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Isuzu Rodeo, Honda Passport, SUV
#36 of 2315 jefprelude - Rodeo
Jan 16, 2001 (1:45 pm)
The newer (2001) Rodeos are not as bad as the previous ones. They fixed most of the bugs that ISUZU denied to acknowledge from the customers of earlier 2nd gen Rodeos.
If you like the Rodeo, you should find a good dealer that can assure you (in writing) the it will fix any vibration problems (most likely tire related) and address other minor issues, which is covered by the warranty anyway.
Maybe, the only major thing that's bad is the factory shocks, which can be replaced with aftermarket (replaced mine with Monroe-matic plus) shocks for only about 80 bucks. Or you can choose the ISC (intelligent suspension) which is very comfortable for an SUV, soft but has a more controlled bounce and dive. In fact, ISC is carried over to the newer ISUZU AXIOM.
Mine is actually a "99 Honda Passport (Rodeo twin), and I fixed minor squeecks and ratlles here and their. IMO, it is very powerful, silent, and comfortable especially on long drives.
#37 of 2315 Response to Message #23
Jan 18, 2001 (9:40 am)
I have a 1993 Rodeo that had similar problems. We were on a trip and the heater started acting very strange. When you stepped on the gas pedal the heater would blow real hard, when you let off, it would almost quit. When you turned the key off the heater would continue running and you had to shut it off. It was the alternator. This vehicle has caused me approximately $1,000/year in maintenance in the last 2 years. New starter, alternator, shocks, steering stabilizer, tune up. On top of that it has a knock that was explained to me (in simple terms) that if this vehicle had rocker arms then the rocker arm would be knocking on the cam shaft. The dealer recommended I not fix it. Just run it until I can't stand it anymore and trade it in. The cost to fix it? $3,000.00 plus. I want to get rid of this car so bad it hurts. Don't get me wrong. I love the vehicle. It is exactly what I wanted as far as size, I can throw my saddles in the back and not worry about them. I love the security of 4 wheel drive, but the repairs are killing me. I average $400.00 anytime I have to have work on it - which is often. I can't trade it in, without losing in the deal, so I am trying to sell it and fast. I hope you don't run into the same stuff.
#38 of 2315 repairs
Jan 18, 2001 (12:22 pm)
Those repairs other than the rocker arms, are all wear and tear items (alternator, starter, steering stablilizer, tune-up) It is a '93 afterall. and for $3000 you can get a whole engine for it.
#39 of 2315 96 Rodeo
Jan 21, 2001 (1:59 pm)
I am going tomorrow to look at a used 96 Rodeo, 5-speed manual transmission. I don't know much about the truck right now, other than its low miles and the dealer wants $12,995 for it. Anything I should look for? I am trying to trade down out of a 1999 Nissan Quest SE, too expensive for me. Is 1996 a good or bad year for the Rodeo? Thanks for any info.
#40 of 2315 Isuzu Rodeo 99
Jan 21, 2001 (11:16 pm)
On January 1, 2001 I was in my Rodeo LS 1999 with 4X4 on my way from
Cincinnati, Ohio to New Or leans, LA. Unfortunately, I hit a patch of "black
ice" on South 65 right by Louisville, KY. My car slid off the road and
down an embankment, we landed in a bunch of trees. If we had not been in
our Rodeo my husband and our two Jack Russell Terriers would not have
survived. Luckily with just a few scratches and bruises we lived. My
brother has made a Web page of the pictures from our accident if you go to http://mischief.dyndns.org/images/Chris_erika_accident/ you can see just how lucky we were. I think the Rodeo is a great car. Unfortunatley the only problem I am running into is trying to find a dealer who will give me a fair price on a new one.
#41 of 2315 Frost on the inside
Jan 22, 2001 (5:31 am)
I have a 98 Rodeo and just recently there has been a build up of frost and ice on the inside of the windshield and all the other windows. I called the dealer and they told me that it would be a waste of their time to look at it. The vehicle only has 30,000 miles. The service writer told me to wait until the spring and if it was still happening then he would recommend that I bring it in. To me it sounds like he wants me to wait until my warranty is expired.
#42 of 2315 need your help
Feb 12, 2001 (11:52 am)
I want to buy a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6Cyl 4A). I am in south FL. Is there anybody buy the Rodeo recently? Can you tell me the price? Thanks!
#43 of 2315 Post over in the Isuzu Owner's club
Feb 12, 2001 (1:18 pm)
You might hit more people there...
#45 of 2315 Buying a pre-owned SUV
Feb 13, 2001 (3:59 pm)
I am looking to buy another pre-owned SUV. I currently own a 1992 Isuzu Rodeo with 155,000 miles. I bought this vehicle used five years ago and it had 51,000 miles at the time. It has been extremely reliable. I am thinking about the 2000 Isuzu Rodeo but am concerned about safety issues with the vehicle. My husband and I are planning on starting a family in a year or two and safety is a concern. I have done some research on other SUVs and all of them have their pros and cons. Any suggestions...