Isuzu Trooper Review from Australia and New Zealand

1992 Isuzu Trooper Lotus 3.1D Intercooler 3.1 turbo diesel

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.1 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance196000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

In NZ it's called a Bighorn (ex-Japan), and the handling is by Lotus. Does handle well on road for it's size. Haven't been off road enough to comment yet. :-)

Seven seats are good, although the two in the rear are not that easy to get in/out of.

Big comfortable, built like a tank. The 4 wheel ventilated discs stop it very well though.

Factoring in more service (because it's diesel) it's still cheaper to own and run than the 2.0 litre petrol station wagon previously owned.

Very reliable so far, towed a caravan 1200kms in two days a couple of months back and it was superb. Slower on the hills, but masses of torque.

Turning circle not great, so you have to have a couple of goes at tight carparks, but the powersteering makes it a breeze. The Mrs loves it, so do the kids.

Good air-con, electric everything still working.

Overall this feels like a well made vehicle. Solid, quality parts and finish all round. The original paint is still very good. I think we'll drive this one till it stops, then go looking for another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2005

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review