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Isuzu Rodeo



  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    I have discovered really weird "feature" yesterday and thought that somebody might be interested to know about it. I noticed several months ago that outside mirrors don't move to the upper right direction. I blamed it to the control unit and took it to the dealer. The first dealer said they "couldn't duplicate the problem" and "there's nothing wrong with the car." Well, that dealer messed up two times on oil changes for me, so I didn't take them seriously. Yesterday I took it to another dealer for an oil change and mentioned this problem. They did say that the control unit was defective and replaced it. However, when I picked it up, I realized that it still does the same thing. They took it back to the shop and called me couple hours later saying that it's normal operation and "the motors designed in such a way that there is no movement in that direction." I didn't buy it at first simply because if it's true on left mirror, it should be reversed on the other one, but it was always the upper right direction. When I stopped to pick it up for the second time, I asked one of the sales people to let me in the brand new Rodeo that they had on the lot. Well, as weird as it sounds, it did the same thing. I tried a brand new '02 and tried to adjust the mirrors (both left and right) by pressing the control switch in the upper right corner and it didn't move a bit. Still doesn't make much sense to me but that's the deal. The sales person was really confused too and said that "no way he is telling that to his customers."
  • bahmedbahmed Posts: 66
    ziemann, as per the, you can get the service manuals at.

    To order Isuzu service or owner's manuals:
    Helm, Inc.

    Hope this helps.
  • Hey folks.. A friend of mine told me about this place. Thought I would give it a shot. I have a 95 Isuzu Rodeo and just recently the check enging light came on at the same time the speedometer and odometer competely stopped working. I am assuming that is why the check enging light came on. I am relying on my rpm's to gauge my speed and its sucks. All of my other gauges work just fine and the the engine runs great. Any suggestions on what to check and how to fix my delima without taking it to the shop would be really appreciated. If you need anymore info let me know.. Thanks!
  • My speedometer cable and/or gearing (can't remember) broke a few years ago. It gave me the same symptoms. I had it fixed under warranty. The check engine light is a symptom of the speedometer problem, not a separate problem.
  • If anybody has any suggestions on how I can check the speedometer cable and gearing myself that would be great. At least now I know what to tell the mechanic if I have to take it into the shop (thanks anthony2n).
  • promopete-

    I bought my 2001 Rodeo from McKinzey-Bond (Southwest Houston) in March 2001. I have had the vehicle in for service only once since then for the 15K service and a check engine light (loose gas cap). My service advisor, Sean, was very courteous and helpful.

    Where did you have your Rodeo serviced?
  • 95 Rodeo: Just posted yesterday with a speedometer/check engine light problem. Posts 814 and 816. Well, this morning my Rodeo quit running on me right as I got off the interstate. Had to get it towed off the side of the exit. Symptoms: I can start the engine just fine and can keep the engine running as I've got the gas pedel pressed. But as soon as I let off the gas the engine dies. All my gauges with the exception of the speedometer/odometer seem to be working. Does this sound like a fuel pump problem maybe? If not, anybody have a similar experience and can give me some insite? Thanks!
  • I am the owner of a 98 rodeo, I have had three fuel pumps replaced in the year and a half that I have had the vehicle. All times it wouldn't start at all, it would turn over strong, but wouldn't catch and stay running. I dont' even want to talk about the issue of mine, but I don't think yours sounds like a fuel pump.
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    I don't think the problem is fuel pump either. We had similar problem on '89 Maxima that we used to own several years ago. The car would die at every stop light. We took it to the dealer - it was a painful experience having to drop it to "N" and keep pressing the gas pedal at every stop light. It turned out to be the "air flow meter." As I understand it, the gas was not quite mixing with air properly and that caused an engine to stall. On my Rodeo, when it was brand new, I had a problem when it would start and RPM's would immediately go to almost zero causing an engine to stall often. If I kept them high for 10-15 seconds - it would run flawless after that. Dealer had to reprogram "the computer" to fix it, but as I understand the censor that had to be reprogrammed was controlling the air flow as well.
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    Anybody knows if they make a repair manual for '01 Rodeo? I couldn't find anything in Chilton selection or anywhere else. Thanks...
  • The CD version is like 125.00. Well worth it if you plan on keeping your SUV for awhile.

