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#26 of 2315 98 Rodeo Lemon - PING: cyong
Dec 29, 2000 (5:19 pm)
I have: 1998 Rodeo S V6 2WD, black w/gray, auto, air, CD, cruise, tilt, PW, PL, driving lights, painted bumpers and trim, roof rack, 15" steel wheels, remote entry/alarm. Leased new 8/98 now 36,000 mi.
cyong: Man, you've got one bad truck there. Unfortunately you can't take advantage of the lemon laws because they've managed to fix the major problems within 3 tries. The nagging squeaks and rattles won't count as lemon problems anyway.
My '98 just went in for it's second warranty service last week. Here's the scoop:
A) Right front window tint (aftermarket - top grade) scratched by something inside door: loose electrical connector reattached. Dealer claims Isuzu not responsible for window film, but I haven't played my last card here.
B) Right rear window squeaks when operated: tracks greased
C) Rattle in front while driving: bumber bolts tightened. (rattle back again this week.)
D) Recall - axle bolt problem: bolts replaced.
E) Seat belts (the 4 w/shoulder harnesses) dont retract properly: dealer said normal. Well, I guess if you don't mind an empty seatbelt sparking down the road, it's normal. Not the end of this.
F) Gas gauge failed intermittently: replaced sender and recalibrated.
G) Passenger recline handle pops loose easily.: Part ordered.
My first warranty service fixed a broken vent selector knob on the climate system (fixed), a recalled accelerator pin problem (fixed) and air in the brake lines(not fixed). Actually, the service advisor argues as to how I knew that there was air in the brake lines so I explained the symptoms and that's what he wrote down. The service mgr couldn't see the problem (must have been a moron) so I insisted that the brakes be bled and the problem was somewhat better but not perfect. I've learned to live with it for now. I inquired about the vibration problems that plague many Rodeo owners and myself and the dealer insists there is no problem.
What this boils down to is that the Rodeo is not a top-quality vehicle. There are many items that leave something to be desired. Most of the troubles that remain I blame on the poor dealerships that service Isuzu. I will never buy one again. I had just as many (but different) problems with my Jeep Grand Cherokee and also swear I will never buy another Chrysler product. My next purchase will most likely be a used MB ML320 or something similar. My keen interest now is safety. Since the crash tests have come out, I am very unconfident in my vehicle to protect my family and myself.
Anybody know a cheap way out of my Isuzu lease? I've got 20 months left.
Good Luck all.
#27 of 2315 Rodeo/Passport people and Isuzu people Isuzu people in general has moved to...
Dec 31, 2000 (8:21 am)
the owner's club
#28 of 2315 help? advise??
Jan 08, 2001 (2:13 am)
I leave my windows down in the garage all the time, and in the morning when I go to leave I roll them up and they are making a thudding sound. Is this normal for a 3year old car?
Jan 10, 2001 (1:04 pm)
I also leave my windows slightly down when parked but I don't hear a thud hen closed all the way up except for the sound when the glass hits the top. On the other hand, I sometimes feel a loud thud when I roll the window all the way own when it hits the bottom. Now I am care ful stop it before it hits the bottom.
#30 of 2315 Rodeo Rides Like A Dump Truck-Carrying Lemons
Jan 10, 2001 (8:01 pm)
I am leasing a 98 Rodeo S 4X4 and have had nothing but problems from day one. The day I drove off the lot I smelled gasoline. I pulled into my garage and noticed that there was fuel on the garage floor. It turned out to be a bad fuel injector. The front hood has now hazed at 28,000 miles. I've had to return the truck 3 times for safety recalls. Also, the air conditioning condensor went bad and was replaced, but the system still sucks(no cold air, makes hissing noises). The highway noise and loud "almost honking noises from wind" are unbearable but you can't drown them out by turning up the radio, b/c that system sucks too(especially the rear roof bar speakers). The anti lock brakes give out when you brake over unsteady groud. The tires squeal even at 2mph turns. Rattles and shakes are too numerous to mention, and bolts and hinges have fallen off left and right(I just lost a mud guard)
Finally, last Thursday I noticed that the antifreeze bottle was empty and then checked the radiator, which was bone dry as well. When I checked the hoses and groud for stains and found none, I became really worried and my concern was justified, as I was told by the dealer that it is a blown head gasket and cylinder heads. The truck has been sitting there for a week and Isuzu still has not sent the parts to fix the piece of #$%^. This truck only has 28,000 miles and it feels like it's been in the shop more than my driveway. Please do not buy one!!!!!!!!!
#31 of 2315 98 was a Re-design
Jan 10, 2001 (8:11 pm)
Whenever there is a re-design, you have first year growing pains. Look at the Escape/Tribute or just about any other early model car. The 99, 2000, and 2001 are much improved. Wheel squeel is probably related to the fact that there is low tire pressure. Any RWD car is going to have wheel squeel if you are turning and hitting the gas, especially if the TP is low.
#32 of 2315 Front License plate bracket
Jan 13, 2001 (11:54 am)
I just moved from Georgia to California. California requires a license plate in the front. Unfortunately, ISUZU does sell a license plate bracket for ISUZU RODEO 2000 - Has anybody run into a similar problem? I would appreciate any info on how to mount a license plate on the front umber of my RODEO 2000. Thanks!
#33 of 2315 Front plate
Jan 13, 2001 (9:58 pm)
In NYS they require a front plate. I'd go see my local Isuzu dealer and explain that if they want your business in the future, they should get one from Isuzu for you. I belive they are free from Isuzu.
Jan 16, 2001 (9:31 am)
Thank you for preventing my wife and I from making the mistake of getting a Rodeo! We're currently looking for an SUV, because we're planing a family. So far we like the Dodge Durango, the Toyota 4-Runner, and the Isuzu VehiCROSS, and Rodeo. I've been leaning towards the Isuzu because the warranty is so good, and I won't have to worry about her being stranded while I'm out of town. My favorite is the VehiCROSS, but we're open to suggestions. Please give us your opinions on the best pick for durability, safety, and reliability. Thanks again!
#35 of 2315 Vehicross
Jan 16, 2001 (9:40 am)
Trooper is an excellent value. You can get a 2000 for around $24+K w/ every option except leather. I'd post over in the owner's area of the edmunds town hall, we have a good group there, and they'll answer just about any question you have. Also if you are in the NY area, my dealer has a vehicross on the lot. Grey color. Great vehicle but difficult for adults to get in the back seat and kinda inpractical, but an excellent 2nd vehicle.