8th May 2003, 23:30

Definitely a Lemon. I have had a lemon (not an Isuzu) before and when I spoke to other owners of the same type vehicle, they had none of the problems I had experienced. Sounds like you got a bad one. Sorry to hear about that. I can understand how you feel. Especially since I am a Honda owner and an Isuzu owner! Honda's just never let you down, period.

23rd Jul 2003, 14:03

It sounds like you may have inadvertently purchased a vehicle that was previously wrecked or salvaged. The types of problems that you have experienced are indicative of your Trooper being put back together poorly after an accident. Have you done a vehicle history check such as CarFax?

7th Aug 2003, 15:37

Wouldn't this vehicle, and most of the items you mentioned still be under warranty?? I have a 97 Rodeo, and my basic warranty was good for 50K miles.

16th May 2004, 06:49

I own a Trooper, it hasn't had one single problem for the past few years I had it. You must have gotten a lemon because everyone I know that owns Troopers have had none of these problems. All of my friends and I go four wheeling in our troopers and beat them around, still no problems. Sorry you had bad experience with Isuzu. : (

19th Jun 2004, 14:27

I too own a 2000 Trooper, I've been back to the dealer one time in the nearly five years since buying it new. That was for a sensor on the exhaust system. Other than routine maintenance, that is it. I have 60,000 miles and still running great on factory brakes, battery, alternat0r, I will be doing the timing belt and water pump replacement soon. After knowing several Trooper owners with many years and many trouble free miles, including a neighbor with a 84' that had 245,000 miles and still running strong. As far as the person with all the problems, it sounds like a bad recondition job. Troopers are known around the world for dependability. Buy with confidence.

20th Aug 2004, 09:31

I bought a 98 Trooper at 48000 miles 2 yrs ago and what begin as a good investment has turned out to be oil burning nightmare. The engine check light and the oil consumption is keeping me off the road and at the repair shop. Isuzu should be held accountable for some of the problems we are having with these vehicles. Instead they stick it to us every time we take them in for repairs. This is my first and last Isuzu. I am at 61000 miles now and I will get rid my Trooper soon.

24th Aug 2004, 18:32

What a shame. I have an 88,now with 97 thousand miles, and it's the 4 cyl. Yeah, I put a new head on it, and head gasket, but learn to do the work yourself or take someone who knows to the garage with you. This could save you bucks!!! I love my Trooper, and would buy even another 4 cyl with a blown head gasket!!!

15th Sep 2004, 17:40

I have owned a 2000 Isuzu Trooper for a year and a half. It had about 78,000 miles on it when we bought it, but it still runs like new with about 90,000 miles on it. I just recently bought another one for my wife. Since they both are Arizona cars, we haven't had any major problems with ours. The only problem was when the air conditioner was not running right because the air conditioner was over charged with too much refrigerant. I have pulled a large tent trailer up steep mountain grades in 110-degree heat without a towing package and never had any problems with anything. I believe that the Trooper is a tough and reliable vehicle from top to bottom. Sounds to me like you got one that was poorly reconditioned from a wreck. I would recommend getting a Car-Fax report on your next car. This will tell you whether you are buying a lemon or not.

24th Oct 2004, 13:13

My 99 trooper has 69000 miles and I recently pulled the wheels to check the brakes. The pads are still original. The rear pads were about half gone while the front pads looked new. Is this normal. I have noticed that my braking is not the best and difficult to lock up wheels for the anitlock to engage.

26th Oct 2004, 07:27

I have a 1998 Isuzu Trooper, I had it for 3 years. Everything was running well, until I started smelling something burning from underneath the hood, I lifted the hood and check the oil, there was no oil!!! The funny thing is I just had an oil change two weeks prior, so there was no way for that truck to use all that oil. Everyday before I crank my truck, I have to check the oil. I have to add oil every week. If anyone can help me with this problem I would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

9th Dec 2004, 08:52

To the guy that lost all the oil after the oil change. Check the seal on the oil plug and make sure it is still there. I had my oil changed by a so called professional place and they did not put the ring back on. It destroyed the motor in my mazda. Another thing that I have done my self is the seal on the oil filter I have broke it and lost quite a bit of oil that way.

27th Mar 2005, 21:43

I'm a die hard Isuzu owner. I bought my first one in 1992, it is a 1989, 2-doors RS body style. It had 59,000 miles when I bought it. It has 215,000 miles on it now and still running fine. I change the oil every 3,000 miles. It is a 4 cylinder, doesn't smoke. doesn't use any oil, never had to replace any CV joints or boots. Runs fine with good oil pressure. I love it so much I purchased a 1998 May of 2004 with 123,000 miles on it. I wasn't afraid to chance it with that many miles. So far I has been a real good vehicle. I love the power and how it perform. I still have my 89' model and have no plans to get rid of it. I've had offers to buy it because you don't see the short 2-door body style around much. Buy the way my 89' model has the original paint and interior. Seats doesn't have a torn place, neither is the dashboard crack. I just love Isuzu Troopers.

31st May 2005, 03:40


I love my 1998 trooper and it has 105,000 miles on it as of 5-30-05. I really need to know where I can get a good, but cheap blower motor for my trooper. The thing is slowly dying on me and I have a new baby that can't take the heat so could someone please point me in the right direction for this part.

3.5 L, V6, Auto Trans.


26th Mar 2008, 19:04

Just wanted to say 2 things.

1) My Bighorn / Trooper is great and the most reliable car I've ever had, except for the speakers blowing.

2) I wouldn't rate Honda too highly if you're not an Isuzu fan, Honda also sells the trooper under the name "horizon".

25th Nov 2008, 21:46

I bought a 1998 3.5 trooper 4 years ago with about 104,000 miles on it. Today it's got about 157,000 miles and for the most part I'm pleased with it. However, it drinks oil like mad to the tune of about 2 quarts per week. It doesn't smoke but you can tell it's burning oil by the build-up on the inside of the tail pipe. My blower fan is a wimp also and my side vents next to the front windows hardly blow at all. This is the 3rd Isuzu I've owned and all had very high miles on them when I sold them with a very low operating cost. This high oil consumption does concern me..

16th Jun 2010, 23:08

1998: We have 214,000 and still going. Regular oil consumption is 1 qt/1,000. If you consume 1 qt of oil/500 miles, then it's time to overhaul your engine. I replaced the starter at 150,000 and I just overhauled the back axle. I didn't do regular maintenance. I will keep it until it dies. Will keep you posted.

12th Jul 2010, 02:24

I have a 98 Trooper. In a year I have put on 17,000 miles and she's now at about 130,000.

The whole time the truck burnt oil, but nothing bad ever happened from it so far. I think it will be fine, just keep it changed and leveled off every week.

I am happy with the truck overall, just the oil burning is a disappointment. Too bad Isuzu didn't do anything about it when they had the chance. Now they are gone, and all of us Trooper people are left in the dust.