1995 Isuzu Rodeo V6 from North America
Money burning lemon
Relay for rear defrost melted when purchased (76,000 miles)
Seals in transfer case leaking when purchased.
Valve cover gasket leaking when purchased.
Clutch slave cylinder replaced at 85,000 miles.
Blower fan motor and relay replaced at 85,000 miles and subsequently replaced relay 3 more times in the next four months and finally replaced blower fan motor AGAIN because it was drawing too many amps and blowing the relay.
New clutch at 94,000 miles... dealership also broke transmission cone while trying to get the clutch out and it was a 3 week wait for the parts!!
Master cylinder leaking oil at 96,000... FSBO!!!
This is a fun SUV to drive... easy to handle, but that's the only good thing I can say about it. This is by far the WORST vehicle I have ever owned. I have owned it less than two years/20,000 miles and have already put more money into than all my previous vehicles combined. Even my mechanic wants me to get rid of it. There's always something going wrong, and it's expensive to fix.
Oh yeah, as far as the 4WD goes, you can't switch on the fly and you have to back up to unlock the hubs (and even that only works part time... I usually have to back up twice to get the hubs to disengage).
It's a dog towing even the lightest trailer if there is a hill to climb.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th January, 2004
7th Jan 2004, 20:30
I have a 1998 Rodeo and switch into 4wd on the "fly". It's a push button.
23rd Jan 2004, 09:23
I'm sorry you're having so many problems with your Isuzu, but at your purchase in acquiring it at over 70K miles, one has to wonder how well the original owner took care of it. It doesn't sound like it was taken care of, thus you're ending up with the headache, and that's too bad, because I've had 3 Isuzu's - bought new, or with less than 20K - and I've gotten well over 150K on all with little problems.