1999 Isuzu Trooper from North America - Comments

25th May 2007, 09:59

Purchased a new 1998 Trooper and have run it for 147 K miles.

1. Starter has failed.

2. EGR Valve replaced.

3. Scheduled oil/lube/brake pads & rotor replacement

4. Serpentine belt replacement.

5. Oil consumption (I add about a quart every 750 miles)

6. My driver side CV boot just cracked.

No other issues. Great vehicle IF maintained.

1st Aug 2007, 15:11

Agree with the above.

1999 trooper with over 100k

Replaced starter, egr, oil problems every 1000 miles. About to replace brakes. Other than that it’s a great car, just too hard to get documentation and manuals for it. Dealerships are terrible as well.

5th Aug 2007, 09:31

I feel your pain. I have a 1991 trooper whose drive train was so durable I bought a used, low mileage 1999 trooper expecting similar longevity. I was horribly wrong. The 1991 has a GMC engine and standard transmission. The 1999 has an Isuzu engine and transmission. Though we maintained the 1999, at 90k the engine burns ridiculous amounts of oil and the transmission is completely shot. Plus the rear seals are fading. Having read your nightmare, I'm now convinced not to throw any more money at this beast. It's a shame. If they had just kept building the 1991 model, I'd go buy another.

5th Sep 2007, 16:07

I need help with my 2000 trooper. It has 95k and has been very good to me; have 0 issues except for the tranny replacement needed at 65k. They said it was a fluke and covered it under warranty. Many miles later and for the past 6 months I've been getting a strange reving noise on a cold start-up. This happens on warm days as well as cold. The truck starts fine, but I get reving noise for about a long second just after the engine turns over. What can this be? I recently had the starter replaced and it did not fix the problem. Someone please help before I have to go to dealer and pay through the nose for a diagnosis.

5th Nov 2007, 13:51

I bought a 1999 Trooper new. It's got 140,000 on it now. It has used oil (1 quart btwn changes every 5000 miles) but has been problem free. I have replaced the starter, ECG valve and a couple of belts. Great car. Goes from logging trails to highways with ease. I plan to keep driving it. Really too bad it's so hard to find parts/dealerships. Plus it's not great on gas - but I knew that when I bought it.

13th Apr 2008, 21:42

I bought a 1999 Trooper new and up to this point like it just fine. I change the oil every 3xxxx and had the expensive 100xxx mile belt changes and transmission service (no drain plug). Yes it is hard on gas and when I start it up it does have a whine somewhere under the hood. Little hard on oil now at 110xxx.

17th Apr 2008, 22:12

My friend, a single mother of four and a disabled Vet, bought a 1999 Isuzu Trooper 3.5L, nothing like paying on a dead horse. She just got done paying it off and it has 57,000 miles on it (about 10,000 miles more than when she purchased it). It has been parked out front in the street for 3 1/2 years with a blown motor. Ends up if you don't check your oil about as often as you take a drink of water, boom your motor is shot.

I took it to the local dealer and he said they can't rebuild it, but can replace it for $8,000, hence why it is parked out front. How sad, the first and only car of this single mother that served this country, gets bilked by a car dealership that just don't care.

Why isn't there a recall? I mean why aren't these people getting their pants sued off of them? Everyone should come together and try to do something. HAVE THEY HEARD OF DISCLOSURE?

I had a Toyota 4-runner and had a blown motor, and it was under recall and there was like well over 50,000 motors on back order. They paid for my rental car for 3 months and the only thing I had to pay for is the head work, which was a mere $400. Notice how they have good customer service and take care of problems and disclose problems, and they are still going strong, unlike the spineless auto maker ISUZU. ISUZU just decides to give up and not make cars here anymore, but will continue to make bigger trucks, which I feel no one should buy giving their proven track record.

I know I am talking to an attorney, and talking to a couple of legislatures; this is ridiculous, these people should be held accountable. If she or we would have been disclosed about the great oil consumption, like a quart per 1,000 miles is what some guy from the local wrecking yard told me, and was confirmed by a ISUZU employee: we would have never bought the piece of junk. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING BIG TRUCK OR CAR FROM THESE PEOPLE!!!

22nd Apr 2008, 00:40

I bought my 1999 Trooper in Nov. 2005 with 37,000 miles on it for $6,000 and it was in perfect condition. I LOVE IT!!! I have a new Toyota Tundra but like my Trooper more. It now has 50,000 miles on it since I drove it down to my house in Zihuatanejo Mexico-2700 miles from the border without problems and without oil loss. I did have to get a new computer for my transmission shifting hard on occasion. This week I got a hole in my radiator and my starter went out. Other than this I have changed the oil every 3,000 miles or 6 months and it has not used any. I drive the hell out of it in rough conditions and man does it hold up and go. It turns on a dime and was made for the rough roads down here. Sorry about those of you with major problems. I hope my Trooper continues to impress me and give me the joy it was made for.

14th May 2008, 20:22

I leased my 1999 Trooper new and exercised the purchase option after the lease as I like driving it so much. The oil usage 800-1000 km per litre is a pain in the neck and I am guilty of running it low at times. I have 134000 km on it now. I have replaced the starter and a set of tires that's all.

Maybe someone can tell me why my 4x4 light blinks and now is hard to get into 4x4. Also there is a noise coming from the right front wheel which I can't determine and is still there after a tire rotation.

31st May 2008, 14:36

I just purchased my 1999 trooper and after reading the reviews I am a freak about checking the oil. It had 86000 miles on it when I bought it and thank god it was under warranty. It runs fine now, but we were off to a rough start. To answer the 4 wheel drive flashing light question, it is the computer module, it is probably burned up. The 4wd likely is not fully engaged, and you will probably notice your gas mileage drop because the hubs are locked. I think it is about $1200 to fix it. If it is not that then it is the 4wd motor, which is about the same. Mine was doing the same thing. One of the modules in the board actually burned causing a short and making the light flash. Good Luck.