1989 Isuzu Trooper 2.6L inline 4 from North America
One of the most favorite 4X4s I've ever owned
I bought this Trooper about one year ago. My first Trooper and my second ever Isuzu. Back in the 1990s I did own an Isuzu four wheel drive pick up truck for a few years, which I beat around lots of four wheel drive trails, here in the southwest (US) desert. That truck went anywhere I pointed it. It was ultimately reliable and never broke down or left me in a lurch. So, with that limited experience, I had no reservations about buying this Trooper when I found it.
The engine had been rebuilt about 10,000 miles before I bought it, so it ran excellently. Also the transmission had been completely checked out and serviced and a complete brake job had been done. That was the good.
The not so good? The tires were shot, so I put new tires all around. Both outer front axle boots were ripped and the internals were exposed to the elements. So, I had new outer axle shafts / joints installed. The old radiator was partially blocked and very inefficient, so I had a new radiator put in.
After taking care of those things, the Trooper has run like a sewing machine. Never any issues and, like the pick up I had prior, has gone anywhere I've asked it to. I didn't buy this Trooper to be a hard-core off roader. I have another specialty vehicle for that. I bought the Trooper to be an all around vehicle. To drive around town, to take on road trips and to take off road when I want to. For my purposes, the Trooper has been all I wanted and more. It's well built and capable, and I love it.
The only negative, for me, would be the open differentials, front and rear. But, with proper driving technique, it's never failed to get me where I wanted to go and, more importantly, back home again. I'm 70 years old, and over the past 45 years, I've owned just about every kind of four wheeler you can name, at least the ones that are readily available in the USA, and this Trooper ranks right up there in the top 3 or 4 best.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th October, 2018