1994 Isuzu Trooper S 3.2 SOHC
Rain, shine, Apocalypse, whatever, it will get you from point A to point B no questions asked
Water pump went out after 195,000 miles.
Timing belt tensioner was clicking when we got it; replaced it at about 194,000.
Spark plugs were covered in oil, and the engine would start slowly near the end of my ownership.
0-60 in about a month, but what can you expect from a 3 ton shipping crate on wheels.
Overall, this car was fantastic, and built like a tank. Mine was a forest green 4 door manual that I bought for 1,300 for high school, and it rarely let me down for being such a high mileage car.
The Trooper was fantastic in the winter, and its 4WD autolocking system was great for snow and off-road use. The interior was spartan, but nice at the same time, and my model had an aftermarket stereo, which was nice as I hear the stock ones were terrible. The plastics were solid, and overall the interior felt extremely solid. Same with the exterior as well. Isuzu did a remarkable job putting it together and building it with quality parts. My vehicle had very little rust on the body, but the frame did have some rust, though my mechanic said that was no problem due to the overbuilt nature of the truck.
On road performance is nothing to write home about, and you are not going to win any races in this truck. However, highway traveling was surprisingly comfortable, and I found the seats to be very supportive for longer road trips. I observed an average of about 8 mpg, which makes sense, considering the amount of mileage on the engine and its less than thrilling mpg ratings when new. My Trooper was equipped with the 5 speed manual, which I found wonderful for everyday driving. This also helped on power delivery and driving in difficult terrain and conditions.
Overall, I loved this car and I was sad to have to sell it. Despite that I bought it for 1300, it looked better and was more reliable than cars that kids bought for 10 times as much. Its simplicity was a plus, and I loved its usefulness, as I could haul 4 people, myself and a ridiculous amount of goods comfortably anywhere anytime.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th November, 2011
We had a '93 manual Trooper, and I actually did win a race with it. This punk in a Geo Storm with the loud muffler and mismatched body kit on it thought he was easily going to take me at a light. I totally smoked him. He was beeping and flashing the high beams at me, he was so mad about it... I was laughing about it for a week. It isn't easy, but if you speed shifted, those Troopers would get up and go fairly well for their size. Our next Trooper was a '99, and it was a AT with the larger 3.5 engine.
You are right, they are the best in the snow. We got forced off the road on Christmas Day, but I was mad because the Trooper was just cruising along and there was over a foot of snow on the roads. We got to an exit about three away from where we were going, and the state trooper was waving everyone off of the road. I never felt like we were going to get stuck with that truck. I've not had any SUV since that I felt as confident with.