A dependable and well engineered SUV
Power steering pressure hose began to leak at 125,000. $38 for part and about 4 hours of work.
Rear brake caliper rusted and froze up at 125,000. New caliper $70, new rotor $40.
Stripped 1 bolt pan on transmission.
Although timing belt needs replaced at 60,000 miles -- you can save considerable money doing it yourself. It will take about half a day and the belt is under $50. My original belt has 126,000 miles on it and is just beginning to lightly crack - I will replace it shortly. I do not recommend going much over 60,000 miles - if it breaks you will be spending $1,000 or more to fix the damage!
I think the Trooper drives and handles very well.
It has enough power to get the job done and can pull 5500 pounds.
The interior has very light wear for a vehicle with 126,000 miles.
If you take care of your Trooper, drive gently and have regularly scheduled maintenance performed it will last 200,000 miles or more.
I intend to drive this vehicle until the wheels fall off -- then I will put them back on and drive it until the frame give out. I love the vehicle and enjoy driving it!
It's got a GREAT view of the road!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2004