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Isuzu Rodeo



  • 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.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's up to each individual dealer. No companies except for the luxury divisions (Caddy/Acura/Lexus/Infinity/MB/BMW) supply a loaner as part of the warranty. *Some* may provide a vehicle if the vehicle is undrivable, yours unfortunately is not undrivable so you can't really hold them to it. I think you are being un-reasonable in asking for a rental on a car with a bad blower motor.

  • nato1nato1 Posts: 102
    you live in ny, and I live in Mass, I would think that not being able to clear a windshield is a safety issue. Would you drive your trooper without a blower motor? If it was warm out, I could care less. I am not asking for another rodeo, just something that can go from point a to point b. It is maybe 32 degrees today (in the sun)? Anyways, that what I had expected. Thanks for the opportunity to vent. Hey, what happened to my post?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I've driven vehicles w/o blowers before, so yeah it might bug me a little, but the vehicle isn't incapacitated, ie: it still drives. Also like I said no company gives out loaners as a Std. Operating Procedure. I'd call around to some dealers and see if there is one nearby that would have given you a loaner for future reference.

  • nato1nato1 Posts: 102
    Actually I had a similar experience with Honda, and I traded the Accord in on a '02 Hyundai Sonata, they give you 4 days $25/day on warranty. It's not much but it would work in this case.
    The dealership that I bought the vehicle from changed hands, and the new owners seem different. The calls don't get returned, etc.
  • nato1nato1 Posts: 102
    I have a 2000 Rodeo with 18k miles. The blower motor seized and took out the resistor pack with it. Funny how a $100 (guessing) blower motor protects a 25c fuse.
    Anyways, The dealer still doesn't have the parts (6 days) and the vehicle is needed. My understanding is that if a warranty repair that cannot be completed, and renders the vehicle undrivable, then the owner is a candidate for a loaner vehicle.
    I called Isuzu, talked to the Massachusetts case manager (Maurice) and he said I was "S.O.L." (short on luck, not really :) but to get past the edmunds screeners) Is it me, or is this wrong? After this I will not buy another Isuzu, even Hyundai is more help than Isuzu. Did you see the '03 powertrain warranty drop to 75k miles?
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    just replaced one on a 97 and it was about $300, same problem as you have. No warranty unfortunately, but they did have the part in stock.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    first turn off the caps lock :-)

    How about getting a mechanic in the car with you when the problem occurs? Have you searched for Technical Service Bulletins on That may point to one common problem among all rodeo's? How about timing and/or idle adjusted? If it only stalls at rest, it could something as simple as that?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Intake Manifold Gasket.

  • nato1nato1 Posts: 102
    I would agree with mike, It's about that time. An easy check for intake leaks is to take a propane torch (un-lit and on) and move it around the mating surfaces of the intake. You will here the engine speed change when you find the leak. You may also want to disconnect and plug the brake booster port (for testing) to see if you have a leak in the booster.
  • I am wanting to buy a used 1996 S 4x4 Isuzu Rodeo, does this model come with the automatic locking hubs or the manual?
  • I have a 2000 Rodeo that will exhibit the same behavior if the gas cap is not cranked down sufficiently and I really jump on the accelerator. Removing the gas cap and reinstalling corrects the problem for me. You might want to check your EGR valve.

  • Thanks for everyones advice. I will try everything you suggested. It's nice to have someone to talk to when problems arise. :}
  • 57d57d Posts: 7
    The whining noise in my 2001 Rodeo with 4 cyl engine turned out to be improper clearance between the gears that connect the balance shafts and the crankshaft. I was advised by the dealership that this is a common problem on this engine. This engine is called a Holden engine with parts from quite a few sources and was asembled in Australia. Hope this may help if someone else is experiencing the same problem.
  • jminiejminie Posts: 2
    Engine in my Rodeo siezed on the way to work one morning. Towed directly to dealer. They claim I had no oil in the engine. I get the oil changed without fail at 5000 miles, so something pretty serious was up. I found that Isuzu claims 1 Qt oil per 1000 miles usage is "acceptable", though I've found internet threads that claim 1 Qt per 800 miles is what some people have found they were getting before trading off the truck. Being a mechanic in a previous life, I think this is extremely high.

    Anyone else run into this?

    1 qt per 1000 miles, 5 quart oil change (6.3 total quarts in engine), 5000 miles, equals little to no oil in the pan at change time.
  • What year is your truck and mileage?

    I have a 2000 and I was using about 0.5qt per 1000 for the first 15K or so. Now at 32k I use about 0.5qt per 3k. There are a bunch of other trends about oil useage on other boards. And yes many folks use 0.25 to 1qt per 1k. Also, you are correct that the manual states that up to 1qt/1k is within spec. Also, it states that you should check you oil every other gas fillup. After reading that in the manual and reading others posts on oil useage I watched it like a hawk. But now that the useage is minimal I only check it every 1k.
  • i bought a 2002 rodeo ,i now have 28,000km on it .i have to put in 1.0 liter of oil in every 3000km.i had a 1998 transport van before and it was never short of oil come 5000km.were is all the oil going? another thing i noticed is my gas consumption has increased.on a tank of gas i only register about 400km.where's the gas going?
  • drmpdrmp Posts: 187
    I own a '99 Passport (rodeo twin) and I thought the '03 Grand Marquis (GM) will be my next car umtil I drove it 600 miles straight. I had mixed feelings about it.

    The GM has excellent living-room sized seats with 8-way power plus lumbar on the front, adjustable pedals, very good road noise isolation, hugs the road nicely, soft on the bumps.

    However, there are other things that left me scratching my head. The engine which is supposed to have more more torque and power felt rather weak. My 4x4 passport which is heavier can jump off the line with ease and with no sign of srain. The steering becomes numb and rubbery at about 80 mph and I had a hard time keeping the car inside the lane. In contrast, I can aim and shot with pinpoint accuracy in my passport at 80 mph, can even do a quick evasive maneuver in my passport without "wandering". And I thought GM's biggest improvement was the steering.
  • nato1nato1 Posts: 102
    I have a '02 rodeo ls v6 (19k), and the dealer has always changed the oil, they are cheaper than the quick lube. It uses about 1/2 quart per 3000 miles. I don't know how a vehicle using 1qt per 1000 miles can pass an emission inspection. That's a lot of oil to be burned.
  • drmpdrmp Posts: 187
    and had excellent numbers at the emmision test. I guess the catalytic converter on these SUV's (rated as LEV) are pretty good in burning up the the pollutant byproducts.
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