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You get what you pay for... by matt from tampa on 10/27/2010. Trim: 1999 Isuzu Trooper S 4WD, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Well-built engine and bomb-proof frame/undercarriage. Overall its a great truck. I have almost 185k on the truck (mostly highway miles). It has the TOD system (I know there are some mixed reviews on this system) which has served me fine the few times I have been in snow/off-road. The truck still idles smoothly, no warning lights and shows no sign of dying anytime soon.
Cons: I wish that Isuzu actually built the transmission. They are GM trannys - and they are closed units. Trying to check your fluid is next to impossible as there is no dipstick. I am on my second transmission (first one died at 128k). That said, I haven't had too many other problems. It does burn a bit of oil - approximately 1quart btw oil changes. But I think thats normal considering my high mileage (185K). I have found that adding lucas to the oil helps to slow the consumption. Synthetic oil did nothing to slow the consumption and it costs too much considering its being blown out the exhaust pipe!
Overall review: Great truck for the money. I bought it as a knock-around truck. Thanks to Isuzu backing out of the US their value has plummeted. They are a bit underpowered if you are interested in flooring it off the line, but have it has no trouble keeping pace in traffic and merging on the highway. If you buy one used with over 100k miles, make sure the transmission is shifting properly and that there is no burned oil on the dipstick. If you have to replace a drivetrain component - you will not realize the value of the truck!
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