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Isuzu Trooper



  • dnestrdnestr Posts: 188
    Yep, 3 years rubber couldn't be porous, I think now. I didn't find the reason of the smell, just took the truck to a dealer as soon as it was possible. They shown the leak and said it needed the new hose. Speaking frankly I forgot to ask them about the old one.

    Glad it helped.
  • Woke up in Suburban Maryland to 3 degrees Far. a few days ago... of course, it'll be 50 degrees today. Positively balmy.

    My Trooper does not idle well for the first minute or so in 3 degree weather, but I don't figure that to be much of a problem. It smooths out shortly.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    My seats hold the different positions without a problem. The latch assembly must have something wrong with it. I agree that it is probably something you will need a dealer to fix to get right.
  • dnestrdnestr Posts: 188
    If any small gear is broken inside, the worst of it is that usually impossible to purchase such cheap small things separately. As a rule the whole latch assembly is available, because it has its own catalogue number. Unfortunately that is quite another matter of money.
  • pe1227pe1227 Posts: 15
    Hi all,

    Just thought I would post,

    I bought my 98 trooper in Aug and I just wanted to say how impressed I am with how it handles in the snow/ice here in Oregon. I pulled out 1 explorer and 1 blazer that was stuck in the ice with no problem. This is a great truck!
  • dnestrdnestr Posts: 188
    What kind of tires does your Trooper have? In my opinion most of off-road ability depends on tires. 2WD vehicle with winter/muddy tires can trump AWD truck which is without them.
  • pe1227pe1227 Posts: 15
    I have a set of tires that are labeled Wildcats. I bought them from a local dealer up here (Les Schwaab). Just the stock size 24570R16. They worked great in the ice and snow here. I think though that the 4X4 capabilities are more than just the tires although the tires definetely play a large role. With all the features that the truck has, 4low, 4 high, winter mode, it gives the truck an advantage over some other models. IMHO.

  • dnestrdnestr Posts: 188
    I nearly agree. But all that you only just mentioned is nothing in the case of a bad "gasket" between a steering wheel and a driver seat.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    with your Trooper, totalled? If so, did you decide on what your going to replace it with? Just curious.
  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    For a variety of reasons, I am looking for a 2-door Tahoe. The Trooper was about the smallest vehicle I can fit into comfortably, as I am 6'3" and also "long torso". Very few vehicle have adequate headroom...even the Trooper was only do-able without the moonroof.

    And when you throw in a desire for a modicum of off-road ability, the list of possibles becomes very short.
  • bawbcatbawbcat Posts: 118
    I just got back from a holiday in Thailand. I only saw a few Troopers there, but lots of Isuzu D-MAX pickup trucks. Surprisingly to me the most popular type of passenger vehicle there seems to be mid-size pickup trucks, and Isuzu has a very strong position in that market. The D-MAX is a good looking truck, particularly in 4x4 config. I think Isuzu is crazy not to import it to the US. Perhaps GM doesn't want the competition.

    Here's a link for those who haven't seen the D-MAX:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    And you have to love the aftermarket paint jobs on some of those rigs.

    Steve, Host
  • It's very nice looking. Isuzu is cutting it's own throat by not bringing that here.
  • dnestrdnestr Posts: 188
    There's a rumour that not only the pickup truck is there, but also SUV is being made in Thailand on the Dmax base.
  • I think that it is over here, GM is selling it as the mid sized pickup truck. I also think that GM having bought from Isuzu the Duramax engine joint venture in the USA would not allow Isuzu to name its own vehicle DMAX in the USA. The SUV of the DMAX is therefore the Trailblazer, but the Trailblazer has GM parts especially the Opel/Saturn inspired straight six which is two more cylinders on a big 4cyl in the larger Saturn. I wonder if the rest of the driveline in the Trailblazer is the same as the Thai DMAX. I have heard of an all Isuzu version of SUV that could become the 2006 Trooper. GM is in the parts consolidating business big time. The Saturn SUV is from Suzuki aka the Vitara. Saturn will have its badge on the GM minivan soon.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    Isn't it ironic that several pictures on the DMAX website look like they were taken in western portions of the United States? They are going for that image for marketing purposes and then they do not even sell the truck here!
  • beer47beer47 Posts: 185
    Isn't the Isuzu PU the new GM Colorado?
  • Think utility fleets, delivery fleets, and bio-diesel people and practical people looking at the high cost of gasoline and introduce the 30+ mpg pickup truck, at a price below the high power GM gasoline version and this could be big for Isuzu.

