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Isuzu Trooper



  • I'm having a similar problem with my drivers window. The clips had broken sometime last summer, and until recently the window had worked sufficiently with a couple of little metal plates I attached in lieu of the clips.

    I was wondering how well the 'universal' clips you got a hold of held up and if its worth me finding a auto glass place that carries them.

    Thanks for the help!
  • atfdmikeatfdmike Posts: 414
    Not sure what clips you refer to, but on ebay if yousearch under isuzu window or similar, there is a vendor that has the plastic clips that attach by way of adhesive tape to the window. I don't think they are OEM, but they are the only ones I have seen. I made my own out of pieces of nylon block, but that was a PITA! These are not cheap, but you cannot get new clips unless you buy the entire window! HTH
  • ceballceball Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 Isuzu Trooper with 3.5L engine. It has a 2002 engine with 109,000 miles on the engine and 199,000 miles on the body. The engine was running fine until I had the timing belt and water pump replaced. It now runs rough with no power. I removed the NGK plugs for the driver's side of the engine and they looked fine and clean. However when I removed a plug from the first & second cylinders on the passenger side, the ends of both plugs were black with soot and looked like they never fired. I started the engine and removed a coil pack from the driver's side of the engine and there was a noticeable difference (the number of cylinders operating was reduced) , however when I remove a coil pack from the passenger side, there was no change in the engine.
    Has anyone experience anything like this?
  • Hopefully i uploaded it correctly, and is, i believe on my profile bit...Isuzu irmscher 2.8 Di turbo (trooper)..probably the most fun vehicle i have ever owned....the cherokee lse has remained in the garage since i rejuvenated my old faithful...thanks for all the advice folks! :shades:
  • isu2isu2 Posts: 8
    i have a 2001 Trooper, 3.5 4wd. While sevicing the transmission, i noticed a large round metal weight about 7 inches in diameter on one of the crossbeams under the car. it does not appear to serve any purpose and is not in the service manual. any idea what it is for. bolted to the cross beam on passenger (right) side, it is not for a coil spring nor have any wires attached.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Well, the thumbnail works fine but the main photo isn't loading right. Maybe you could try uploading it again (unless others can see it ok and it's just me?).
  • atfdmikeatfdmike Posts: 414
    Nope, thumbnail works, but album size does not. Still, it is obviously a nice ride!
  • I feel like I'm the newbie at the Troopers Anonymous meeting..."I'm Redshanks and I bought a 1995 Trooper".

    I currently have a 2000 Ford F-150 Supercab Longbed 4x2 that has major issues with it's ABS module under the hood- it keeps running with off. And until I can get it fixed, it's not a viable form of transportation. Besides, my wife hates it as I never took her to look at vehicles when I bought it- and as she's in a wheelchair, she cannot get into it easily. As well as it being a gashog.

    So, being unemployed (except for a 24 hours/week part-time gig) sucks. I was able to acquire this vehicle for $1800 cash.

    V6, 5 speed, A/C, AM/FM/Cassette, manual windows, fairly new Michelin SUV tires- 175xxx miles and straight body! Only a few minor paint dings on the nose of the hood and a crack in the windshield that's not very noticable. Interior upholstery is a bit dusty and needs cleaning, but no rips, tears or damage! Both airbags intact and never used.

    It rides nice, shifts smartly (in spite of my not driving a stick in 25 years!) and only had a few cobwebs- seems it was donated to the Salavtion Army, and the dealer got it there. And based on the numerous positive reviews on the Trooper on and other sites, I felt it would be a good choice- as the passenger seat is basically the same height as my father-in-law's 93 Ford POS Explorer that my wife CAN get into- but with better leg room in the Trooper. And easy to load her wheelchair or her powerchair in the back!

    The only mechanical issue is a leak in the power steering pressue switch- one inspector failed it, another didn't as he considered it a non-issue. (Put some Lucas StopLeak PS fluid in it...)

    I know it does not get the greatest gas mileage, but so far on the first tank, it's about 15 - far better than the 12 the F150 gets.

    I have posted pics in Redshank's album.
  • serranotserranot Posts: 113
    Obviously, the timing belt is improperly installed. Whoever did it needs to take it apart and redo it correctly. I did it myself and it's not easy, but thiere is a procedure to do it correctly on one of the other Isuzu sites.

