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Isuzu Rodeo, Honda Passport, SUV
#1237 of 2315 Should I buy it???
Nov 11, 2003 (7:29 am)
Hope someone will help me with my problem.
I am going to buy used (non-expensive) SUV and I found a Isuzu Rodeo 1998, 70K miles, 2WD, 2.2L, 4V, manual trans (I like manual). And they ask $5000 for it.
This car is clean and looks great, but I know nothing about Isuzu.
What is the average mileage for this kind of car? Is it too old 1998 for Isuzu? What do you think about the price?
I want to buy it and use at least 30-40K miles or 3 years without any problems, is it possible or it's a dream?
Please help me.
#1238 of 2315 1998-2003 2.2L
Nov 11, 2003 (8:25 am)
Oleg- You don't see a whole lot of information out there on the 1998-2003 rodeo 2.2L. This engine is actually a GM/Daewoo/Holden derivative. The same engine is in the Daewoo Leganza. Isuzu did put out a TSB that the timing belt on the 2.2L should be replaced every 60Kmi due to early failures. They are an interference engine. The only other issue I've heard of with this engine is a faulty crankshaft position sensor causing issues. They look pretty easy to work on & give you lots of room under the hood. I personally would stay away from the 2.2 because of its lack of power. It may get a few MPG's more than the 3.2L, but not much more due to the rodeo's weight. IMHO- I would not consider any 1998-1999 rodeo due to the fuel sending unit / gauge issues & the bad oil ring / oil consumption problems with the 1998-1999 3.2L. If the rodeo you are looking at was maintained well & you can bargain a bit on the price (isuzu's don't hold resale value well), that is a good amount of truck for the money. you'll likely get 2-3yrs of trouble free service out of it.
#1239 of 2315 coolant loss....
Nov 11, 2003 (11:00 am)
98 Passport-92,000 miles:
Same problem here, almost. Am losing colant slowly over the course of a week - 10 days. No indication of coolant in the oil, or oil in the coolant. Does not seem to be coming out the tailpipe, either. Level drops the more it is driven.
Took it to local import shop today, pressure check shows a small leak from the water pump. Leaking slowly from the weep hole down the underside of the truck.
Will get it replaced in a few days.
I was worried it more than this, so I'll take it.
Also, no overheat on the guage, stays at 40-45 % all the time.
Also, just FYI. Had to have the idle air control motor changed 2 weeks ago. Truck would turn over, but would immediately shut off. ICAM did the fix.
#1240 of 2315 should I buy it?
Nov 11, 2003 (11:02 am)
Thank you very much for your post. But I still do not have whole pictire. Does this car (Rodeo 1998) has a lot of problems or if I'll buy it I will use it 3 years without any problem?
Thank you very much again,
#1242 of 2315 3.5L direct injection
Nov 11, 2003 (12:38 pm)
Has anyone drove the 3.5 Rodeo. I saw in another forum a former Jeep GC owner is very happy stating it has a V8-like power and also stated what a misery owning the jeep with never ending problems.
#1243 of 2315 1998 rodeo 2.2L
Nov 11, 2003 (4:52 pm)
Oleg- I really can't point to any specific long-term reliabilty issues with the 2.2L engine. The rodeo's 5spd trannys & axles are reliable & well built, plus being 2wd eliminates a bunch of drivertrain hardware. Like any 4cyl truck, so long as you keep it cool, well lubed & don't run it too hard- it will last. I'm not sure the fuel gauge/sending unit problem applies to the 4cyl rodeos, but I know the fuel gauges on 6cyl 1998-1999 stop working every 40Kmi or so & need to have the sending units "adjusted" or replaced. Being a base model rodeo, there is not too many electronic gadgets to break. So that's a positive point as well. If the truck is clean, solid & drives well, I dont see why you wouldn't be able to double that milage w/out any major problems.
Nov 12, 2003 (9:43 pm)
The 2.2 in my Amigo has been flawless. I have 46k on it. The timing belt was changed at 30k due to a recall. I have had one warranty repair, that's it! I get 21.5 MPG whether it be city or highway driving. Power is not a problem for me because I'm used to driving diesels. If it looks clean and not abused, go for it. It will give you good service. If you're thinking about going off-road, forget it. If you need reliable transportation, the 4 cylinder will get you there.
Nov 13, 2003 (1:23 pm)
that the Rodeo's aren't that great?? apparently, that's all I've heard about Rodeos...even Edmunds says so...
Nov 13, 2003 (2:57 pm)
Edmunds compared it to a honda accord. Said it had a trucky ride and bad milage. Duh! Of course it's gonna be trucky and have bad milage compared to a honda accord!!!!!!
Don't buy it if you are looking for a soccer mom vehicle (cushy, plush, limo ride, echo/prius milage) you'll be very upset. But if you want a tough as nails truck that can take a beating... Look no further.