I just bought a used 2001 Trooper. My wife and I are quite impressed with it. I've heard a few comments about the Trooper using lots of oil. From what I've heard, this is mainly due to the ERG valve (for emissions) needing cleaning. There are some forums on troopers that explain this procedure. I did it in roughly 20 minutes (I'm a novice at this stuff). Give it a try. So far, we love the way the Trooper is working out.
How are you getting 19MPG? My wife can barely manage 13MPG and she drives like an old grandma (light-footed). hers has 87,000 miles on it. Other than the fuel economy it is a nice vehicle. Oh and on an Isuzu forum, most claimed similar MPG of 12-14. Ours does NOT use oil either, and its in Oregon so its in great shape. We are currently selling it due to poor MPG. hoping to get $10,500 for it because we paid $11,999 2 months ago!!
I have a 2001 LS 2WD bought new. Currently I have 115k miles on it. I love my truck - yes, the mileage could be better (I consistently get 16-17; 18-20 on pure highway, and once got 22 while traveling in the Rockies!!?!), it does take a tad of extra oil (1 qt every 3k), and it is by no means something you want to sling around the corners.
But the upright seating position (I'm 6'3"), huge sunroof, and cavernous interior can't be beat. It's perfectly sized for me, and with a few suspension changes (new Monroe adjustables; stabilizer inserts) she is much more conducive to my aggressive driving style. Also, and I know I'm 'new school', but there's nothing like the 'growl' of the 3.5 DOHC.
I'm finally ready for brakes, another set of shocks (under warranty), and other minor maintenance items. I did have to put a new transmission in at 35k - fully covered by Isuzu, and replaced in two days (apparently it's a French-designed GM unit).
Again - I (and my family) love it for the room we have without having to resort to a Tahoe or Expedition-sized vehicle.
Too bad Isuzu can't find it's butt with both hands these days - a clean sheet design Trooper, and a crossover wagon would certainly gain them much more interest than the rebadged GM crap they sell now. It's sad, really - I feel the Trooper, like an older Range Rover or Land Cruiser, has a timeless design to it - simple, not overstated... competent.
I purchased my 2001 Trooper in February 2007, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It only had 30,000 miles on it when I got it, and I was afraid that with low miles for the year that this may be a disaster car. I was very impressed to hear so many good things about this car. It does burn a lot of gas with the current gas prices, but other than that no complaints...
I have a 1997 Trooper... LS 4wd...122,000..I love it... but there is a ticking in the engine. My mech can't figure it out. He messed with the valves... no change...it is loudest when the engine in cold.. and gets faster upon acceleration... sometimes it will just stop... then start up again quietly.. then louder. Any ideas? I'm worried about the engine obviously...thanks.
Hi I bought a 2000 Trooper LS back in March of 07 with 119k and I can honestly say I have not had any major problems yet. The only draw back I have is the leg room for the driver.I'm a tall guy and I'll need about 2-3 more inches should do. My wife is small and it swallows her. Great vehicle hope it lasts forever.
I really love this suv from the start I saw it on a used car lot, it stood out from all the rest. I have never seen such a nice vehicle like that at the time and this was in 2005. I replaced the brakes, wheels, transmission fluid, filters, spark plugs, and all basics. I will always keep this vehicle no mater what it takes. I use Lucas oil with my oil change and it does not burn oil at all. I believe the Japans messed up when they discontinued making troopers. I have driven it to Florida to ST. Louis no problem. This is the first vehicle I feel confident in driving any where. Even today people like my vehicle and I find it quite strange with all the compitition out there. Thankyou for your time.
I have a '98 Trooper which, like all who post here, I LOVE! I too am tall @ 6'2" and value the headroom and general volume of the vehicle. I am now at 123,000 miles and burning oil like Sadam. I have used Lucas previously but when I'm blowing through a quart of oil every 500 miles... my budget does lead me away from the Lucas shelf at the parts store. I will try the tricks mentioned above and report. I am looking at a new (to us) camping trailer and am concerned that the oil consumption is really the car telling me it will die if I stress it out. I had hoped to keep this baby for a long time (another 4 to 5 years) so... any other thoughts?
I have a 2001 Trooper, I have had it since 2004 and it is great. I got it with 41,000 and now have 100,500 miles on it. Great in snow, I HAVE NEVER burnt any oil, guess I am lucky.
My ABS light came on at about 85,000 and I have been told that is a $2,000 fix. Still drives fine. It's big, it's safe and I like it cause there are not many left around. I would buy this truck again
Just bought a 2001 Isuzu Trooper today from a car auction. I have been keeping my eye on this vehicle for the past few days, and when the auction came around tonight I bought it.
I was just scanning through blogs, and comments about Troopers, and doing my research beforehand, so I don't run into any problems. I was glad to find out that people had an oil burning problem. I'll make sure to keep a swift eye out for that.
Thanks for all your input. I'll post more on here once I get to drive it around more.