1990 Isuzu Trooper Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1990 Isuzu Trooper 4 cylinder gas from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder gas Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

It's a great truck and does exactly what it's supposed to do

Faults:

Head gasket went at 192,000 miles

Rust problems started around 200,000 miles

Hard brake line required replacement at 219,000 miles

Drivers seat frame required re-welding at 180,000 miles.

General Comments:

For the type of vehicle it is it's a great truck. It's not a car, does not ride like a car nor does it handle like a car, but I've owned trucks most of my life.

It gets 20MPG under most conditions.

The A/C still works after all these years, as does everything else, in spite of the abuse I've heaped on it running it both on and off road.

If it were not for the rust problems that started to reveal themselves of late I'd consider keeping it for another 10 years!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2005

1990 Isuzu Trooper 4x4 2.8L V6 from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carGeo Storm

Summary:

Very Strong runner and reliable

Faults:

Noisy Exhaust needs gasket at engine replaced regularly.

Leak in fuel tank on seam. (Was difficult to find affordable replacment)

General Comments:

For an older vehicle it has many amenities that were not standard in American cars until years later.

Well thought out design.

Very Strong runner and reliable.

Gas mileage is low (12-16mpg) for a small vehicle with a decent size engine 2.8l V6 in it.

Extremely sluggish acceleration for a v6.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2004

1990 Isuzu Trooper Big Horn 2.8 TDI from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 TDI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 kilometres
Most recent distance136000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 309

Summary:

Not the fastest of beasts in the world

Faults:

I had to replace both front disks in the first month of ownership.

Slight oil leak from around the turbo diaphragm.

Return pipe from auto gearbox fluid split and I lost the lot on my drive. Replaced all 4 tires and that made a big handling difference.

General Comments:

My model is a Japanese import known as a Big Horn, plenty of height and luggage space in the rear, does accelerate well for a long wheelbase 4x4 and is very comfortable. Lotus has set up the suspension which makes for good handling. Lotus trim and steering wheel too. Insurance though is a killer and I had to have a Thatch am cat 2 immobilizer fitted before I could get insured.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2002

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews