27th Oct 2004, 09:02

October 27, 2004.

I own a 2000 Isuzu Rodeo LS and I have had constant problems with it. My main problem is that while I am driving and come to a stop the RPMS drop down and either the truck shuts off or it revs back and forth. Does anyone else have this problem and is there a solution to it. Even while in park, the RPMS go up and down.



12th Nov 2004, 11:23

I own a 2001 Rodeo with about 55,000 miles on it. Love the truck. No real problems. ABS light came on at 15,000 miles, simple fix covered under warranty. Only current problem is the rear wiper doesn't work and a slight vibration at speed. Only 4 more months and it's going back to the dealer at lease end. I would keep it, but with Isuzu's no longer sold in Canada, must get out or face huge hit when trade time does come.

24th Nov 2004, 04:43

I bought a 2001 Rodeo LS used with 18,000 miles. At the time what we did not know was it was a Company buyback most used Rodeos' are according to our Dealer.

We have had so many problems with this vehicle..4-5 front end alignment because of bad vibrations, then we were told it must be the tires we bought new tires Vibrations still there. The brake is hard like it is bouncing, front door seal gone bad, Engine vibrates like it is about to throw a valve. Check engine light is constantly on. Drinks gas, oil and Transmission fluid. Transmission light never came on although it was getting regular service the dealer did not put in any fluid claims they did, but it was empty when I checked, but we had no indications. Had to make a pump to put it in. The Battery has been changed countless times and it will still not start if you leave the door light on more than a couple of hours. It was a bad decision to purchase this vehicle and the dealer cannot help you and the Isuzu distributor refuses to help and they tell you that is normal.

Yeah Lemon. I am going back to GM vehicles.



10th Dec 2004, 08:13

I have a 2000 ls? rodeo. It has 94,000 miles on it. I just dropped it off at the dealer to get the transmission rebuilt. Again. First time was at 65,000 miles. So, 3 transmissions in under 100k miles. Additionally, minor problems to numerous to mention.

10th Dec 2004, 15:35

I own a 2001 Rodeo LS. At 35k miles the engine was replaced due to excessive oil consumption (4-5 quarts every 3000 miles.) The vehicle shakes at 65-70 mph even after alignment, balancing, etc. In fact, it seems to be getting worse. The steering seems to be "disconnected" sometimes. Also, when turning sharply at slow speeds, the front tires squeal very obnoxiously (not the normal squealing) as if the wheels are way out of alignment or the hubs are not unlocked completely. Has anyone heard/fixed the problem with the front end shuddering at freeway speeds?

The road noise is terrible, but overall I've enjoyed the vehicle and I think I'm the only person in America who's found a halfway decent Isuzu dealer. They've been very responsive.

2nd Jan 2005, 17:48

I have an Isuzu bighorn and have recently developed a problem with the Automatic transmission, The speedometer goes crazy and the truck constantly changes gear and eventually I lose top gear, what would cause this?

6th Jan 2005, 09:49

I have a 2001 Rodeo... what a nightmare it has been! I took it back to the dealer a few weeks after I bought it (new..not used) it had an annoying pinging in the engine which I was told is 'normal'. They did some computer update which did not help and sent me on my way. Took it back again for the same problem which they again claim is normal. A few months later the engine seized while I was driving down the highway... Engine replaced at 50,000 miles! Engine light never came on!

Air conditioner and seals on windows smells of mold/mildew. The dealer will do nothing to fix it.

Bug deflector on hood has rubbed the paint right off of both of my fenders... still waiting to hear back from them on this.

Transmission began slipping in 1st gear I took it to a transmission specialist who advised me a seal was leaking, no transmission light ever came on... took to the dealer... needs a new transmission already! 66,000 miles.

The list goes on.. many little problems... lights on dash/buttons constantly burn out, handles for seat recline fall off constantly, jack provided broke in half when truck was on it...

This truck has been nothing, but a nightmare since I purchased it.

6th Jan 2005, 11:08

My cousins had both of the isuzu rodeos. The frst one is a 2002 model and her 2 children destroy spots on the seats which won't come off. Other than that, nothing went wrong with the first isuzu rodeo. Now they had a second isuzu rodeo which is a 2004 model. Nothing went wrong with the second isuzu rodeo. Thanks.

22nd Jan 2005, 20:16

I own a 1993 Isuzu Rodeo and I have had it for 9 yrs. I currently have 193,000+ miles on it. I have not had any major problems with it. I have only changed the Rocker Arms on the right side of the engine. I have been able to rely on my 1993 Rodeo. I liked it so much I recently purchased a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS and love it. I can honestly say with my 1993 Rodeo I have not experienced most of the problems listed. I am counting on the same result with my 2001 Rodeo I recently purchased.

23rd Jan 2005, 23:41


We have had problems with our 2001 Rodeo's transmission since we purchased it in 2003 with 22,000 miles. We will be driving along normally at a consistent speed and the transmission just drops down into first or second gear and practically throws you through the front windshield. The check transmission light comes on and transmission will not up-shift until you pull over, completely turn the car off and then back on. This allows you to continue driving for about another month, when it will happen again. My brother-in-law recently purchased a 99 Rodeo (without asking me first of course) and he has been experiencing the exact same problem. When taking my problem to the dealer, they informed me that they had canceled my warranty and refunded my money against my loan, without actually telling me!!! So I found out that I have a piece of junk vehicle with no warranty.

From reading the comments here it seems that the transmission problem (as well as many others) are rather common. Does anyone know if Isuzu has addressed this problem? Regardless, I would warn anyone against buying an Isuzu vehicle.

18th Mar 2005, 15:02

I recently bought a 97 Rodeo and my check engine light turned on 2 days after I had it. I took it in numerous times and I got a different answer as to what it was every time. At first it was a manufacturer problem that I still can't get an answer as to what that really was. The second time it was a gas problem. Apparently you have to the most expensive gas for your engine to run how it should. The third time it was the EGR valve was stuck. Once I got that fixed the engine was making a really loud pinging or banging noise. I took it in to see what it was and I need new valve lifters. If I drive on the freeway the drivers side smells like something is burning up and I still don't know what that is either. I would advise you not to buy a rodeo.