Used Car of the Day: 1986 Isuzu Trooper

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD is a 1986 Isuzu Trooper that's in the midst of a build.

Right now it's a rolling chassis that needs to have the engine and transmission put back in. There are about 145K miles on the engine, and the body does have a minimal amount of rust.

The interior is apparently in pretty good shape, with a radio that can accept Bluetooth, newer seats, a Ford Explorer center console, and a functioning clock. Apparently the A/C worked well when the engine was in place and the vehicle was also nice and quiet. There are period-correct window shades and there are window tints.

The suspension is worn but apparently that doesn't cause any issues with the ride.

The seller will also include what is listed as a "literal truckload" of parts.

If you want to see more, click here.

The asking price is $6,000 and this rig is for sale in Plano, Texas.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jun 26, 2024
    $6k for a project in pieces? Nah, these aren't really desirable. It's cool to see one with a body in decent condition, but that's all.
  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jun 27, 2024
    This is a solid, squared off two-box, "some assembly required". Once properly re-assembled, the buyer will have no trouble removing all the Isuzu markings and finding a three-point star for the grille. Voila! a Mercedes G class!
  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.