1996 Isuzu Trooper Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Isuzu Trooper

1996 Isuzu Trooper Problems

Valve Train Noise Due to Varnish Build up

A ticking noise may be noted from the engine valve train area. This is commonly caused by varnish build up in the hydraulic lash adjusters (HLA). Our technicians tell us that using Mobil 1 synthetic oil has been successful in cleaning the varnish deposits and quieting the lifter noise.

4WD indicatior on in 2WD mode

The 4WD indicator may say on in 2WD mode due to a faulty vacuum solenoid or valve. All 4WD vacuum hoses, solenoids, and valves should be inspected and repaired or replaced as necessary to correct this concern.

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1996 Isuzu Trooper Questions

Eating oil 2 quarts for 40 milesi (1 answer)

I drove 40 miles & the suv burned 2 miles

stuck clutch (1 answer)

does anyone have advice for freeing a stuck clutch plate ?

why did my clutch stiffen like a brake pedal after bleeding the slave cylinder ? (1 answer)

i can't imagine more bleeding will do any good , clutch is stiffer than a brake . can anyone tell me what's wrong ?

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1996 Isuzu Trooper Recalls

Recall 97V092001
THE LEFT FRONT BRAKE LINES WERE INSTALLED IMPROPERLY AT THE ASSEMBLY LINE RESULTING IN INSUFFICIENT CLEARANCE BETWEEN THE BRAKE LINE AND AN UPPER CONTROL ARM OF THE SUSPENSION.
Recall 96V248001
CERTAIN VEHICLES WERE MANUFACTURED WITH AN INCORRECT REAR CENTER SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY BUCKLE. THE MISBUILD INVOLVED FITTING A BUCKLE FOR ANOTHER MARKET WITH THE CORRECT U.S. SPECIFICATION SEAT BELT.

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1996 Isuzu Trooper Reviews

very good vehicle. i don't regret buying it(used for 1800 bucks. I would do it again). great 4wd, beast in snow(with all-season tires); but... gas mileage stinks(avg 15mpg); expect to have to replace a lot of wear parts(mine were mostly the originals) starting at about 170,000. if you get one, be sure to get the thing completely lubed(inc front bearings packed), and probably timing belt replace...
Two problems in 15 years. Love it !! Only 1 dealer in North America that I know of. I got my muffler from them well in advance of needing it. Will put it on this fall and hope that's it for the next 15 years.
Best and most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. 1996 model purchased new in 1997, 130k miles, still has original brakes and clutch. All I have had to replace are the shocks, starter, battery, and timing belt. After lots of rough-road driving in the desert, especially Death Valley, it still has no rattles and everything still works.

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