2002 Isuzu Trooper Reviews - Page 3 of 3

2002 Isuzu Trooper 3.5L 3.5 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.5 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

A great car for the money, if you are not tall, and don't mind the noise

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this vehicle.

General Comments:

This vehicle has plenty of power for everyday driving, but not so much to overwhelm the women whom these vehicles are clearly designed for.

The overall performance of this car is great.

One of 2 complaints I have is with the comfort level. As stated above, this vehicle is designed for soccer moms. I'm 6'-2", and I can't drive it for very long without feeling extremely cramped. The other downside is the unbelievable road noise. The wind noise at the front windows is comparable to a typhoon. The noise from the tires does not help at all.

The fuel economy is what you might expect from a vehicle this size when paired with the strong engine. On a day to day basis, we see 15-17 mpg, with 80% of that being highway driving. The very most we have ever seen is 20. That was achieved on a long trip, where there was nothing, but highway driving from fill to fill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2004

2002 Isuzu Trooper S from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Summary:

Gets the job done in style

Faults:

Alignment was off center when I bought it. Dealer repaired the next day.

General Comments:

The Trooper has proved to be completely dependable, comfortable, and a pleasure to drive. It has comfortable, high seats, plenty of storage, and enough power for everyday driving. The Trooper is designed to be a family hauler, and it does a great job.

The gas mileage isn't the greatest, but our Trooper gets pretty close to the mpg that was on the sticker. Usually we average about 20 mpg.

We were attracted by the huge rebate of $4500, and the 10 year, 100k miles warranty. It looks and feels more expensive than it was. A great deal!

One thing that puzzles us are the armrests. They aren't exactly in the best position for a tall person.

This is our first Japanese vehicle. After years of driving cars that fall apart the day they are driven out of the dealer, it feels great to know we have a vehicle that will start up every day and provide years of service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2004

29th Jun 2008, 13:10

I've heard that Isuzu is pulling out of the US market, except for commercial sales of big trucks and vans. What are Isuzu owners going to do for parts? The Trooper, from what I know, is generally a very well-built and dependable vehicle, but parts are needed now and then even on the best of cars.

2002 Isuzu Trooper LS 3.5L from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.5L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance18930 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

A Best Buy

Faults:

There has been an annoying dash rattle from the passenger side by the windshield. Also the drivers side door hinge had to be repaired. Both were fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

The Trooper has been absolutely wonderful. It seems to be very well built, and feels like a high quality Japanese import car. The engine provides plenty of horsepower and torque, and delivers about expected gas mileage. The styling is clean and conservative, but still looks rugged enough to take off road. The TOD four wheel drive system is amazing, I have yet to find a spot that I can't get to, and it absolutely loves the snow. I have had my Trooper off road about as often as I can, and it has never let me down. I also like the high commanding driving position, and the roomy interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 11 reviews