Written on: 04/10/2011 by Mudslinger
Bought it off a mate of mine 3 years ago to tow my caravan, after he'd had the engine self destruct and therefore replaced along with the turbo in the Isuzu recall. He'd bought an Insignia and left this one sat on his drive for 18 months, and I had a Terrano at the time which was totally gut less. It's been solid and reliable, if a bit dated in design. I tried out a TD5 Disco last year as a possible replacement for it, the TD5 had been re-mapped and was gorgeous to drive solo, but when I... (read more)
Written on: 27/02/2011
In 2000 I bought a 3L TDI having test driven the 3.1 and finding it slow. I did more than 140k miles on motorways. I towed a caravan at 80miles an hour (always in a hurry) and it never missed a beat. The only time it broke down was when I was on the phone and drove past a petrol station and it ran out of fuel. I never treated it well and only serviced it once a year.. Too busy for all that 6k miles servicing. It never lost oil, leaked, smoked or anything. Always started first time every... (read more)
Written on: 01/10/2010 by tikey (1 review written)
LOVE my trooper even though it needed the recall work , cant complain though as that was free , I use it as its supposed to be used as my farm truck but hav also driven it 12 hours continuos with a horse trailer on from wiltshire to newcastle an back in one day , didnt miss a note , the towing power is phenominal , which is what its all about , not wether its comfortable on the motorway ! mine is so basic , no electric windows , air con nothing , but it does what its supposed to on the farm... (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2010
First Isuzu trooper. 1998 3.0D SWB Trooper had a complete engine rebuild under warranty a year before we bought it. 95k on the clock and the ECU has failed. (£1200 approx to replace)
Would never buy an Isuzu again. (read more)
Written on: 21/05/2010 by yintong5 (3 reviews written)
It's a love/hate relationship.
A couple of months ago I decided to get rid of my old (but reliable) 3.1TD Trooper and buy a 3.0TD. Although I was aware of the reliability/recall issues I figured buying a well-cared for model with a reasonably low mileage, regularly serviced, with all the recall work done and masses of paperwork, I would be on to a winner.
So far it's been in the garage 3 times; once for a failed injector (out of Isuzus' warranty) once for a new alternator and once again... (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2009
I had my Isuzu Trooper 3.0 TDi DOHC for a short time, but it is nice, strong, practical, got ok power but it is not wow. So far, I like it, it got 130k KM on it, no leaks whatever, shifts fair. It is not like the Rodeo (Gas) ride & power, but better off-road and room. I think for the price it is a good deal.
Diesel on long trips is super nice, in town with AC it can get costly. One last thing always keep an eye on oil pressure, when u see low while stopping with AC on, put in neutral and gas... (read more)
Written on: 18/06/2009 by Acad (1 review written)
I have owned trooopers for at least 18 Years and slowly but surely worked up until purchasing the LWB Auto Insignia.
The petrol motor was excellent but costly. changed for the 3.0L DT LBW Auto.Turbo Diesel. Worst thing I have ever done. (read more)
Written on: 10/11/2008 by furryears (1 review written)
This vehicle is a total let down, a disappointment, an insult to the normal qualities produced by Japanese manufacturers, problems have been non-stop. It ' s a 2001 I got it approx 2 half yrs ago, in first year it was in garage no less than 6 times with engine light well and truly lit. Each repair was a minimum of £300.00 ranging right up to £650.00, its had recalls on it since then and it has just gone down with engine failure again. Its unstable on the motorway with wind. Structurally it... (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2008 by demyansk (1 review written)
Super comfortable on long journeys. Very good reliability (it is japanese after all). Lovely cruiser. Comfy and solid. Had mine for 3 years and used it for long commutes as well as farming. Pulled the disco out of the mud more than once. Got very few moans about it. Overall: bought 2002 citation model for 7k in 2006-have done 50k miles in it without any probs. (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2008 by aberdeenfc (1 review written)
Good all round 4x4, after you get the recall work don on it, and it is free from Isuzu, tell me another 4x4 maker who would recall a 7 year old trooper, bet you can ' t. Does what it was made for. Not motorway, people are knocking the 3.0td trooper. Power wise it will do the same thing as any 4x4 and more. Discos have there problems to, I bought a Pajero prior to buying my trooper, and the turbo blew the first day I got it. (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2007 by trooper123 (1 review written)
I traveled several times across France to Spain at high speed in my Isuzu Trooper 3.0 TDi DOHC, I did 500 miles in 2 days on one occasion, towed a large caravan everywhere in the UK and France without any bother. I have found the trooper very reliable and comfortable and would recommend anyone to buy one. (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2007 by linnand (1 review written)
After the head gasket went for a second time I had the option of rebuilding the head at a cost of 800 euro or replace the engine,I was being offered 1500 euro for the jeep for scrap.I purchased a 94 3.1 and converted the 3.0 to a 3.1 at a total cost of 2500 euro. I have 34000 miles done on this conversion and it is well worth carrying it out .It can also be done with a 2.8 trooper engine (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2007 by Merch
Although the performance of the vehicle did everything I wanted, I wold never buy Isuzu again, and the dealer who managed the recall issues for me doesn't sell this model 2nd hand any more.......although the car feels fine, I remain very nervous (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2006 by provideo (1 review written)
I put a diesel treatment into the tank just before the Irish DOE for commercials. Bad idea. I hadn't been smokey beforehand but two days later its like inspector gadget has been at it!
