1986 Isuzu Trooper LS 2 door 2.3 gas from North America
Great value and longevity
Oil leak at crank seal.
Broken exhaust pipe at manifold.
I bought my Trooper as a cheap 4X4 to get around in our snowy Spokane winters, and have gotten much more value than I expected.
Every part on this rig is original (except consumables: clutch, water pump, brakes, belts, hoses, wipers, and tires) ; I mean EVERYTHING is original.
I add a quart of oil every week because the front seal leaks at idle and average 19 mpg. I used to get 26 mpg on the highway, but motor has lost a little compression.
Doesn't seem like she'll need her first valve job any time soon... the 2.3 motor is amazingly durable and has a great head gasket.
I love the glossy original paint and the styling of the 2 door model. With fat tires, she reminds me of the old 1960's Broncos.
I make full use of the roomy interior and convenient tumble-down rear seat. The swing-open doors are fine as there are no gas struts to wear out and the glass has a defroster and wiper with washer.
I have owned dozens of vehicles over the years, and the Trooper is the one that has withstood the test of time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2002
25th Oct 2003, 20:05
I have a 1986 trooper with 200000 miles. I bought it 4 years ago, with 160000. nothing has broken. its still perfect. the most reliable car I ever owned. i even take it out to the dessert and am still amazed by where I can go off road. its not a pretty car, but especially for an out doors man its perfect if you don't have much cash to spend.
1st Dec 2003, 09:35
I have an 1986 Trooper 2 LS that I bought a year ago. All the trucks that I have ever owned the trooper has taken me through some of the most rough off-road experiences that I have ever seen. The Troopers in my opinion are the best 4x4s on the market.