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ISUZU TROOPER 4x4 1992‑1998

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ISUZU TROOPER 4x4 1992‑1998

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Isuzu Trooper 3.1 Duty 1998 7 seater.

ISUZU TROOPER 3.1 Turbo Duty 5dr (Review date: 11th July '14)

4.5

We've had the Trooper for 5 years and 60000 miles (now at 120000). It has been nothing short of brilliant.

Ultra reliable, huge load bay in 5 seat mode and positively massive in 2 seat mode. The rear seats are simple to use and if necessary can be taken out or re-fitted in about 10-15 mins. you can see all 4 corners to not too bad to park and (apparently) the tow bar makes a good parking sensor.

In our ownership it has needed a new clutch at 90K, new exhaust at 80k and new batteries (yes there are two, it is a big lump of an engine to start) last winter, oh and a headlamp bulb. Other than that, put a decent set of AT tyres on (we have 265-70.16 BF Goodrich ATs) change the oil every 3000 miles, the timing belt every 60k and it'll take you wherever you need to go, whenever you need to go there.

Yes it uses plenty of diesel, but what cheap, 7 seat 4x4 doesn't?

Parts (if for some strange reason you need them) are readily available new and second hand.

Things to look out for:

Rust - wheel arches, door bottoms and on some I looked at chassis,

some suffer corrosion where the fuel pipes exit the fuel tank, letting air in the system and causing rough running.

Tyres - decent ones are expensive but worth it ours have 60K on them and plenty of life in them and have been great in fields, snow and on green lanes.

Roof bars - if they are on all the time they can damage the door seals - some have roof rails - worth getting if you can.

There is a hidden storage compartment - but I'll leave you to find it!

I wanted a discovery but could not find a decent one so bought the Trooper - 5 years on the only thing I'd replace it with is another Trooper (possibly a land cruiser but they are a lot more money)

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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adventurer

Isuzu Trooper Citation LWB 5 door 3.0 diesel

ISUZU TROOPER 3.0 TD Citation 5dr (Review date: 23rd April '14)

4.3

I have owned 3 Isuzu troopers and to be honest I cant fault them, why Isuzu ceased manufacturing them I don't understand. Its probably one of the best off road vehicles made. Tows like a super tanker. Like ALL cars they develop problems with age but spare parts are easily available and there are a few owners websites and the guys are really friendly and helpful. I have also owned a 5 year old Range Rover and the Isuzu beat it hands down. They handle well if you have AT tyres and the torque is amazing.

I cant think of a better 4x4 on the market at the small prices they fetch these days. Practical & Grunt capabilities are awesome. I will miss mine once its sold...

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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dinglefoot

Isuzu Trooper SWB 2001 3.0 turbo

ISUZU TROOPER 3.0 TD Duty 3dr (Review date: 21st July '12)

3.8

I have used my Trooper for the last 3 years towing a large twin axle caravan.Its towing capabilities are outstanding.

Bear in mind this is a heavy 4x4 fuel consumption is higher than a 3.0 ltr car. The very best MPG I have had is 36.7 mpg solo, this is being very light footed driving below 2500 rpm.When towing it can return 24 .6 mpg I think this is reasonable. However to return this sort of consumption depends on your personal weight of your right foot.

A couple of common faults with Troopers are 1 the alarm system can be sensitive due to the under bonnet switch wearing and rising up to set the alarm off in different weather conditions due to bonnet expanding in hot conditions and shrinking when cold easy cure is a washer under the switch to raise it a fraction

.2 radiators tend to block up and need replacing will be OK solo,however when towing when extra cooling is needed the blockage will overheat engine. Exchange rad or try flushing out

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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diggerhound

Big Bloke Big Car

ISUZU TROOPER 3.0 TD Citation 5dr (Review date: 21st January '12)

4

So we needed a big car for camping canoeing and my work (dog handler with two dogs and chemical spraying kit and tools)

choices :

Land Rover Defender, nope falls foul of the london low emissions zone (at least the ones i could afford).

Land Rover Discovery, nope I just don't fit in to the drivers seat.

Isuzu Trooper, affordable (£4500) plenty of room, for me, plenty of cargo space, and comfortable to drive.

Bad points first: thirsty round town it is a big car and a big engine,

finding accessories can be difficult to find things that Land Rover drivers take for granted.

tyre's aren't cheap.

Having said all that it is very comfortable to drive and it can hustle along at a fair rate when you push it the selectable 2 wheel/four drive is very handy and I have never needed to use the low range.

we have used it for camping, long journeys and shopping trips and it does everything we ask of it. On long motorway journeys at 65mph it is reasonable on fuel and we went London to Cornwall with no breaks any other car we would stop to stretch our legs.

