I bought my 1st. Trooper LS(Gemini)2.6 5 speed new in 1989. I had the engine rebuilt in about 2004. I had some mechanical issues with engine in 2008. I decided not to tear into it again but to try out one of these 2nd. generation Troopers (Jackaroos) thus the nick name; "Blackjack". I'm slowly learning that these are two extremely different vehicles.I'm not an extreme 4WD enthusiast but have had my share of mudding, rock crawling, water crossing, hill climbing and general off road fun. I have had all of my vehicles in every weather element and on every type of terrain just to test my ability and that of the vehicle. Since I enjoy the back country as I hike, backpack, camp, cycle, kayak and snowboard, I need a vehicle that I can pack to the gills and head out with all my gear on my adventures. Here are some pics of my 1st. Trooper doing what it did best. The 1st. generation trooper was just that, a real Trooper. It was a real truck, 4WD, jeep what ever label you want to brand it. It could get it self in and out of just about anything and with its narrow track it was suited well on tight jeep trails.