    Also, read up about it here:

  • I am considering purchasing a new 2002 Rodeo. They currently have $4000 cash and they also list 0% financing for up to 72 months. Nowhere do they state that these are mutually exclusive offers. Hence, it appears I can get the $4000 and the 0%. Does anyone know if this is true?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    0% OR $4K cash incentives is the rule IIRC.

  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    Thanks! I'll look it up...
  • i have a 2002 rodeo 4w drive. can i use the 4 wheel drive at high speeds and for an extended lenght of time.also i have a power button ,what does that do? thanks
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    You can use it at high speeds, but not on pavement, you must use it on mud/snow/dirt/sand.

  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    Don't forget that you need to switch to 4WD before you get to speed of 40-45mph
  • Does anyone know if there was a recall on the ABS system for the Rode/Passports for 1999? I have a 99 Passport EX with leather and love the thing but I've had problems with the ABS light coming on. The dealer says I need to replace one of the sensors and it's going to cost me $350.

    Also wanted to know if anyone else is hearing a rattle when accelerating? My Passport has been making this tinny rattle for months. Brought it to two dealers and they checked and said they think it is a baffle in the muffler. Has anyone else encountered this problem?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    You can shift on the fly in Isuzus up to 64mph.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm not sure the '99 has the recall, I know the '98 does.

    The rattle is either the muffler or heat shield. Somewhat common problem as far as I know.

  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    Mike, I suppose you can, but on mine it takes a while to shift if I do that at over 45-50 mph
  • Been trying to look for a 02/03 Rodeo LSE out here in LA. I've checked out a few dealers and nothing to be found. Quite a few Axioms, and the short one, but no LSE's.

    Anyone know if Isuzu is planning to stay in business or what?

    What's the deal?
  • My 2002 rodeo is consuming excessive amounts of oil. Can someone tell me how dealers test for oil consumption? There is only 15,000 km on the motor, it was a test car from the dealer. It must of been driven hard.

  • I think the deal is that you have to take your truck in say once a week and the dealer will chart the oil useage. If it is more then 1qt/1000 miles you should get a new engine. If your at 0.9qt/1000 miles well your within spec, according to the manual.
  • I have an 01 Rodeo with radio/cassette and want to install a CD player or changer. I few new and used OEM units show up from time to time on ebay, and Im wondering what impressions/experiences people have with the stock Isuzu cd players or changers? I like the in dash models but have heard they are not very reliable, especially the 6-cd changer. Appreciate any info, thanks in advance.
  • I have a 99 Passport and purchased the 6 disc indash CD player ($800 installed). It started malfunctioning so I brought it into my dealer and they said that it would cost me $250 and they would send it to the manufacturer. It would take about 6 weeks and I would either have a refurbished one or get this one back fixed. I rarely used it but thought I'd get it for it's resale value. Now I wish I hadn't. I called Isuzu and they said they would do the same thing. If I had to do it over again I would buy from a local stereo installer as I believe they would stand behind their product better than Honda/Isuzu.
  • Way to many folks have had these replaced. Use that amount of money and buy an aftermarket head unit (which you may already have to do if your stock unit will not control the extra add on cd player). And you'll still have some $ left over for some new speakers. I was at the same point you were 2yrs ago. The stock speakers will handle the extra power nicely!
  • Thanks very much for the advice on the Isuzu CD players. Ill start looking for an after market unit and ignore the stock units on ebay.
  • The newer unit (2001-2002)? is much more reliable than the older 6 disc changer. It has a one piece faceplate that also contains the radio and tape player. The older model was a two piece with a separate faceplate for the radio and tape. The newer model will also fit the '98 - 2000 Rodeo's and Amigos. I bought one from a stolen-stripped 2001 Rodeo at a salvage yard and put it in my '98 Amigo and it works great. I also have one in my 2001 Rodeo and it has also been flawless. I have heard nothing but bad things about the older unit but the newer unit seems fine to me.
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