1997 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L from North America
My worst decision, ever!
Rear passenger window stopped going down at 35,000 miles.
Belts have been squealing since 25,000 miles.
Dash lights went at 60,000 miles.
Wheel lug bolts snapped off before/during first service.
Engine started tapping at 55,000 miles (I was told it was normal, and okay).
At 104,000 miles my tapping engine blew (I was told that this, too, was normal, and the chances of getting a used one were slim).
The charging system is so unstable that I can't use a power inverter on trips (for a portable DVD player or Playstation 2).
This is the noisiest auto I have ever been in (windows up or down).
The seats are the most uncomfortable I have ever been in.
I cannot get the belts to stop squealing.
I put in a second engine ($3,600) with a 1 year warranty and that engine is now tapping, too!
The air conditioning still works great!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th August, 2004
21st Sep 2004, 08:10
My cousin has the same tapping noise in her rodeo. So it may be normal for the engines to stink!
30th Sep 2004, 14:41
Duh that's because Isuzu is now own by GM, and they put an American piece of garbage engine on it...
4th Jan 2005, 12:05
I too had to the tapping problem on my 97 Rodeo. The tapping noise is from the rocker arms going bad. The repair of just the rocker arms alone is anywhere between $2400 & $3000. You can change your oil every 3K miles & it won't prevent the rocker arms from going bad. Rodeos are built in Indiana and not Japan like the Isuzu Trooper, so you won't get the extended miles on your Rodeo like you would with the Trooper. If you have to get a new engine, get a Jasper engine and not a dealership rebuilt engine since Jasper uses higher quality NEW PARTS and offers a 3 year 75K mile warranty on labor and parts. I feel for everyone with the rocker arm problem.