1994 Isuzu Trooper 3.1 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Very, very reliable; not the most refined, but for the price: excellent


Reconditioned alternator 2 months into ownership.

Replaced front bumper mounting brackets 6 months into ownership (for first MOT).

One new rear shock absorber (for second MOT).

New steering box (breakers yard unit).

Replaced one n/s CV joint gaiter a couple of months back.

General Comments:

Sometimes the things you buy to tide you over turn out to be the best buy in years.

Before this, it was probably my Volvo S70. After a couple of mishaps with Fords, I bought this Trooper to tide myself over for 6 months until I could afford something better, and never was a better tide-me-over bought.

Parkers have described the Trooper as 'old school manners, on the road' and I'm still trying to understand what this exactly means: it handles like a large vehicle without particularly heavy handling, starts first time and stops (happily, first time too).

One of the reasons I bought it was as a tow car, and what an investment that was; when people say 'the car tows like there's nothing on the back' I think this is about as close as it could be. Up the road, onto the motorway, up to 60 into fifth gear, left arm on the armrest (this is the UK guys) and Bob, as they say, is your uncle.

The interior is hugely dated compared to modern standards, the 'extras' buttons all hidden away out of view in the most non-ergonomic fashion and the rear centre armrest designer was on a huge hangover that day. But the vehicle is a tool for a job, and that job is getting from A to B with the minimum of fuss.

And the reliability of the engine is second to none.

Downside? They rot beautifully underneath, along the chassis rear cross member, around the chassis mounting points and the chassis in general. Main thing to check: chassis, chassis.. oh yeah and the chassis.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2010

1994 Isuzu Trooper SE 3.2 from North America


Love the car, wish they still made it


No major problems other than a little valve noise.

General Comments:

Great car for the price. if you do regular maintenance; oil, plugs, brakes etc... this car will run forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2008

1994 Isuzu Trooper SUV from North America


I love this car


I am the original owner of this 1994 Isuzu Trooper.

Just returned from a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina where we drove on the beach every day. This car preforms very good in the sand... (An snow if we ever get an more in New Jersey where I live).

2 water pumps

Lugs were broken off by mechanic when new brakes were put on at about 70,000 miles

Transmission part was replaced around 140,000

Key entry on Drivers door is broken, have to enter from the passenger side. (170,000 miles when this happened)

Leaks oil. (All my cars have leaked oil)

Only 1 speaker on the radio works since about 70,000 miles. So listening to music is not a good option in this car.

Passenger side window cannot be put down from drivers side panel, so you have to reach over to put the window down... (It will go up).

I hate that the car does not have arm rests, so when I travel long distances I bring 3 pillows to wedge between the driver and passenger seats.

I consider all these issues just a car getting older.

General Comments:

I love this car and plan to run it into the ground hopefully at around 300,000 miles. When I have to say goodbye to this car, I will try to purchase a another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2008

1994 Isuzu Trooper LE V6 from North America


It has it's ups... but I've had nothing but downs. Kinda like life; we have ups and downs


We bought the truck after it was severely damaged in the front and repaired.

We had it about (4 months) and the timing chain tensioner spring broke, so it needed repaired. That was $700.00.

Then the rear right inner wheel bearing; $30.00.

And now the transmission is out and that will cost us $1500.00.

So since we bought it $1500, and I'm starting to think it wasn't worth it.


------ it's sat for 3 years


General Comments:

The truck runs good, And drove great.

The only thing with driving, is when you hit a little dip, and the rear squats, the overload bushings have rotted out so it hits body to frame pretty hard!!! Other than that, it's a great ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2008