2000 Isuzu Rodeo LSE from North America
CD player broke about three weeks after I bought it.
Check engine light on at 65000, then mysteriously disappeared. No idea why this happened.
ABS light on/off intermittently. Mechanic unable to diagnose issue with ABS. $200 labor and time.
Check engine lignt on at 85000, running ROUGH and stalling at stops. $500 later-a "tune-up", fuel-injector service, and new air intake manifold helped.
Starting problems-turn key for 8-10 seconds before engine will turn. Starter broke-$200. Replaced starter at 87000. STILL won't start properly. It generally starts OK first thing in the morning, but if I drive to the grocery store and get out for half an hour, it is a nightmare to restart it. Turn key for 8-10 seconds, press on the gas, and finally the engine engages with a giant plume of smoke.
I have been a maintainence freak and gotten all my fluid flushes and tune-ups and oil changes as scheduled. I used to LOVE this car, but now it just makes me sick-not to mention poor.
I love the 60-40 split seating.
Gas mileage sucks.
Great, roomy truck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd September, 2007
20th Jun 2009, 21:45
Did you fix the problem with the Rodeo taking 8 to 10 sec to start? If so, what did you fix?
24th Feb 2012, 21:57
Hard to start with a warm engine (with no misfire code) and black smoke after it starts, means there's a leaking fuel injector(s). It can be so bad as to hydro-lock the engine so that it won't turn over. If you think your truck has this problem, pull the spark plugs to see which one is wet and smells like gas. Then you'll know which fuel injector to replace.