• Isuzu Trooper Owners Club

    It's Like A Toyota Landcruiser ... Only You Can Still Afford One

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    Preserving The History Of One Of The Most (Unfairly) Overlooked 4x4s To Roll Off The Production Line

    Produced for about 20 years from 1981-2002, the Isuzu Trooper (also known as the Bighorn in some markets and models) is the cool, retro 4x4 from Japan that is actually affordable for mere mortals.


    With prices on the more desirable Japanese 4x4s like the Toyota Landcruiser and the Nissan Safari now at the point where only hedge fund managers, belt-holding boxers, and lottery winners can afford a decent example, you might be on the market for a piece of retro, off-road cool that is actually within reach.


    Enter the Isuzu Trooper/Bighorn. On this site I aim to work away at sharing information and answering questions about the Isuzu Trooper.


    I learned to drive in a first-generation Isuzu Trooper (a 2.8 V6 petrol, 5 speed manual model) and then spent much of my high school years ferrying friends around in a second generation Bighorn, which travelled almost 250,000kms in my family's ownership before being onsold at the best part of 400,000km.


    Like a faithful dog, the Bighorn is a loyal beast, and has been part of many happy memories for me and my family, doing all sorts of activities from ski trips, to hauling band equipment, to road trips all across the country, to assisting in a heat pump cleaning business venture.


    With Troopers becoming an increasingly rare sight on the road, I decided to spin off a little side project from my main car website (garagedreams.net) to put some focus on preserving the history of this slice of Japanese off-road cool.


    I hope you enjoy the site. You are welcome to submit your own Bighorn/Trooper pictures or videos at any time, as I hope to set up a gallery with user-submitted content.

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  • About The Author

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    Resident Isuzu Bighorn/Trooper Enthusiast

    Believe it or not, this isn't my only car site (in fact, this is a fun side project). Check out Garage Dreams for my main car site, which is focused on history and info about all sorts of interesting performance and classic cars. I also have a Hyundai i30N if you're interested in that, and sometimes I do things like build digital tools for fun e.g. this NZ GST calculator.

  • Got A Question?

    Fill in the form below and I will do my best to answer. Please note that this is very much a part-time project for me, so I can't promise to reply quickly, but I will do my best. I don't have my Isuzu Bighorn any more, so please don't ask if it's for sale either.