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I will say that they were good about calling me each day to update me on the repair status...
I bought it in Sept of '97. I have had it in the shop at least 20 times. All but one of the recalls have applied. In the ceiling (drivers side, by the moon roof) rattles so loud. It's been in the shop 7 times. Also have a thud when you take-off from a stop that it feels like someone just tapped you from behind (if someone did I wouldn't know it) it's been in the shop 10 times.
After a year and a half of taking it in to be fixed, the local dealer close to my home stopped servicing Isuzu's, thank god! I had to take it to a dealer about 45 minutes from my house, they fixed a problem with the rattle in the roof, they said the problem was that the tires had been way over inflated(by the dealer!) since then, no major problems. Until now, I leave my windows down at night while it's in the garage, and in the morning when I go to roll them up,they sometimes make a thudding sound. Is this normal for a 3 year old truck?
It doesn't seem to be coming from one area and I don't think it is from a window or door leak.
Anyone out there having the same problem?
If you add the factory roof rack and the 4 windows "rain and wind deflectors" you can imagine that we get some noise...:)
But never so loud as not to be able to listen to the radio(unless the windows are opened) even at 140 km/h.... As a matter of fact, I'd say that 4WD Hi (at 80-90 km/h) makes much more noise then all of the above(again as long as the windows are closed)...
Not sure what else it could be.
Another basic question
How important is waxing?
Do we need it to protect the paint?
A couple of times per year we go into the bushes(e.g narrow tracks into the woods where the branches/bushes would touch the side of the truck), so...
On the other hand we have this paint protection package and after each yearly inspection the dealer reapplies wax(it costs me CAN60 each time it reapplies it, so I'd like to know if those are money well spent, or not)...
Is a complete waxing operation different then the car wax/wash? I hope so
How much are body side moldings?
I've seen them listed at $50.43, is that for each?
And if so how much would be in total(is it as simple as $50.43 * 4 + tax + S&H + customs?)
Would they do any damage in long salted winter environment?(E.g. Could the salt accumulate behind them?)
This is only the second visit to the dealer since I got the truck on Nov. 1, 1999. First visit was for one or two minor things I don't even remember.
I'm also planning to have them change the coolant (I'm at 39,750 miles). I still need to find a mechanic or shop I can trust, because I don't want to pay dealer prices for my routine maintenance. I've basically given up on finding a knowledgeable shop. Now all I'm hoping for is someone who's willing to be careful, follow directions, and try to do things right. Any ideas on how to get some recommendations? I know absolutely nobody who drives an Isuzu. I can't even think of anybody I know off the top of my head who drives a Japanese brand SUV.
I usually do meguires wax 2-3x a year, and Hard Wax 2x a year as well.
1) Fuel Line recall
2) Whining noise in the front differential (the whine that everyone thinks is from the TOD)
3) TOD Check light 2x came on about 48-60hrs after deep snow driving and temp drop.
4) Windshield Washer Squirters only spraying out of 1 nozzle on each side (I think i jammed em with wax when I waxed it last time, hopefully they'll just unjam em for me )
that oil was down 2 quarts. Never ever checked oil level because vehicle only has 30,000 mile and change my oil regularly (every 3000).
Call izusu service/warrenty, said this is a common for these vehcile to use 1 quart for 1,000 miles.
I think this is rediculous, and never had a problem with burning oil on my vehicles.
Does anyone have this problem? Cannot be due to synthetics??
My question is, have any of you ever had any problems with the Rodeo A/T's? Any guesses as to what's making that happen?
Keep us posted on how you make out, and how the dealer honors/doesn't honor the warranty.
Replace all 4 tires at the same time....
If you all remember I've had a whine on my Trooper from around 10,000 miles to now (16,000) that could be heard from 30mph->10mph, but only when the TOD or 4wd Lo was engaged. Also had the TOD check engine light come on 2x over the past 6K miles. The 3rd problem was that after being in 4wd Lo, then going into neutral, and disengaging the 4wd Lo, TOD would not re-engage properly until I backed up 30 feet or more.
We thought it was either the TOD unit, or the front Differential.
Turns out, around 10K miles, I had gotten an ir-repairable flat on the right rear tire. I had replace the Bridgestone 684 tires of the same size on my Rodeo about 15K before my lease was up, so when I returned it I saved the relatively new tires from it for the Trooper. When I got the ir-repairable flat on the Trooper I threw on one of the saved rodeo tires and didn't think anything of it. Apparently the tire that I put on was 1/2" smaller than the diameter of the other tires on the truck. Either through wear or the fact that it was a "Made in USA" tire instead of a "Made in Japan" tire that the ones that came on the Trooper were.
This tire diameter problem apparently caused the TOD system to become confused and caused the noise. The re-mounted the spare tire onto the aluminum wheel for me, and bam, problem gone. All of the problems actually.
On this visit they also did the Fuel line recall, and cleaned out the nozzles of the windshield washer that I had jammed up with wax for me.
They whacked me $75 for the mounting of the tires and the balancing of them. Which isn't bad all things considered. I have to take my hat off for Open Road Honda/Isuzu in Edison, NJ for doing a great job diagnosing the problem with the least evasive procedure. Most other dealers would have ripped out the T-case and/or the front differentials and just back charged Isuzu, and in the end, never fix the problem.
So now, my baby is back!
when accelerating. Could this be from using cheap gas?
It is never advisable to use tires with different diameters on any "smart" 4wd/awd system. Because the sensors/differentials react to differing wheel/axle speeds, using a tire of a different diameter can fool the system into thinking that there is wheel slip happening all the time.
Obviously, this advice is too little too late, but others who are thinking about (or are already doing) this should think twice.
That's why Jeeps with Q-Trac systems come with full size spares. Doesn't matter with selec-trac, which is a plain open differential in the t-case.
I knew exactly what you are saying is true all along. BUT the tire that I put on to replace the ir-repairable flat was the same size, wear, style, brand, treadstyle etc. How was I to know that Bridgestone has a 1/2" difference in manufacturing?
Tire that came off: Bridgestone Dueller 684, 245-70-16 10K wear
Tire that went on: Bridgestone Dueller 684, 245-70-16 15K-18K wear
My dealer claims the tire that I replaced was 1/2" smaller than the rest. This weekend I intend to put the spare onto the truck and see if I can replicate the problem! Because if it is in fact the problem, it should make the noise again once I put that tire back on.