1992 Isuzu Trooper Reviews

1992 Isuzu Trooper LS from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo


A beautiful, comfortable way to travel


Did not have very many problems with the Trooper, a wonderful, beautiful, head turning vehicle. A joy to drive, and hauled the kids and their friends everywhere. Even took it hunting a few times.

General Comments:

Probably one of the best vehicles I have ever owned. I wished I could find one in good shape, I would buy it in a minute and restore it to near it's original condition. I drove it to Utah and all over the mountain states. It handled like a dream, and would always get second looks from people. They should go back to that model and body. I would buy one in a heartbeat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2011

1992 Isuzu Trooper LS Single Cam V6 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Single Cam V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carToyota 4Runner


Box on wheels and good for the money you spend


It loses fuel pumps and alternators on a regular basis.

General Comments:

The main reason I'm taking the time to write this is due to the problems I've had with the 60 amp alternator. I lose one every two years and finally found that I needed to install the 75 amp alternator. This fixed my transmission problems!! With the low output of the 60 amp the tranny shifts poorly and switches in to the "winter mode" where the tranny is stuck in 3rd gear. This is no longer a problem with the 75 amp alternator!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2008

1992 Isuzu Trooper Lotus 3.1D Intercooler 3.1 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.1 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance196000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626



General Comments:

In NZ it's called a Bighorn (ex-Japan), and the handling is by Lotus. Does handle well on road for it's size. Haven't been off road enough to comment yet. :-)

Seven seats are good, although the two in the rear are not that easy to get in/out of.

Big comfortable, built like a tank. The 4 wheel ventilated discs stop it very well though.

Factoring in more service (because it's diesel) it's still cheaper to own and run than the 2.0 litre petrol station wagon previously owned.

Very reliable so far, towed a caravan 1200kms in two days a couple of months back and it was superb. Slower on the hills, but masses of torque.

Turning circle not great, so you have to have a couple of goes at tight carparks, but the powersteering makes it a breeze. The Mrs loves it, so do the kids.

Good air-con, electric everything still working.

Overall this feels like a well made vehicle. Solid, quality parts and finish all round. The original paint is still very good. I think we'll drive this one till it stops, then go looking for another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2005

1992 Isuzu Trooper LS 3.2 24v DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.2 24v DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles


This 1992 turns heads and makes people think it's a 2000 model.


Transmission kicks and goes into neutral on left turns or when gas is let off and then pushed again.

Bumpy on turns because of transmission.

Needed new starter at 100,000 miles.

Engine gasket leak at 125,000 miles.

Tires run out of tread fast.

General Comments:

This SUV has the coolest sounding engine, you can't even compare the solid sound of this engine with any other SUV.

0-60 in the upper 8s.

ABS is flawless.

Max torque can be felt at low Rpms.

Can tow boats like a truck.

The huge sunnroof is relaxing and a huge luxury.

Sub woofers sound awesome in this car because it is solid and has flaps for it in the back.

Looks great with rims.

Chrome lining and side mirrors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2004

19th Feb 2005, 08:52

My trooper has over 300,000 km and is absolutely the best truck/SUV I have owned. Solid as a rock.

Premature rusting is the only concern.

1992 Isuzu Trooper S 2.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired149000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Pickup


A Big Tough SUV for the dollars


It had a lot wrong with it when I bought it. The transmission was not shifting out of high gear. That has been fixed by the seller since it was not disclosed when I bought it (Ebay auction). It ended up being the ignition had a short which was affecting the electronic shifting. The sun visor has fallen apart. That is weird. The shocks went bad, but that will happen on any vehicle. The tachometer "jumps" even though it runs well. Sometimes when it starts it takes a lot of turning over before it will start. The power steering hose has a leak. The AC does not blow really cold in this hot Texas heat. The radio (factory) is a piece of trash and it barely is alive, with only one speaker still working. The back door (5th) squeaks like crazy on a dirt road or any bumpy road. The CV boots wore out, as they will on any high mileage vehicle. The door locks work less than perfect. The center small hub cap fell off the rear wheel. There is a small tear on the drivers side seat. I do not know the history of repairs before I bought it as I got it on Ebay from a wholesaler. The wholesaler bought it from a Dallas area dealership that was someone else's trade in.

General Comments:

I bought the Troop to sell Real Estate in. I work Real Estate and insurance in a rural Texas small town. We mostly show land so I needed a 4-wheel drive vehicle to carry customers over the land. We often cross pastures, drive through running creeks, and through mud, dust dirt, sand, high grass, bramble, brush, over small trees, up and down gullies and hills and more. I love my Trooper for its off road performance. I did get stuck once in the back forty and a tractor had to come pull me out. I had customers with me too, bummer.

I love the ROOMINESS of the vehicle. There is LOTS of room inside. It is cavernous. I know there are bigger SUVs, but for $3200.00 you will not find one. I do not like the gas mileage. It gets 15-18 miles per gallon. I wish I had gotten a standard transmission because that it what I am used to driving and I do not always agree with its shift points. Small complaint, though.

The only large complaint is I do believe it is underpowered on midrange driving. The v6 3.2 liter is plenty powerful in the low range and it has loads of torque and pull. But lets face it, the vehicle weighs about 4,500 pounds and it is 190 horse power. 190 HP is a lot if it weighed 2500-3000 pounds. An example is when I am driving on a very hilly road, it tends to slow down a lot before cresting the hill. Also, you really have to "floor board" it to pass someone. I believe the newer Troopers bumped up the power to around 250 HP and I would hazard a guess they have the midrange power problem licked at that HP.

The Trooper rides well over bumps and rough terrain. It seems very solid. A great off road performer. I have noticed (and I like it) that the Trooper is built more like a tough truck. It sits high off the ground; 8.5 inches I believe. My parents have an Expedition, and my Grandmother and Explorer. I like my Trooper better than either. The Explorer feels TINY compared to the Trooper. The Expedition is bigger, but it seems like it would be prissy about going where my Trooper goes. The Expedition is more of a big people mover than a true off road machine.

In summary, not the fastest, not the most refined, not the best transmission, but definitely SOLID, definitely ready to leave pavement ANY TIME ANYWHERE. The used Trooper is a good value, especially to someone who wants to really use it off road. I realize you can buy a way nicer SUV like a Land Rover, or Toyota, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche Cayenne, Tahoe, etc. However, You need a lot more money to get into one of those. I am not disappointed in the least.

I would recommend buying one. I would not recommend buying one without driving it first like I did. Do not be foolish and just drive it around the block. When you test drive it, take the seller with you. Then you need to drive it on the highway, drive it off road, put it in 4-wheel drive, really EXPERIENCE it before you slap down the green backs. That is my two cents.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2003

1992 Isuzu Trooper 3 door 2.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.8 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 216


A solid, reliable 4WD vehicle


Nothing, I work this car quite hard, towing in 4WD regularly. It has yet to let me down.

General Comments:

This car can be a real workhorse if required. Very reliable and reasonable fuel economy (30mpg ish).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2000

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 6 reviews