  • 4whldave4whldave Posts: 3
    I recently bought an 84' Trooper for a steal $1000. It ran perfect when I bought it but started running rough and missing after a month of having it. It has the G200 1.9L motor. It acts as if it is starving for fuel and missing badly. No power at all. Here is the list of things that I have done. Ignition, plugs, wires, cap, rotor, coil, fuel filter and messed with various vacuum lines that were not on. Plugs look as if it is running lean (white and powder look). I am lost and getting aggrivated quickly, any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • 4whldave4whldave Posts: 3
    I am having idling and drivability problems with my 1984 Trooper. It acts like a miss but it runs rough and has great power loss. At an idle it will die. any ideas? I have replaced the following..........Plugs, wires, rotor, cap, coil, fuel filter many different vacuum lines.
  • bsmart2bsmart2 Posts: 15
    The universal clip worked perfectly!! Its still working today. There is a special glue that the clip supplier provided along with the clip. No problems since i put in on a couple of years ago. You will be glad you spent the money to fix it!!
  • 90,000 miles engine light stays on and blinks when I accelerate. When I let off say at a red light it stalls/idles really rough. sometimes it runs good but usually after 5 minutes or so this starts happening. had all four o2 sensors replaced and everything from spark plugs and wires to the coil checked and nothing was found. Took it another place for a pin-out test which had no findings and the mechanic thinks the camshaft gear is loose and said that there are similar issues with these trucks? Could this be the issue?
  • atfdmikeatfdmike Posts: 414
    Well, I am no expert, and I am assuming you have a 3.5L trooper, which is the same basic design as the troopers from 93 up, with some minor changes along the way. Any mechanic that tells you "camshaft gear" has no idea what he is telling you. There are several "gears" in the cam timing mechanism and your problem sounds electrical to me. That said, I think there is a "camshaft sensor" on your truck that is electrical, but I can't say that it is at fault. A true Pin out test using the isuzu factory manual would allow a good mechanic to check sensors to make sure they are in "range". I would absolutely get the codes read in your ecm, and write them down and go to a mechanic that has some familiarity with Isuzus and electrical troubleshooting. HTH One guys opinion.
  • budermbuderm Posts: 9
    I had this problem too when I bought my 2000 Trooper from someone.

    I think it is one of two things (just dont know which one)

    I gave it a tune-up.. my problem were the spark plugs - i ordered some fancy ones, and realized that I had to get the special ones for the trooper since of the ION-sensoring item. no clue, but that helped it. Make sure you have the right spark plugs, and not the ones that should be ok... NGK something were the ones I got.

    Also, Check the intake manifold for leaks. I had one, and it caused some issues too..

    One of those two above cases is a problem that seems like you could be having.. i just really dont know which one it is.. checking for leaks is easy..
  • 4whldave4whldave Posts: 3
    Ok here is an update. Truck is running perfect in the mornings now. It had many different vacuum leaks. Problem now is in the afternoon temps rising and sun out more it will miss in the afternoon only! totally confused with this one though. I have tried a few tuning things (timing, fuel mixture, idle) none of which have helped this afternoon problem. It does sound as if the lifters/valves are ticking more then usual if that makes sense? I heard these motors need constant valve gap checks and adjustments. Could this be the problem?

    Thanks in advance
  • badisuzubadisuzu Posts: 4
    I found this link. Just FYI I figured what the heck and filled out the form. Please pass this along to anyone you know who had an engine failure
  • moxconmoxcon Posts: 2
    hey Sean, if you're still around i have ???'s are you sure there is no factory crossover. i hate to tear my doors apart .i replaced both 6.5's and pillar tweeters with polk components now at higher volume the speakers cut in and out .any suggestions?
  • wuchiwuchi Posts: 1

    I have a 1999 Isuzu Trooper at around 113,000 miles. The car is starting to sway (rock back and forth) more when I go over bumps. It's not 'catching' as much/rocks side-to-side. It's not really dramatic, but just enough to make you a little car sick.

    Recent car goings-on:
    -- Replaced shocks (original equipment) yesterday to see if this would help it. Didn't seem to help much. Put on the Mountain Ryder Gas shocks at Les Schwab.
    -- Have newer tires (about 2 years old), all-weather -- wear pattern seems ok.
    -- Recently had starter replaced twice, 1st one didn't work out. About a month after this I noticed the sway more. Don't know if something got banged-up in the front end when the dealer was working on it.
    -- Left rear axil seal leak last fall (hub bearing and seal)

    Any suggestions on what to look at/replace?

