1986 Isuzu Trooper II 2.3 from North America


Best Thing to come out of Japan since Godzilla!!


Other from the normal wear and tear items

Alternator at 25000

Starter at 32000

Head Gasket blew at 70000

Seats, Cargo, Door Panels replaced at 100000

A/C compressor died at 120000.

General Comments:

This is the first 4x4 vehicle I bought and it has turned out to be the best ever. It still runs great though the paint job is showing it's age.

If I knew how good this vehicle was going to be I would have bought two back in 1986 and stored one for later use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2006

12th Sep 2006, 18:59

"Best Thing to come out of Japan since Godzilla!!"


17th Sep 2008, 12:21

Obviously the person who made the comment did not understand the metaphor alluding to the fact that the Trooper, while simplistic in design is as tough as the fictional Godzilla when stumping through rough terrain making it virtually unstoppable.

25th Sep 2010, 21:21

The first gen Troopers are tanks. They are ugly, but I love them.

26th Mar 2013, 18:22

UGLY? This is not the first time I've read this comment. Beauty's in the eye of the beholder, but I just bought a 96, and like its looks MUCH more than the usual Jeeplets. It's got 260K miles, is leaking oil like a sieve, but I think I'm in love. Just wish I could find a diesel to swap in when/if the engine gives up.

The interior is still nice, gauges work, etc... and who needs air conditioned (it's been removed, GOOD!). How can a 27 year old rig be this good?

1986 Isuzu Trooper 4 Wheel Drive 2.3 from North America


All around great vehicle


It had the engine replaced in 2002 with a jasper 2.3 liter.

I am replacing the clutch at this time for first time.

A rear pinion seal, two new warn hubs, brakes, and wheel bearings. I have put brush guards on it with a roof rack and ladder on the back with mew 33x10.50 tires and rock crawler rims. And some kc lights.

General Comments:

This car can't go fast; at no means is it a tank though. It goes anywhere I want it to go: fishing, hunting, skiing. It is not comfortable, but the cab light puts off a romantic glow. It is overall the best car I have ever owned. I recommend that everyone should have one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2006

1986 Isuzu Trooper turbo diesel from North America


The best truck, and has stood the test of time and reliability


Nothing has gone wrong with the car ever since I have owned it, other than common mechanics; brakes, belts, water pump, lights etc.

Other everyday use items such as door hinges and door spring devices have been easily replaced, but I change oil and filters after 2000 miles, and grease the fittings.

Seats have worn out, but that's it!!

General Comments:

First and foremost, the Trooper is the most reliable car I have found. It's simple and easy to fix and maintain.

I got the car when I was 17, and still drive it today. In its past it has been in a head on accident, and with a major face lift and a very good paint job, it rides the road again.

The A/C I retro fitted to 134a, and it's ice cold.

The engine, being diesel, is slow, but has a lot of torque to spare, and is very good on mileage, getting 36MPG, and runs very cool.

The cabin is very roomy; I can lay the seat back, and I can stretch my legs to get a rest, and since I am gone for months at a time (Navy), I come back to it and it starts like it was yesterday.

Other than that, parts at times are hard to find.

I will hold on to this car forever, and I will be buried in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2006

1986 Isuzu Trooper 2 LX 2.3 gas from Costa Rica


Pleased, this old trooper runs excellent.


Air condition went out six months after I bought the car.

Wheel bearings front axle replaced.

Front bucket seats recovered.

General Comments:

The four wheel drive function excellent. I have done fifty per cent off road. Never been stuck yet. Hills and mud.

Seats are hard and needed extra cushions.

Minimal power up hills on main roads. Lacks power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd June, 2004