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#47 of 2315 Wish I hadn't leased it
Feb 17, 2001 (12:43 am)
I leased a '98 Isuzu Rodeo 4WD and only drove 26K miles in 2.5 years. My problems and experiences include:
1) A squeaking noise developed after 3 months of driving. After a few months of checking and checking posts in newsgroups, I couldn't find the source until I oiled every joint I could find.
2) If driving in heavy traffic, I can't turn on rear defroster as the car shuts off - drains the battery.
3) Consistent battery problems in weather less than 35 degrees.
4) Almost had 4 accidents due to car's failure to stop in wet road conditions. For instance a Beamer did a 360 in front of me. A Cherokee Jeep in the lane to my left was driving at the same speed was able to stop before reaching the Beamer. I on the other hand skid past the Beamer and stopped 40 - 50 ft beyond. This happened 3 more times at red lights until I got new brake pads at 13K miles but don't know if it was the cause of braking problems.
5) Taxi backed into my front bumper at approx. 30mph causing $75 damage to the taxi and $1300 to my bumper and corner panel. You can look at the underside of the bumper and see its poor construction construction
6) Bass sounds horrible.
7) Consistent rear wiper problems
8) Had to use the car jack once and guess what - it didn't work because the arm wouldn't fit into the slot.
9) The way the spare tire is positioned at an angle, ground clearance is not much higher than a regular car. I parked next to an Outback one day and noticed my clearance was lower than the Outback - go figure.
10) Takes a couple of tries to get the car started.
I will return my car in June with 10K under my allowance as I truly feel it is not a safe car to drive, especially in wet road conditions and would urge all Rodeo owners to get their brakes checked as 98 is the first yr of the new model.
Feb 17, 2001 (1:03 am)
I am glad the family in that accident came out of their ordeal fine but let it be known that the Isuzu Rodeo has one of the worst crash test results as the passenger compartment crumples and severe leg and foot damage occured in test dummies. In comparison to all mid-sized SUV's, it is one of the worst performers.
#49 of 2315 i need your advice
Feb 18, 2001 (11:39 pm)
I just got a 98 rodeo LS 2wd
I noticed how the ride can sometimes be bumpy and how sometimes it's smooth. (On the same road same speed)
Also car stops fairly quickly in dry weather, but in wet it doesn't stop.
Is there anything that can do to improve my ride?
#50 of 2315 Tires?
Feb 19, 2001 (8:15 am)
Perhaps you need some tires? I'd suggest some Pirellis or some Michiliens.
#51 of 2315 Karman1 - Bumpy ride
Feb 19, 2001 (3:06 pm)
I have a '99 Passport (Rodeo twin) and I can tell you that the factory shocks are CHEAP, real cheap. It's only for smooth roads and not designed to be driven on rough surface which defeats the purpose of an SUV in the first place.
Actually, I believe the harsh ride contributed to the worsening body rattles. Since I switched to MONROE MATIC PLUS, the ride was MUCH MUCH BETTER. Softer on bumps and potholes and rebound is very much controlled compared to the "floaty factory shocks", I can feel that the wheels can follow the road contour as compared to the factory shocks the abruptly jolts you up. Body ratlles were not that loud anymore. I bought it www.A-1shocks.com for about 80 bucks including shipping.
Make sure you order MONROE MATIC-PLUS and not the other line of shocks there that they are discounting and offering promos. This one has no promo but delivers a car-soft ride. Part numbers are 32336 front and 32337 rear.
I'm have more than 10,000 miles on my monroe and very very happy. I should have bought them earlier, maybe my SUV could have much much less rattles.
I tried Bilstein before the Monroes, the Bilstein are too stiff for my wife's taste, especially on long drives. IMHO, the Bilstein have superior road control, corners very flat, but I can feel every peeble on the road. Besides, the Bilstein costs about 190 bucks.
Bottomline, it depends on your taste. I prefer more comfortable ride.
#53 of 2315 thanks you guys
Feb 20, 2001 (9:54 pm)
What about stoping in wet weather,
i had good tires on it , in good condition, and the brakes are good.
Is it me or , is the way the the car was made
#54 of 2315 Karman - ABS
Feb 21, 2001 (4:46 pm)
The ABS problem has been mentioned a lot of times already and some wrecked their Rodeos due to inability to stop in time.
It turned out that the Rodeo's ABS logic is very simplistic and too sensitive. It kicks in when slowing on bumps. Once it kicks in, stopping power is so inadequate that you risk of running over people or hitting other cars.
I had a number of close calls because of it. I now learned to abort the ABS and improve stopping power by reducing the pressure on the brakes and reapplying it again. And repeat the sequence if the ABS kicks again in a very quick succession.
The ABS brakes (in general) is intended to maintain directional control while stopping. But the Rodeo's ABS gives up too much stopping power. It doesn't feel safe for me and I scared to let my wife drive it.
#55 of 2315 Amigo/Rodeo Sport
Feb 23, 2001 (11:43 am)
I'm shoping around for a new car, and right now I'm pretty much set to buy a Rodeo Sport/Amigo 2001. I based my choice mainly on parameters like engine power, mpg, reliability and, ahem, safety. I'm looking for a mini/mid-size SUV that will be able to do 0-60mph in under 8 seconds preferably, or maybe 8.5-9 at most. I've read the crash test reports on Rodeo and Amigo, and seems like Amigo is actually a bit safer than Rodeo. Still not as safe as other cars, but I guess there's a tradeoff here: if you want high degree of protection, the car has to be made heavier or with better materials (look how BMW X5 and Lexus are rated....good across the board, but can you afford a 50K pricetag?).
What I'm asking is this: being Rodeo/Amigo owners, would you advise to buy the car? I dont have a lot of time I could spend at a mechanic fixing the car all the time. (I realize that every car has to be fixed sometimes, but it doesnt have to get ridiculous, like with my Blazer '93, which requies a $500 repair once a month). I wold be willing to make certain modifications to the car to improve safety (is there a fix for possible rollover on sharp turns/lane shifts? Dealer recommends getting the Ironman package, with Intelligent Suspension System). If you dont recommend this type of car, what would you recommend instead?
Thank you very much,