    Also, if you know of any suggestions for a car this age to get the road/air-flow noise down some. Should I replace the rubber lining on the doors?

    Thanks ahead for any suggestions.
  • bsmart2bsmart2 Posts: 15
    It has to be an issue with the suspension. The new shocks must have a problem. Are the mounted properly, with the right amount of torque? Were they properly sized for the Trooper?

    To replace that starter requires a undercarriage cross-member to be removed and the exhaust pipe to be dropped. Did the repairman put everything back together properly? Is the cross-member loose?
  • wlbrown9wlbrown9 Posts: 867
    I replaced my starter last year. I had to drop that cross member but not the exhaust pipe, '00 Trooper. Of course the exhaust would not affect the stability while the cross member might.

    One other thought, how about the sway bars? If the end of one is loose or broken (had that happen on a Quest van years ago) that could cause the problem.
  • matausmataus Posts: 43
    I hope someone can help. I am looking to replace my 2.8 liter engine with another that has more power. The high end on the 2.8 liter really sucks. On the other hand, the low end is awesome! Especially in 4 wheel! I'll take my Trooper up against any Jeep! At any time!

    I've heard from a few people that there is a Chevy engine that will line up with my tranny. Something in the area of a Chevy 3.1 liter v6. I don't know the specific engine or the year, but if there is something out there that would have more power. it would be great! My 90 Trooper is in excellent condition! I just need a more powerful engine.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated...

    Maddy :confuse:
  • matausmataus Posts: 43
    Just wondering if anyone out there would know of a more powerful engine that could replace my 1990 ISUZU TROOPER 4X4 MANUAL 5 SPEED WITH A 2.8 LITER V6.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated...

    Maddy :confuse:
  • mpelmpel Posts: 23
    Should I be concerned that my '99 Trooper's engine gets warm - temp gauge needle right in the middle - in under a mile, literally in a few minutes??!! It never goes PAST the middle on the gauge - but sometimes it just "smells hot" if you know what I mean - not a burning oil smell or anything alarming...just "hot".

    Had a mech say, "if its not going past middle of gauge not to worry about it...if anything, its god that the engine warms up alot quicker than other cars."
  • egyptgerryegyptgerry Posts: 22
    Hi there,I have 2 3.1turbo diesel Troopers and yes they do run Hot,Dont worry as the mechanic said as long as the gauge is in the middle then everything is ok,Also you say that it smells hot,Strange you should say that but 1 of my troopers was the same but then i realise that it was the tyres as i have on that 1 a set of goodrich semi on/off road tyres and the get hot and do smell a little,the track is 100% it is just they smell when i park up,Regards Gerry in the Uk
  • I think my car is stuck in 4 wheel drive. I got in the car today and the Torque on demand rear wheels are lit up green, I have no idea how this happened or how to fix it.
  • green11green11 Posts: 22
    Just sent my 1999 loaded trooper to the grave yard. It was in great condition but I got 4500 cash for clunkers towards my wifes new car. Only 113k miles and well maintained. Fairly new expensive tires, new brakes and all options worked.

    I was planning to keep it as a third vehicle before the rebate program.

    I can not belive it is going to "die" with so much life left, and I can not believe I was so attached to it. I have imagined the government keeping the best "clunkers" for government use so it can live on.

    I have owned many cars. None more relaible than the trooper that I owned for about 6 years.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    They'll take everything out of it except for the thirsty drivetrain (which in itself is a ticking bomb - no pun intended) - It will live on as a donor car :)

    I'm keeping my 2002 - I can't believe it's worth ~$4500 on paper though... Even 2000 Rodeos have a higher trade-in value for some reason.
  • green11green11 Posts: 22
    Thanks for the kind words.

    I never believe in trade in values anyways on older cars not in demand. You will get more from an individual but I hate the hassle of selling, that is why I was prepared to just drive out the car before the clunker program. You may even get offered shockingly less than you think that if you actually trade in at a dealer.

    I now have a crossover SUV and a car. Thought I was ready for the change, but I miss the "truck". I am sure I will adjust or get something more truck like next, whenever that is.
  • bsmart2bsmart2 Posts: 15
    Rear wheels lit up green on TOD display is NORMAL. It should have been on anytime the ignition is on.
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