No garage really wants to look at it and the Isuzu main dealers say it will cost €1400 for injectors alone before labour. Not much use for a jeep that cost €7250 after 3 months ownership. Avoid like the plague. (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2006 by importmad (1 review written)
It is not advisable to buy an Isuzu Trooper 3.0 TDi DOHC. We owned one for about one month and a "Check Engine" light was a common visitor along with the speedo not working. After bringing it to be checked we were advised to sell it as soon as possible. There is a design fault with the 3L Diesel engine. Stay clear! If you want to buy a Trooper, only buy a 3.1L Diesel 1997 downwards, preferably with a recent timing belt, as replacement's cost €600+. (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2006 by gilesmorris (1 review written)
The Isuzu Trooper was a great vehicle until the design faults apparent in the 2998 cc TDi DOHC engine kicked in after 70000 miles (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2005 by victoranthony (14 reviews written)
Isuzu Trooper - My 1 year old (10,000 mile) trooper blew up at 70mph on the motorway sending smoke and debris out of the back bringing the motorway to a grinding halt. This was due to an injector seal failure on my 3.0 diesel engine. Diesel got into the engine oil causing it to rev and rev until it blew up.
This is not considered to be a safety issue by the importer and so is not under recall by them. Beware if you have the 3.0 diesel engine, I advise you sell yours before it's too late.... (read more)
Written on: 05/02/2005 by steve holden
I bought a second hand Isuzu Trooper 99 3.0 turbo deisel 4x4 and loved it, had it dealer serviced to maintain the warranty. after 18 months with 56K on the clock I noticed some smoke coming from the exhaust the isuzu dealer told me the engine needed replacing, it had overheated. when I said it must be replaced under warranty the dealer said the warranty was void because the previous owner had missed a service. The previous owner had serviced the car but the dealer did not stamp the book.... (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2002 by trials star.
I bought an 02 trooper 3ltr turbo diesel 2 months ago, I've not really been that impressed with it to be honest. It usually takes about 4 seconds to start after glow plug light goes out(thought direct injection would be better than this). The throttle is like a switch either full on or off, and coupled with the turbo lag it's not a smooth ride. I know it's heavy but I thought that 156bhp and 240 odd lbs/ft of torque would be better than this slug. (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2002 by I Reardon.
I bought my Isuzu trooper 3 months ago. It is a 3.0 dohc turbo deisel. I have found the performance more than adequate. The comfort on the trooper is excellent, much better than my previous toyota hilux (rice for price). It beats most other makes hands down, but without compromise. Has surpassed all my expectations. Would recommend it to anyone. (read more)
Written on: 10/08/2001 by karlo ponferrada.
Generally it is a GREAT SUV! I always strongly recommend it to my friends and relatives. A lot better than Mitsubishi Pajero and Nissan Patrol in terms of over-all performance and....power! Four (4) of my friends and business associates immediately purchased it and they all love its performance. If you want GREAT value for your money, GO FOR THE ISUZU TROOPER! (read more)
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