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Isuzu Rodeo



  • What's a lady to do. I want to change the shocks - sounds like Bilstiens the the way to go, but I'm not breaking these little finger nails until I have to out in the middle of nowhere. How do I find a local place to sell and/or install? I can find the Monroes all over the place, but not the better ones.
  • Does anyone know if Isuzu is planning on offering a diesel engine in any of their SUVs? If so where can I get information on this. Doug
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I've heard rumors, but it looks like Isuzu is gonna drop out of the SUV market completely...

  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    The most recent rumor I read was that Isuzu will offer an SUV based on the Chevy Trailblazer, and it may be available with a diesel. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting. If you want to read the info it is in a current Motor Trend online article about future vehicle forecasts. Sorry I don't have the link, but there is a pic of a Subaru Impreza for the article on their homepage.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    They have an SUV based on the Trailblazer the Ascendor, with V8 or I6 power. They may put in a duramax diesel in there. If they do it'll probably be available in GM trim as well so nothing Isuzu about it other than the Duramax engine. :(

  • jtk152jtk152 Posts: 139
    The 2003 Isuzu line up can be had at: Lets hope they stick around!!
  • Hi! My new Rodeo V6 has a strange smell. It only has 2000 miles and I have noticed it for awhile. It is almost like a sulfur smell and it seems to come from the right side of the truck. It gets inside when you open the passenger door. Anyone had this problem? I know I have to bring it in to get checked's just finding the time. Thanks for feedback.
  • Its normal. Its caused by over spray from the undercoating getting on the exhaust. As it heats up it starts to burn off. The smell will go away after the the first 5k for daily driving, and if you push it hard on the highway you will still notice it (after you stop) for another 5k. -Ryan
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's probably the initial burn in of the undercoating on the truck. I know subarus that come fromt he same factory in IN smell for like 6K miles.

  • 57d57d Posts: 7
    Bought my daughter a used 2001 Rodeo, 4cyl with AT. Has a whinning noise comming from front of engine which i suspect is the timing belt. Have eliminated the serpentine belt as cause. Has anyone had a problem like this. Would appreciate any feedback.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    They usually just snap and bang the engine dies.

  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    Another common whinning problem is the power steering pump if it is low on fluid or going out, I would check that next.
    I agree with paisan that it is unlikely to be the timing belt.
    It could also be the bearings on any of the pulleys, including the idler pulley on the t belt.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    I am experiencing a "thunking" noise from what sounds like the drivers side rear of my 95.5 Rodeo. I only occurs when I am turning right and have my foot on the gas. I am guessing it is drive line or suspension related, but I haven't found anything loose. My other possibility is the arm holding the spare on the rear door being loose. I t is puzzling because no noise is present when going straight and I hit bumps. Anyone have any ideas I would greatly appreciate them.
  • can some one tell me how fast i can go when i'm in 4 wheel drive high,and also i have a button near the gear shift for power what is it used for? does that mean that when i'm in drive it's overdrive and when i hit the power button i'm out of's a 2002 rodeo se...thanks
  • The transmission converts the torque to what ever power is required to move the wheels. (Think 10-speed bicycle). With an automatic transmission, the high gear is a direct driving gear. This provides the maximum torque required to keep the speed consistent. At a high speed the amount of effort on the motor weakens. With an overdrive transmission, the ratio shifts to .8 engine to 1 tires to allow the engine to rest at speed. Watch your tachometer to see the results. The overdrive drops the RPM which translates to less fuel burned, less effort, less wear and tear on the motor, less noise etc.

    Your "power" setting overrides the overdrive gear to maximize performance from the motor. Your RPM will approach redline prior to the shift change.

    Your maximum speed in 4 wheel drive is limited to your Trooper's ability to push two axles at an exaggerated low gearing. Be careful with speed in 4 wheel drive. Highway = 2 wheel drive. Foul weather/loose surface = TOD or 4 high. Mudhole-Wetlands-Soft Terra = 4 low.

    Sorry gear-heads, I may have simplified things.

    I hope this helps willie 340.

  • Keep in mind that the Rodeo 4x4 drive should only be used in snow, dirt, mud, and slippery conditions. DO NOT operate on dry pavement. As for maxium speed I think it is 50mph.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I have to disagree on the TOD.

    TOD should be used in any condition other than a perfectly dry day, when you are on the highway. TOD on a trooper gives you far superior handling especially in emergency situations.

    Back to the initial question, you can run 4-hi or TOD at any speed up to redline in 4th gear. Basically you can run it up to 100+mph.

    4-hi should only be used on dirt/snow/sand, whereas TOD can be used on any surface.

  • can someone give me some suggestions on how to increase horsepower on a rodeo 3.2 v6 nothing too complicated like internal engine reconfigerations thanks
  • thanks for the advice on 4x4 and the power button
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    There is a supercharger out for the 3.2/3.5l engines. That will bump HP but not much else will.

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