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★★★★★

“long trip”

Written on: 27/11/2012

just got hold of a jackaroo trooper we went from bris to roma to ch towers nq then to townville then bris can't be eny more happer with this4x4 geting ten cents a k did 3,875 ks for $387 not bad i am happy … Read Full Review

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“fantastic motor ”

Written on: 02/11/2011

i have a isuzu 3.1 auto bighorne this is a fantastic 4x4 i have never had any problems with hear she starts every time not bad on fuel a good work horse good off road and very reliable i would recommend to anyone great for towing just all road good 4x4… Read Full Review

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“I bought my 3.1 Trooper last year as a better towing...”

Written on: 09/07/2010

I bought my 3.1 Trooper last year as a better towing vehicle, was a bit worried about MPG compared to my previous car, but the pros outway the cons

As a towing vehicle, cant fault it, Ive towed up to its max capacity over rough ground and it took it in its stride because of the torque in the engine. Supurb on a family holiday because of the space and comfort and better MPG than the offical figures!!! And very competant off road in mud and snow.

Faults, Brakes stop you but even for a 4x4 they… Read Full Review

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“There is nothing this vehicle cannot do and nowhere it...”

Written on: 06/12/2009

There is nothing this vehicle cannot do and nowhere it cannot go. The only thing I would have asked for in the vehicle was a light in the ashtray compartment. They are excellent starters in all conditions. This is the first Isuzu I have owned and would never have anything else. I love the reassuring feeling that if anything in moderation hits me they will come off worse. THESE ARE THE BEST 4 X 4's by far… Read Full Review

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“Excellent for towing, which I do a lot of, LWB is...”

Written on: 10/10/2009

Excellent for towing, which I do a lot of, LWB is definity more comfortable but just bought a SWB as lower milage. Very reliable and chep to run.

Rear calipers can seize up in wet conditions had to free them out a few times, but with 200,000 miles its a small price to pay.

On my fifth trooper one 2.8 and 4 3.1's cannot complain, kept changing to get one with lower milage, newest one is a SWB Bighorn with 133,000 Km so will do for another2-3 years… Read Full Review

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“Mines a Vauxhall Monterey, bought at auction with 100K...”

Written on: 26/08/2009

Mines a Vauxhall Monterey, bought at auction with 100K Miles. I've marked high reliability, however I have to say that coming through Northern Italy, very very hot day she overheated. On closer inspection I saw that one of the rubber pipes behind the intercooler had split. Close enough to the joint to cut and re-fit. Even with teh over heating she was driving like a dream, waited an hour then drobve to services 2 km's. Waited again then refilled but damage done, there was blowing from the… Read Full Review

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“The Isuzu Trooper is by far the best 4x4 i have owned...”

Written on: 21/08/2009

The Isuzu Trooper is by far the best 4x4 i have owned and I have had alot of them. The 3.1 td engine has loads of torque and brilliant for towing, it is a proper hefty machine that is indestructable and for the money unbeatable. Would not recommend the later 3.0 diesel as they have had alot of problems but the 3.1 is brilliant and extremely reliable. They are so good I have just bought another one slightly newer. A much better vehicle than the 2.8 TD Shogun I used to have that was far too… Read Full Review

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“i just bought a 93 isuzu bighorn special lotus edition...”

Written on: 17/04/2009

i just bought a 93 isuzu bighorn special lotus edition 3.1d. it's a fantastic bit of kit. it's covered 17000km and the engine sounds fantastic, the bodywork when washed still looks like new with not a sign of rust or damage. it has the auto box which changes effortlessly and smoothly and the overdrive function is perfect for motorway travelling. it's not the fastest 4x4 on the block with 0 to 60 at 16 seconds but you don't really buy a 2 ton wagon for acceleration times. i would definatley… Read Full Review

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“Bought this vehicle with 1700000kms on it, now has...”

Written on: 21/09/2008 by jfb (1 review written)

Bought this vehicle with 1700000kms on it, now has 220000kms and has been hassle free! Good sized interior compared to other 4 cylinder vehicles of same class, suspension "soaks" up the bumps although a little soft for high speed… Read Full Review

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“Dont go for the Isuzu Trooper 3.0 diesel go for the...”

Written on: 15/07/2008 by jbishere (1 review written)

Dont go for the Isuzu Trooper 3.0 diesel go for the 3.1. The 3.0 engine may have a design fault which had problems with leaking injectors, diesel fills up the sump and blows up the engine. This problem was rectified in the 3.1 engine. If you have a 3.0 make sure you check the oil level once a week, if its rising then get it sorted. Oil leaks galore, I rarely see one with no oil leaks, gaskets to seals fail so check underneath before you buy… Read Full Review

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Christophernuttall's Response to jbishere's Review

Written on: 29/09/2009

Hi. i am looking at buying a LWB Trooper, and after reading your review it would seem that its the 3.1d engine i need, would you know what year they changed over to this engine?
<br/>Many Thanks
<br/>Chris

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Yintong5's Response to jbishere's Review

Written on: 05/03/2012

Absolutely right!
Never, and from my experience, never go for more modern looks over downright reliability. The later 3.0l model that I had the misfortune to own 'enjoyed' a couple of injector failures (500 quid a throw - unless, of course you pay the 1200 or so quid for a full set). The newer models were an exercise from Isuzu in 'how to do just about everything wrong.
The 3.1 I had before that was old, rough around the edges, towed all day if required and never missed a beat going anywhere.
I sold the 3.0l last year in favour of a mondeo estate which is just NOT the same to tow with, this year I may look for an addition to the family in the shape of another old, reliable, wonderful 3.1l Trooper.
Good luck!

