2002 Isuzu Rodeo LS from North America


It is my worst nightmare come true


I bought my car brand new in 2002. I loved the look of the car. It was beautiful. then I got it home. I have replaced the oil, oxygen, parking brake and brake sensors numerous times each. Luckily it was still under warranty then.

At about 60,000 miles my air pump went out. It was replaced for $600 from the dealer. Then a month later the new air pump punched a hole in my radiator because of a screw that was not tightened all the way down. Of course they didn't cover that, so I had to put a new Radiator in. That cost a few hundred dollars. A year later that radiator went out too. I replaced it again for a couple hundred dollars.

My car has no working interior lights, no working rear windshield wiper or defrost. I have tried replacing fuses. That did not work. There is some sort of electrical short. The parking brake light however seems to work well because it has been on for a year and they can't make it turn off. They will replace the sensor which lasts a week or so and then it is right back on.

Now the transmission has gone out. It began with a slight miss. Sometimes it would not like to come out of park, or it would randomly slam to a screeching halt while you were driving because it was somehow sliding into park from drive. I took it to be looked at, they said there was nothing wrong and sent me on my way. Now a month later my transmission is burned up. I have no working car ant yet I still make a hefty car note and they want almost $3000 for a new transmission. I will never buy another rodeo.

General Comments:

The car has some serious manufacturer defects.

It is unreliable and expensive to fix when something does break.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th January, 2006

25th Jan 2006, 12:36

Perhaps this is why Isuzu is down to 1 re-badged vehicle in the US.

12th Mar 2006, 01:25

You guys need to put the blame on Chevy in regards to the transmissions. The auto's in these Rodeo's are the 4L30-E which is a GM transmission, not Isuzu's design.

And personally, if Chevy would've kept to themselves, and kept their own uncharted inventions to the "Chevy" vehicles, Isuzu wouldn't have such a bad name.

2002 Isuzu Rodeo Sport 4x4 3.2L DOHC V6 from North America


Isuzu Rodeo Sport - P.O.S


Since I've owned my Rodeo Sport, I've had the following problems:

1) Check Engine light came on @ 24,000 - it took the dealer 2 times to figure it was something wrong with the wiring inside the engine. They kept the truck for 8 hours to repair.

2) The instrument cluster lights have stopped working for the temperature adjustment knob. I have to turn on my map lights to see what temperature setting I have it set.

3) The CD changer has been replaced twice because it's a piece of crap. The wonderful 6-disc in-dash CD changer is crappy!

4) Every time I turn a corner, it feels like the truck is going to fall apart. I don't know what it is, but any sharp turns gives this horrible knocking sound. Ironically enough it never happens when the dealership test drives it. Go-figure?

I think that's all for now, but wait I'm sure more will occur soon.

General Comments:

If you want an Isuzu for the great price and cool things they have - go for it at your own risk. I've driven two Honda's (93 Accord and 99 Prelude) and should have never traded for the Rodeo Sport.

I guess their run has ended since they no longer make them. For the love - I just can't win! Otherwise, have a great day. Again - Buyer Beware!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th November, 2005

15th Aug 2012, 21:02

News flash... LOL an Isuzu Rodeo and a Honda Passport are the same thing :)