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Isuzu Rodeo



  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    No offense but we've been screaming about the Isuzu reviews for YEARS and never have they even dignified it with a response nor any change in their attitude. Like the "long term test" of the Rodeo where the resounding comments from all the editors was...

    "Its way too trucky, compared to my honda accord, and the gas milage is horrible compared to it as well" Well obviously it's an SUV, a truck-based one at that, it's not going to get milage like a compact family car, nor ride as well!!!!!

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    No offense taken.

    I just thought it was a pretty big leap to conclude that the reviews are useless based solely one one's disagreement with respect to a particlar vehicle.

    As an aside, I am always amused by some (not on this board) who insist that SUVs (read TRUCKS!) are more comfortable than cars. But that's just me!

    tidester, host
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I hear yah. I think that's only in their mind. That's why I have a few cars :)

  • Hi All,

    I'm looking at a 2000 2WD LSE 60K miles with:
    leather, power everything (except seats), sunroof, premium sound, premium wheels. Car looks clean. Requires 60K service, new tires, rear struts, fan belt, spark plugs. All about $1,200 in work.

    Seller is asking around $11,500. Does this sound like a bad, good or great deal to those of you in the know? Thanks for the help!
  • jtk152jtk152 Posts: 139
    rodeojoe, 11500 is real close to what kbb says. I'd set a max at $11K since it 2WD & work it down since it needs tires. That will set you back atleast $400-500. A full dealer 60Kmi service for a 2000 2WD would likely be over $500 as well. You want to change out the ATF, flush the coolant, new spark plugs, change the rear axle oil and inspect/ re-grease front wheel bearings.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    New 2003 loaded Rodeos 4x4 (!) (minus the leather) sell for 17K-18K in Illinois (check out They come with a great warranty and won't need any major service for another 4 years. That sounds like a good deal to me...
  • I just bought a new 2003 Rodeo 2WD, V-6 that is loaded. The MSRP was $25,102 and I purchased it for $16,397. Does this sound like a good deal? I felt like I got a good price.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    Congrats - That sounds like a very fair price (9K off MSRP) - what state did you get it in?

    Was it 16,397 plus tag, tax and title or was it the actual price out the door that included everything?
  • That was out the door price. I did purchase extended warranty and service plan. I financed $17,700. The service plan I thought was worth the mony because I have oil changes for 3 years every 3750 miles and every 8000 they rotate tires, clean fuel injectors and a few other things. I am a fishing guide and I put a lot of miles on a vehicle. Usually 15k-20k per year. That is why I bought the extened warranty.
  • I bought it in Longwood Florida.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    So you're not really looking for a confirmation of a good deal - you're just bragging :-)

    I hope that Isuzu dealer stays in business for at least another three years though. They're falling down like flies :-(
  • I really am not bragging, just curiuous if that was a good deal. The dealership has been around for 30 years. They are a Dodge, Isuzu, and Subaru. They should be there. I feel like it was. My neighbor bought 2. When they bought the first one I thought she just got a good deal, then 3 days later they bought another and she told me they were moving thme out for the 2004 models. I bought it New Year's Eve so htey were giving good deals.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    I'm joking about you bragging - yes, you got a good deal. Does it have leather? I noticed that not many 2003s, if any, have leather.

    I currently have a 2002 Trooper and wouldn't mind adding another Isuzu to my stable. I might hold off a year to get a 4x4 Axiom real cheap. Nice engine, a little bit better crash rating than a Rodeo, and TOD to kill for... But I've also been eyeing some Rodeos up north. I don't think they have that many good deals in Georgia.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    I'm from Atlanta also and one problem I have noticed is that the vast majority of Isuzus around here are low-end models and it is almost impossible to find one with leather and 4wd. I had a 99 Rodeo LSE with 4wd and everything that I just turned in on lease. When I tried to buy a new one, I could not find any 4wd making it hard to get a good deal.
  • Leather is the only option it did not have. From what I have researched and read it has all the other goodies. It is 2WD, but I really don't have any mountains to deal with in Central Florida. I like the Winter and Power buttons. They work great at the boat ramp. I owned 1 4WD in my life and the only time I ever used it was to play. Being a fishing guide I don't do that. As long as it pulls the boat it is all good. It really pulls the boat nice.
  • Sorry to hear your having problems. The key thing you can do are:
    1: clean the egr port tube(behind the intake butterfly).
    2. clean or replace PCV
    3. Clean egr and the egr tube.