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“I bought my Bighorn Irmscher quite a few months ago...”

Written on: 10/11/2007 by paulenew (35 reviews written)

I bought my Bighorn Irmscher quite a few months ago simply on the basis that I loved the look of it. Unfortuantely the autobox failed within a few miles of picking it up, refusing to find any gears above 2nd.. I'm not the kind of person to give up easily, so I spent a fair time working out the problem, treating the box with the magical Lucas transmission fix etc. Turns out that the oil cooler was blocked solid, causing out of spec line pressures and overheating. Blew it out, disconnected the… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to paulenew's Review

Written on: 30/07/2011

with this kind of information you will avoid huge garage bills, unnecessary transmission replacements and feelings of dispair. thank you paulenew

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“If you want a real 4x4 that will get you home through,...”

Written on: 31/12/2006 by BigHornOwner (1 review written)

If you want a real 4x4 that will get you home through, well, pretty much anything, then this is the vehicle. You MUST put decent tyres on it though; don't be one of the idiots who buys a hugely capable off-roader and leaves it afflicted with those ridiculous showroom road tyres. BF Goodrich All Terrain or, if you live on a farm or tow a horsebox through wet fields, BFG Mud Terrain. If you don't want to invest in proper tyres (and that means all FIVE of them), why do you want a 4x4? Go and… Read Full Review

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447755_Russellcox07's Response to BigHornOwner's Review

Written on: 14/03/2009

I found this review helpful because...
<br/>I am looking to buy a usefull and reliable 4x4 that is powerfull enough to tug agricultural equipement around a farm all year round but knowing which model to buy is tricky due to having a familly as well. I am a mechanic and mot tester and have repaired and replaced many engines from the mk3 3.0l diesel. but i have not spent much time on the 3.1l diesel which obviously means great reliability as most of these vehicles are around 15 years old. This review helped put things into perspective thankyou.
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<br/>About the imports from Ireland regarding parts. the isuzu trooper was made for the uk market as I've found to believe and all parts are or should be exactly the same. or have i been informed incorrectly.
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<br/>regards russell

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“My 1998 Isuzu Trooper 4x4 has done 120,000 miles. I've...”

Written on: 08/02/2005 by rangert1 (1 review written)

My 1998 Isuzu Trooper 4x4 has done 120,000 miles. I've owned it for three years and I change the oil every 3 thousand miles, always use full synthetic, and I never have to add any oil between changes. A great vehicle… Read Full Review

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“I had a Frontera and it was really poor in my opinion....”

Written on: 28/04/2003 by scum. (1 review written)

I had a Frontera and it was really poor in my opinion. One of the worst problems was the lack of power. (2.2 litre engine!!!!!!! in something that size).

So, traded it in and bought a 94 Trooper Bighorn from Japan. It has 30,000 miles on the clock. It is a 3.1 litre Turbo Diesel with 7 seats and it rocks.

It carries tons of stuff. Mechanically it is very solid. Maintenance is easy, parts are cheap..... £60 for tyres on 245/70 R16. No problems and had it for a year now. Bags and bags of… Read Full Review

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“I have taken this car everywhere it has done 247k it...”

Written on: 21/02/2003 by offroader. (1 review written)

I have taken this car everywhere it has done 247k it has had a new starter fitted and a clutch a service every 25000 and it seems indestructible it is a lwb 1995 m plate 3.1 turbo diesel intercooler and i would recommend it to anyone… Read Full Review

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88042_Ray H.'s Response to 74661_offroader.'s Review

Written on: 11/04/2003

The Trooper (or Holden Jackaroo as we know them in Australia) is a very reliable and capable vehicle particularly with the 3.1 intercooled turbo diesel, but I hope you change engine oil more frequently than 25000 Km. 2500 to 5000 Km is the factory recommendation depending on conditions. Mine has only required an alternator and power steering hose in 162000 Km.

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“I love my 89 Isuzu trooper, however, when i hit the...”

Written on: 08/04/2002 by David. (1 review written)

I love my 89 Isuzu trooper, however, when i hit the brakes when i'm backing up, it sounds like a mating Moose… Read Full Review

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59008_Brett.'s Response to 18433_David.'s Review

Written on: 19/12/2002

I HAVE A 91 TROOPER WITH OVER 180K MILES THE NOISE IS COMMON ON ALMOST ALL THE TROOPERS FROM 89 TO 92 WITH REAR DISC BRAKES. IF YOU INSTALL AFTER MARKET PADS AND DISKS THE NOISE GOES AWAY. BUT OTHER THAN MAKING NOISE IT POSES NO PROBLEMS.

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63658_E.'s Response to 18433_David.'s Review

Written on: 08/01/2003

look out for the mooses it could be nasty

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“My 99 Isuzu Trooper replaced a Windstar Van. Added...”

Written on: 07/03/2002 by Francis Asis. (1 review written)

My 99 Isuzu Trooper replaced a Windstar Van. Added third row seat, dvd player and monitors for the kids. Truck is used as a daily driver, family hauler and off-road truck. Only failures to date are leaking pinion seal at 22k and leaking axle seal at 59k...both replaced under warranty… Read Full Review

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Mcasady3's Response to 15141_Francis Asis.'s Review

Written on: 10/09/2003

Where did you get the 3rd row seat?

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