2001 Isuzu Rodeo from North America




My ABS caused me to have a four car accident, which I had no control over. I made a right turn and I had reached the speed of no more than 25 mph before my car started to hydroplane and fishtail out of control, and I wasn't able to control it.

My ABS had been popping on, and it popped on at the time of the accident. Even when my car was being towed away it was still locked up.

Also my airbags didn't deploy, and I was hit at speeds of 50mph or more 3 times by three different cars. My car was thrown in to the air and still not one of my airbags deployed and the car is total. But by the grace of god I survived this horrific accident.

I really feel that something should be done about this!!! (CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT) People are still out there in these cars with their lives are at stake, so we need to act now.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th August, 2008

2001 Isuzu Rodeo 3.2 V6 from North America


Nice truck that needs some special attention to become a great truck!


I bought this truck with a bad engine, and spent a weekend installing a junkyard engine.

The fuel gauge sender needed to be replaced. I bought this on eBay for $35, but there was a change on the fuel pump plug on my model year so I had to swap out on of the pigtails on the sensor. Also the fuel pump is held to the tank with a twist-lock that you have to turn by setting a brass or copper pipe against and hit this with a piece of wood to work it all loose. (Don't use steel tools for this step, it could be a serious fire hazard)

Lastly on this subject, on my 4wd rodeo, there was a total of 6 fasteners holding the tank to the car.

I had to replace an oxygen sensor (which is due around 100k miles)

Also, my ABS light is on. You can retrieve the codes from the ABS computer by putting a small jumper from pin 4 to pin 12 on the OBDII port and turning the ignition on. If you Google search "01 Isuzu rodeo ABS light" or something similar, one of the results is a PDF you can download that gives all of the error codes. Be warned however, it was my impression that the Pin numbers given in that PDF are backwards and I recommend you go by the label on the OBD port. Pin 1 is marked with a very small number in the plastic casting, and you just count down the row until you count to pi 4. Pin 12 is the pin immediately next to pin 4 on the opposite row.

Lastly, on the subject of oil consumption, I have a theory. It seems to me that the routing of the Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) system is the source for this. The hose coming off the PCV valve enters the intake manifold after the throttle body. This means that every time you decelerate by engine braking, the oil-vapor-laden air in the valve cover gets sucked into the engine at upwards of 30 inches of vacuum. I have put an open breather filter on the inlet side of the PCV system (passenger side valve cover) and rerouted the hose from the PCV valve to the air filter side of the throttle body. I also put a cap over the nipple on the intake where the PCV used to route to. (as for the other nipple on the plastic intake hose, this is where I routed the PCV valve into. While this method allows some un-metered air into the engine, it has made a significant difference in the oil consumption.

Furthermore It is my opinion that the poor fuel mileage is at least somewhat attributable to the fact that the engine is burning so much oil (in some cases) that the oxygen sensor and the catalytic converters become coked up with oil, and are unable to work properly.

General Comments:

This is a great little truck with lots of room and power. The bad reputation that Isuzu vehicles have earned I attribute 100% to dishonest dealerships. The truck its self has only a few snaggles, which the home mechanic can tackle with the help of online resources.

Because of the bad rep that these trucks have gotten, they have become a steal for DIY mechanics.

I bought my rodeo with a bad engine for $450 and bought a junkyard engine with 30k miles for $1200. For less than $1700 and a long weekend of work, I have a truck that still books out for over $6k.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2008

22nd Feb 2010, 19:57

Could you post an update to this? I am debating whether or not to get rid of my 2002 Isuzu Rodeo Sport. The catalytic converter filled up and the engine seized. We replaced the engine but don't trust the vehicle.

Did your fixes work?

Thanks, Toni.

11th Jun 2010, 18:22

Do you have any photos on the way you rerouted the PCV system? I have a bad oil consumption problem, but I love this truck and would like to try your method.