    Then if you want to try to fix the rings you can warm the engine for 10 minutes, pull the plugs, dump a little Sea Foam down into the clyinder. Let it sit for a bit 20 mins or so. Turn the engine over to push the Sea Foam out. Then install the plug and your set. Now I have never done this before, so you may want to follow the instuctions on the sea foam and just dump a 1/2 can into the oil and run it for 500 miles and then change the oil. You can also add sea foam to the gas too.
  • I purchased a 2003 Rodeo 4WD 5-speed in a state without front plates and my sate(Illinois) requires front license plates.

    I called a dealer and they say it is not covered by warranty. They also said there was not "kit" for installing them.

    Has anyone installed front plates from scratch. Are there instructions? Is there a BOM? I do not want to randomly drill into my vehicle.

    I tried calling the customer relations and I gave up after 15 minutes on hold. I called again and they were decidely unhelpful suggesting I call the dealer. They had neither a BOM nor instructions. They also said it was not covered under warranty.
  • Call the guys at

    They will help you out.
  • I talked to They were very friendly, but gave me a similar answer to other dealers. Use a self-tapping screw, but when I pressed for what size they did not know. The best offer I got was from a dealer 35 miles away who said they would give me a few screws.

    I just want to know what the thread diameter and the length is so I can go to Ace Hardware and pick them up.
  • First I want to find out if something I heard recently is accurate. When I bought my 2000 Rodeo LS (new), I told the salesman that I change my own oil and air filter, and asked if this was going to pose a problem with the warranty. He said no. I then asked if I need to keep all my receipts and such when I do this and he said when the Isuzu service people examine a car for warranty issues, they will first determine if the problem is due to neglect and if it is not, the warranty will be honored. My previous car was an 11 year old Plymouth Sundance which I got in college, so this was my first car purchase and I stupidly trusted the salesman who sounded genuine. As far as the service is concerned, I change the oil every 3,000 - 5,000 miles and try to do it closer to every 3,000. Other maintenance I've had done at chain maintenance shop on schedule. My question is, if something powertrain related does come up, am I screwed as far as being able to make a warranty claim? If so, is there anything I can do (such as pay Isuzu for some kind of thourough inspection) to make sure that the warranty remains in place? I don't expect to have to use the warranty because Isuzu wouldn't offer it if they expected the car to break down in that time period. However, for peace of mind, I'd like to know it's still there.

    That said, I'm approaching my 60,000 mile maintenance, and it's a doozy. The dealership where I bought the car said it would be approx. $400. If my warranty is not going to be honored because I don't have receipts to prove maintenance was done, is there any benefit to having the maintenance done there vs. at Pepboys where it will be just under $300 and that will include cleaning the fuel injectors (this would be another $70 - $100 at Isuzu)?

    One last pair of questions. My check engine light came on intermittently about a month or so ago and the service manager at the dealership said to give it some time because there are some things that can cause this that will also correct themselves (ie. gas cap not being installed correctly). Well, the check engine light is no on continuously so I figure I better get someone to look at it and correct whatever is causing it. What are some common causes for the check engine light coming on? Also, my low fuel light has just started coming on and blinking. this starts happening at between 1/4 - 1/8 of a tank of gas, so it's not simply a low fuel indication. My gas mileage has fallen off sharply in the last 2-3 months or so, and I'm assuming that this could be related to one or both of these lights, but I really don't know.
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