It is no sports car but it isn't meant to be. What it is, is a big reliable go anywhere work horse that can tow or tour as well as anything I have owned. if you can afford the fuel costs then it is a really good choice!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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paulS

isuzu workhorse and family car

ISUZU TROOPER 3.1 Turbo 3dr (Review date: 25th March '11)

4

This car has been reliable throughout my ownership (2 years) it has always done what is asked of it (towing . winter driving in snow ice) it is pleasant to drive and has been used for many family camping holidays just load it up and off you go , it is fitted with many extra/s all of which have continued to work (heated seats, aircon elec windows etc) The only downside i can find is that it is quite expensive to tax and with 26 mpg fuel costs can get rather high using it for my daily commute 20 miles

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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christopherS

isuzu trooper is good

ISUZU TROOPER 3.0 TD Duty 5dr (Review date: 23rd March '11)

4.8

This car is good for towing and genaral ues good in four wheel dirve, not so good on fuel Economy. good for when driving you are up a hight and thats makes it easyer to see things.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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catherineW

A real work horse if your looking for something to use for towing

ISUZU TROOPER 3.5 Citation 5dr Auto (Review date: 12th March '11)

4.3

This is the second Trooper that I have owned and probably one of the best 4 x 4's I've used for towing my horse trailer while carrying two large horses. Great off road and always feels safe and sturdy.

The petrol version is quite heavy on the fuel getting about 20mpg but then it is a big vehicle. Good for long distance drives with plenty of room in the back for passengers and luggage.

Overall I still love the Trooper and would have another although they do tend to get a bit rusty as they get older. Reliability however is good and great as an everyday vehicle, if you can afford the fuel.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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clairD

Love Love Love

ISUZU TROOPER 3.0 TD Citation 7 seat 5dr Auto (Review date: 9th March '11)

4.5

I used to have a Disco, and thought that was fab. I've also had a Shogun. But the Trooper is brilliant. The Auto change is smooth, the drive is smooth, it has lots of power, tows with ease, and above all I feel safe in it and that my kids are safe in it. She rolls a bit on corners but that's to be expected - if you want something that handles like a car, buy a car. You also don't buy one of these for fuel economy. I get 27-28mpg out of mine most of the time. They're also more expensive in servicing, tax and tyres. But if you can handle/afford all that, this is the 4x4 for you. I don't off road in it, but live in a very rural area and have never gotten stuck in adverse weather conditions. They are great value for money compared to other similar vehicles on the market. Mine is an import - don't let that put you off, the underside of the vehicle is often in better condition because they don't use salt on the roads in Japan. Check the chassis for corrosion and make sure the Injectors recall has been done. It has masses of room front and back for people & stuff, and the 2 foldaway seats in the boot face forwards with a 3 point seat belt - this means unlike the older Disco's you can safely put kids in the back.

Overall, this has all the downsides of owning a big 4x4 - size, fuel economy, tax, handling, cost of servicing & tyres - but as I said, it's not for these things you buy one for. If you're looking for a big practical go anywhere 4x4 (rather than a status symbol) and have taken all that into account, I can't recommend a better one.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jamesM

Jim Maguire

ISUZU TROOPER 3.0 TD Standard 5dr (Review date: 27th February '11)

4.3

The only real problem I ever have with the car is parking. Because of the size of the car it is dificult to fit into parking places. It depends on your attitude to life whether you say the parking places are too small, or the car is too big.

Otherwise it kept me mobile all through this bad winter we have had, it tows trailers and caravans with consumate ease, deals well with the shockingly bumpy roads we now have in this country and performs well of road. In addition it has lots of room for what most peole would call ordinary motering.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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craigS

Mr Craig Sandham

ISUZU TROOPER 3.0 TD Citation 5dr (Review date: 20th February '11)

4

Brilliant truck, only ever let us down once but the dealers had it in and sorted under warrenty cant say that for many other manufactures on an 11 year old motor. Great in any weather but at its best when it gets snowy or icey. Good on road presance you dont get many people pulling out on you.

We can load it up with all our camping gear the dog and the kids and off we go or off to the super market or DIY store without worring about it all fitting in, big comfie seats good driving position and ace visabilaty.

Only down sides are fule costs @30 mpg its not the most effishant bus but you cant blame Isuzu for the fule costs, and you have to watch were you park it there quite tall so some multi storeys are out of bounds.

All in top family car would deff have another.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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