2000 Isuzu Rodeo LSE from North America


Not Again!


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.

General Comments:

I love the 60-40 split seating.

Gas mileage sucks.

Great, roomy truck.

Looks cute.

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.

2000 Isuzu Rodeo LS V6 from North America


It is a fairly good vehicle


In 2006 I had the transmission rebuilt on my 2000 Rodeo, because it would not go over 40 mph. The fluid level seems to be okay.

Now I'm getting a jerking motion every time I accelerate or when I come to a complete stop.

I would like to know if there is something that can be done without having to rebuild the transmission again?

General Comments:

Besides having problems with the transmission, I'm very satisfied with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th July, 2007

2000 Isuzu Rodeo LS 6 cylinder gas from North America


The Isuzu is a pile of trash after you put about 70,000 miles on it


I bought a 2000 Isuzu, and it ran very, very good, so we decided to get our daughter one also.

After purchasing another one, we then started having all kinds of problems with both of them.

First of all our gas light went on all the time after the gauge went to 1/2 tank. We were told it was the sending unit.

After 70,000 miles on the first one we bought, the transmission blew out all the fluid, and we took it to a transmission place, and they charged $150.00 to repair it. 2 months later it happened again, and we had to have the transmission rebuilt ($2,300.00).

Well not only was that a problem, but the second Rodeo's transmission also went out, and it cost $2,300.00 more dollars. The second Rodeo's transmission went out again, and it was repaired for $500.00 more dollars. It went out the second time, and the transmission person told us it was a very poorly built transmission.

General Comments:

Believe me when I say I will never ever consider buying another one, and would advise everyone to stay away from them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th July, 2007

7th Sep 2007, 00:20

I purchased my 2k Rodeo brand new and since then I have had 90k+ on it and still running strong. The first maintenance was done 48K for around $500, had issues with the transmission leaking oil and was repaired by the dealer covered under a factory 120K warranty. I just recently had the 90k maintenance done along with the transmission service for a total of $800. The truck is still running strong and still fun to drive. The minor issue that I have from time to time is the check engine light turning on when I am close to having the fuel tank empty, even after filling the tank the check engine light stay on for a while, but eventually goes away. I know that the fuel gauge indicator tends to go out and\or gives a faulty reading. I plan to run my truck until it give up, but it looks like it will be a while. My luck with the vehicle may have something to with me being the only owner since it rolled off of the assembly line and remember the truck was made in OHIO, U.S.A. or at least mine was.