mirrors, leather, sidebars) are great extras and really make the truck.

    The only things that are missing are the rear cargo cover, cargo net, and spare wheel lock key. I've been checking around on ebay motors but nothing yet. Any ideas?

    Hope you enjoy your new trooper when you get it.


  • bawbcatbawbcat Posts: 118
    Mine is also missing the rear cargo cover. The best price I've found so far is $62 from St. Charles Isuzu ( You can also get factory accessories from Isuzu World ( Have fun.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Not a bad price. Mine has been slightly tweeked from about the first month I owned it so I may have to replace it someday.

  • elopez99elopez99 Posts: 11
    Thanks again bawbcat, I'll definitely check it out!
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