2003 Isuzu Rodeo 3.2 Liter V6
Our real dilemma now is how to sell this car, but still be ethical and sleep at night
First, we drove the car off the lot and a day later we noticed the special trim that we had to pay extra for and didn't even want, but it was all they had - the trim was hanging off the passenger side door. Called the dealer and I was told to bring the car in because they needed to take a picture to send into Isuzu for warranty claims. Took the car in and the dealer never even took a picture, just wrote down what I could have told him over the phone. He told me I would hear back in a few days when the new trim came in - well almost two weeks later after not hearing from them - I called - they couldn't find my file and I had to bring the car back in for them to see what was wrong. Again, they ordered the part and two days later they told me it was in, well it wasn't the trim they ordered - they went and ordered the Isuzu name plate, so again - I had to wait another couple of days - the trim comes in and they fix it.
Second, at about 20,000 miles I took the car to Midas to get a oil change and I asked them to look at the brakes because I was hearing something funny - they told me the brakes were fine. Two weeks later the ABS light came on - I took it into the dealer the brakes were shot - we had to get completely new front brakes. Everything was under warranty except the stupid ABS light - it wouldn't go off, so they had to order a new light or something and we had to pay $300 for that.
Third, we had to get a completely new transmission and transfer case at 50,000 miles. Apparently, the transfer case was completely dry - absolutely no fluid in it, but yet we had no leaks - I don't get it??? And there was no warning that the fluid was low. Again, everything was under warranty, but the dealer is like 30 minutes from our house and it was pain because their courtesy shuttle didn't come out that far to pick me up - despite the fact I drove to them to buy a brand new car.
Then at 55,000 miles - I went back in to have the drive shaft replaced. I was without a car again for about 2 days.
Then at 60,000 miles the check engine starting going on and off. This turned out to be the intake valves. And they had my car from a Friday to a Monday - I picked up the car Monday night and drove about 10 minutes from the dealer when the light came back on - I almost purposely crashed it when this happened. Took the car back the next day and there was still something wrong with the intake valves.
Now, at 63,000 miles I'm noticing the gas gauge is totally wrong. I will fill up and 10 minutes later, I'm already at a quarter tank! Today, I was showing to be low on gas - close to E - then I got home and was sitting in my car talking on the phone and the engine was still running when I looked at the gauge and all of a sudden, it had a 1/4 tank of gas!
I'm also noticing the car to be shaking a lot anytime I'm over 50 mph. Not sure what this is yet and not sure if I even want to deal with it.
Do not buy an Isuzu!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th March, 2006
I second that!!! Do not buy an Isuzu!!!
A 4wd system needs to be watched and maintained as it's a part time system and can be prone to damage from neglect after long periods of inactivity. Say you didn't use 4wd for a year or something, then the 4wd system would probably be worn, locked, or something else would be wrong with it. Its not a thing to forget about.
Everything else = isuzu's fault.