When it comes to 80s and early 90s off-roaders, three names come to mind – Mercedes-Benz with the G-Wagon, Land Rover with the Range Rover and Defender models, and Toyota with the 4Runner and Land Cruiser. But one of the more popular and capable off-roaders in the period came from Isuzu, with their stellar Trooper.
The Trooper was sold in the U.S. for two generations between 1983 and, somewhat amazingly, 2002. But one of the more crazy aspects of Trooper history was the number of variants that were produced under other nameplates. Of course, the Trooper was famously re-introduced as a Honda Passport in the last 1990s, as well as under their Acura brand as the SLX model. Neither were particularly successful. But the badge engineering was far from over there.
In some parts of South America, the Trooper retained its name, but was sold under the Chevrolet nameplate – and it was oddly offered in Asia by Chevrolet dealers as well. In Japan, in addition to a Honda variation and Isuzu’s own sales, Subaru borrowed the Trooper too for their Bighorn model. New Zealand and Australia of course ended up with Holden-badged examples, one of which was called the Monterey. And that name carried to Europe, where the trooper was sold under Vauxhall (UK) and Opel (Continental Europe and Ireland) throughout the 90s. Well, one of those Opel Montereys has made it to the US….
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Model: Monterey RS 4×4 Turbodiesel
Engine: 3.1 liter turbodiesel inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 88k kilometers (~55k mi)
Location: Cream Ridge, New Jersey
Price: $9,300 Buy It Now
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I’ve certainly heard the argument that the 968 had the largest post-War inline-4 production engine at a massive 3-liters. Well, this Trooper has a 3.1-liter inline-four. With a turbo. Take that, Stuttgart! Of course, the result isn’t quite what Zuffenhausen would have made – 112 horsepower and 192 lb.ft of torque is nothing to really write home about these days, but if you’re looking for a torque-laden thrifty tower, this’ll do. Package that motor with a five speed manual, a dual-range transfer case, and a spunky three-door style with rear barn doors, and you’ve got a really cool alternative to the typical G. It won’t cost you anything close to even a rusty Mercedes-Benz, either, at less than $10,000. Of course, you’ll have to live with an oddball badge and endless questions. But maybe, like me, you slightly revel in that?
The Passport was actually an Isuzu Rodeo, but you’re correct the Acura was a very slightly disguised Trooper.
@McLoffs – you’re correct! I meant the Honda Horizon. There was also the weird Honda Cro$$road, which was a knock-off Land Rover. Hard to keep them all straight!
I should NOT like this thing….but I kinda do. Strange.
I really would have liked to see the underside BEFORE they fire-hosed the underside with undercoating.
Ain’t that the truth. 🙂
Gotta be 40lbs of mystery goop under that poor thing.
I’ve bought 2 vehicles from this dealer, a 97 Saturn SL2 and a 2001 Chevy Tracker v6, If you look at the dealers inventory you’ll see that they work hard to find low mileage non mainstream offerings. Both of the rides I pocked up had under 80k miles which I verified, they were amazingly rust free and both had the undercoating seen here. As was explained to me, these vehicles deserve to have everything they can done to preserve them as they have a metric shit ton of mileage left in them. Both of the cars I bought are driven by my college age daughters hat I love so much, I think that should say it all about the dealer….
A fascinating story and vehicle. My main question: what about parts? Trooper parts, probably not so hard to come by, but that engine was never sold in the US AFAIK.
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