1999 Isuzu Rodeo Reviews - Page 8 of 13

1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS 6 2 wheel drive from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 6 2 wheel drive Automatic
Distance when acquired111000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Disappointing

Faults:

70,000...Fuel tank indicator out

107,000...A/C compressor out.

General Comments:

1 belt drives all components. Once a/c compressor goes, have to replace or face breakdown. Very expensive compressor. If new, most likely will have to replace other components to get warranty. $2800 to fix. I made mistake of replacing with used compressor. Didn't make another 4000 miles before used compressor broke down. Had car serviced every 3000 miles, timing belt replaced at 100,000. Had design of keeping it another 60,000.

Now got to car shop.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th May, 2006

1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Solid reliable truck - Lots of Annoyances, ABS is Dangerous

Faults:

Fuel Sender @ 50K (reads empty with 1/2 tank left)

ABS Brakes @ 40K (These are dangerous... even after recall update => disable ABS ASAP)

Rear Window Noise (will drive you nuts)

Factory suspension is garbage (feels you crash into a wall going over a small bump)

Drivetrain is decent (dana 44 rear) really drives like a truck.

4wd is good and fun to drive in snow.

Burns Oil... 1 quart at least every 3k miles. Isuzu says this is normal.

General Comments:

Lots of annoyance... but it's actually been a very reliable/ relatively comfortable vehicle once the ABS was turned off.

ABS should not be trusted... even after the recall fix. ABS kicked in one time while braking under normal conditions (coming off a highway ramp) towing a boat. Pedal went to the floor. If I hadn't bailed onto the median with the rig... the boat would have been married to the rodeo permanently. Thank god for the manual tranny and downshifting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th April, 2006

1999 Isuzu Rodeo LE 3.2L V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.2L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired26 miles
Most recent distance110230 miles
Previous carBMW M3

Summary:

I am never going to purchase another Rodeo!

Faults:

I had to replace the intake head gasket around 66,000 miles. I had to replace the fuel sensing unit, because the gas gauge stayed on empty. I have a small oil leek, and I see the ABS light come on when the brake fluid is low, due to worn pads. My intermittent wipers do not work.

General Comments:

It handles better, now that I replaced shocks with heavy duty/stiffer model. However, now the since the vehicle is so light, the ride is hard. Seat comfort is okay.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th March, 2006

1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 3.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Previous carIsuzu 1996 Ford Taurus

Summary:

Great Truck - I will drive it til it dies!

Faults:

I guess I have had all the usage ailments associated with the Rodeo. Nothing glaring stands out as all cars no matter the brand have their issues. I was a little surprised with the driver seat as it has given way on the right side. I plan to replace it soon. The rear seat belts have been a little odd as well. I replaced the retractors (strange this is not a recall item or warranty repair)

General Comments:

The Rodeo has really been a good truck for me and my family. It hauls what I need and it performs well in traffic. It has not left me stranded and has actually been pretty affordable for a SUV. It was not my first choice in 1999 but I liked the styling so I went with it. Overall I have been pleased.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th February, 2006

1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carChevrolet blazer

Summary:

Average

Faults:

Intake manifold gaskets cracked and leaked at about 50k.

Fuel sending unit failed at about 40k.

ABS computer failed at about 60k.

Rear differential failed at about 2k (covered under warranty)

High oil consumption (about a quart per 2000 miles)

Transmission gear position sensor failed at about 70k.

General Comments:

Overall this car has been reliable, but I've had a few problems with it. Since this car has a GM drivetrain the problems I have shouldn't have been unexpected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th January, 2006

1999 Isuzu Rodeo S 2WD 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carAudi 90

Summary:

Good car. Semi-expensive to maintain

Faults:

My Rodeo S 2WD has the same just gauge problems as everyone else except not extreme. It only starts messing up when I have less than a quarter of a tank. No big deal, I just reset the tripometer and and know I can 240 miles on a tank.

It's rides pretty rough on the highway, shakes after 65 mph. It seems like there is always something to fix, but these are all maitenance issues with a car with 90,000 miles (putting in broken bulbs, breaks, belts & hoses).

General Comments:

Overall its been a good car, but is one that you have to maintain. Speaking of which my timing belt got changed 45,000 miles ago, is it a good time to replace that now to be safe?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2005

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 54 reviews