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Isuzu Trooper
The Isuzu Trooper had quite the reputation heading into the mid 1990s—a strong one, formed around tough off-road ability, a versatile, family-sized interior, and a bulletproof reputation for reliability. It was regarded so well that even Honda partnered with the Isuzu to market a gussied-up version of it as the Acura SLX. Then in 1996 Consumer Reports singled out the Trooper for a claimed tendency to roll over in abrupt emergency maneuvers. Sales dropped notably amidst the controversy—otherwise the boom years for family-sized SUVs its size. In a defamation trial, a jury in 2000 found the magazine to have made several false statements, but that they weren't made maliciously or hadn't damaged Isuzu. History has seen it otherwise, though, as the reputation of the Trooper (and Isuzu) never did fully recover.

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9 infamous cars with an undeserved bad rep

February 26, 2014

By Bengt Halvorson for The Car Connection

In automotive history, there's no shortage of cars that were poorly conceived, built, designed, and/or engineered—and for one or many reasons, fully deserving of their bad rap.

But there are plenty of models (like the Kizashi above) that didn't deserve their bad reputations. And as all it can take is one scandal, marketing decision, or misguided ad campaign, these demerits can be easy to earn and tough to shake. Read through to see nine of the vehicles that didn't—or didn't fully—deserve their notoriety.

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