An amazing SUV for the price
Anyone considering purchasing one of these trucks needs to beware that they typically need a timing chain replacement at around 120000 miles. I have had a 1989 and a 1990 Trooper, both with the 2.8V6. The 89 had a manual trans and the 90 had a automatic. Both of which had the timing chain go out on me at around 130000 miles.
I would probably be still driving the 1989 if someone hadn't hit me and totaled it. I got rid of the 1990 when the transmission started giving me trouble. The trans got to where it would only shift manually (by me starting the truck out in low and shifting to D1 and D2). It was going to cost too much to have a transmission put in it.
Realistically, I probably should have kept the thing and had it fixed, since the timing chain had already been replaced. Having the trans rebuilt would have likely been the only other major problem I could have had.
As mentioned, I have had two of these older Troopers, and I also had a 2001 Trooper.
I absolutely love these trucks. They suit me well, the 4x4 works and works. They are roomy (I'm 6'4" 300+lb), and I have no problems being cramped.
I'm currently considering buying a mid-late 1990's model again.
You won't find a better used SUV, just be sure to get a service record from the previous owner.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th November, 2010