    Article from refernce at other end of it:
     Isuzu returns to the US marketplace with a new pickup deveolped together with General Motors.

    The new truck will be marketed around the world under both Isuzu and GM badges. Production begins in 2003 at both Isuzu and GM plants in Thailand and Shreveport, Louisiana.

    The new pickup truck program marks the largest joint effort to date between GM and Isuzu, which is best known for the development of the Durmax diesel engine in the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks. The relationship for this truck involves everything from engineering through sales.

    Isuzu's truck is a twin to the 2004 Chevrolet Colorado.

    Annual production is expected to reach 500,000 units worldwide.
  • dnestrdnestr Posts: 188
    Sorry, I misunderstood a pic in a magazine. I was running over again. It was a Dmax pickup truck with soft/hard top.
  • bstone3bstone3 Posts: 97
    Well my 01 TOD Trooper quit surging while the outside temp was cold (below 35)but when it warmed up last week to above 60 the surging at cold startup started again. They already replaced the FPR and they want me to bring it in Friday and leave it for the day so they can go over the computer codes that have been generated with their corporate maintenance help group, wherever that is - let you know what they find out - the service department at Century Isuzu (Huntsville, Al) is at least being very supportive to diagnose and correct. If any of you remember, when they put in the long bypass line (vs the shorter factory bypass line) the problem went away - hot or cold - hmmm!

    Still think this is the greatest and certainly most pleasurable vehicle we have ever owned - was curious to see from earlier post that Isuzu is coming out with their own pickup - same as Colorado - but different engines - what engine?
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Sounds like the old IMG problem, even though it was supposed to be fixed beyond the 99 model year.
  • I have a 1993 Trooper - automatic transmission. Last week, after having my car out in the cold overnight, it wouldn't start. My initial thoughts were bad battery but on checking that the battery was good I brought it to my service station. They changed the starter and everything was ok. Within one day, I was getting problems with my display lights coming on, on the dash (i.e. battery, fuel,etc). I brought it back in and they checked that there were no loose relays or fuses. It was ok for a couple of days until yesterday when the display lights came on as well as a blinking "check transmission light". When this first happened I was on a highway and didn't notice anything with the tranny. After getting off, I did notice a sluggishness moving from a stop. I brought it in this morning and they changed the alternator. I have 142,000 miles so maybe it's just coincidental that my starter and alternator went bad so close together. I'm wondering though if there is anything they could have done when changing the starter that could have caused a problem with the alternator. These guys have usually been good on all other repair work that they have done for me. Any comments you have would be appreciated.
  • 93Trooper, I my opinion, the alternator going bad can cause voltage related problems and a low battery voltage when not fully charged. Then when starting the starter working very hard draws that battery voltage even lower which results in extra wear on the starter and longer cranking time which heats up the battery cable which accelerates cable and connector corrosion which lowers the voltage even more making the problem worse until something is fianlly done about it.
    The system was not fully checked out or maybe they thought the alternator might not be a problem but these things are often related more than just by the age of the parts. With 142000 miles on it your engine is probably much easier to crank than when new since everything has worn a litte which makes clearances looser. My 1984 could be turned over by two fingers on the flexfan when it had 200000+ miles on it.
    I would also inspect the thick heavy gage battery cable all the way down to the starter and its connectors looking for a leak in the insulation that might have allowed air and water and other stuff into the copper wire area which can eat enough copper away to lower your cranking voltage. If in need of replacement there is probably a generic cable at the auto parts store, use the heaviest gage wire that will fit for lowest voltage drop and quickest cranking.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    My 2002 Trooper LS has two empty speaker grilles in addition to the two occupied ones that are already there. I'm guessing it's the leftovers from the Nakamichi equipment on LTDs.

    I really have no idea about this stuff but has anyone tried (or is it even possible, maybe with a split wire or something) to add two more speakers in the back using the current factory stereo setup? I was going to replace the existing factory speakers with a couple of good quality Polk ones from crutchfield but since they're sooo expensive I wouldn't mind adding them to the setup instead.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Are those air vents and not speaker holes?

    I upgraded to POLK speakers front and rear. I found that upgrading the head unit made a significant improvement with stock speakers...I didn't think the speaker upgrade was as much of a gain.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    I could have sworn I was able to stick some speakers in there.
  • serranoserrano Posts: 107
    It sounds to me like you may also have a bad ground. Loose or missing grounds wires can cause all kinds of unexplained electrical gremlins. Check for loose or unattached wires in the area.

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