For the past few months, my wife and I have been down to two cars (her 03 ML350 and my 01 F250) and I hate it, so I’ve been kicking around ideas for a beater. Currently I’m hung up on early 2000s Isuzu Troopers, and I wanted to know if anybody here has experience.

This is a 2002 for sale locally for $1000 with the full description reading “Fair condition, needs work.” Being a 2002, I gather that it has a 3.5 liter Honda V6 (edit: apparently it’s an Isuzu engine and I’m dumb), which I like.

So do these things suck or what? They seem like a big, sturdy, capable SUV that I wouldn’t hate owning. Also, they don’t seem to rust a ton...like every one I see is advertised as rust free, which is crazy in New England.

Any help would be appreciated. Oh, and alternative suggestions are welcomed as well.