5th Apr 2005, 15:09

I purchased a 2000 Rodeo LS 2 wheel driver a couple of years ago. The vehicle has been very dependable, but it requires a better maintenance routine than other vehicles I have owned. It rides good, gets pretty good MPG for an SUV (averages about 20 MPG), and I have been able to haul things inside the vehicle that typically would be hauled in a pickup. Overall I am pleased with the vehicle, but it has been somewhat expensive.


1) Reasonable gas mileage.

2) Very dependable.

3) Good ride quality for a mid-size SUV.


1) New tires were expensive ($520 for a set of 4)

2) Warranty require timing belt change at 60K ($500)

3) Needed tuneup and O2 sensor replaced ($500)

4) Seems a little low geared for 70 MPH+ Highways.

This vehicle has a standard transmission and I have driven it pretty hard since purchasing it when it had approximately 60K miles on it. It now has 85K miles on it and is still going strong.

15th Apr 2005, 12:37

I have a 2003 Isuzu Rodeo. When I sometimes stop the car and put it in "Park" position, the car does not have much power on take-off when put in "Drive" position. I am wanting to know if anyone else is having this problem. The mileage on this car is only 23K.

1st May 2005, 22:03

I have a 1999 rodeo. I bought it because I have had 41 major surgeries and I have limited movement. This is the only SUV that I can just slide in and slide out without having to bend down or pull myself up. There are some things that drive me nuts about this SUV, but all in all it has done pretty well. We had to put in a new engine in at 150,000 miles and a new transmission, but that is all of the big stuff. It now has 334,500 miles on it and going strong. My husband and I have the oil changed exactly at 3,000 miles and he tunes it up regularly. We change tires when they need it etc... Our daughter is a gymnast and now is in college, but we logged a whole lot of hours going to her meets. We see her compete in college now, but we don't drive, but maybe 3,000 a month now. We will drive it until it completely dies, but for now it is going strong!

23rd Jun 2005, 08:45

I have owned my 1998 Isuzu Rodeo S as the original owner, making it nearly 7 years old and with 112,000 miles. The vehicle has been great and I have had no probelms over the past 7 years. Recently though, the thing has cost me a good chunk of change with normal maintenance and a few problems. After replacing my timing belt last month, my clacking valves went away (thank goodness). I also had a tune-up done, so all in all it runs like new. My check engine light was also on and so I had Precision Tune check it for me and it turned out that the EGR valve was stuck shut, or open, which I replaced for $350 and now the check engine light is off.

I have seen a lot of transmission issues on here and now I am having the same problem. My transmission periodically will "slam" in and out of gear for no reason. It seems to do it after it sits for a few days without being operated. I assumed it was the fluid being low, but as it is a sealed system and there is no visible fluid leakage, I am not sure what to do. I am also having a problem getting my key out of the ignition from time to time. I saw someone posted a similar problem with the key-transmission issue and how they may be related. I think I agree now with their assesment based on my experience. I am not sure what direction to go in though... tired of getting "slammed" around in my otherwise great vehicle. Need to get it fixed as cheaply as possible given the amount I just spent on the timing belt replacement, tune-up and EGR valve. Any ideas?

Oh, and mine burns about a quart of oil per month... but no leakage anywhere in the garage or at work.

13th Aug 2005, 00:06

I have a Honda Passport 2000, six month after I bought it brand new I had the "head" of the engine replaced due to over heating...Fortunately, I still had manufacture warranty, so it was fixed. Until now the car started to have "check trans" light on and experience the jerking movement. Then now the "check engine" light is on constantly as well. An auto-mechanic told me that he does not know what caused it?????

A number of people had similar experiences with this truck... could you please share what had been done on your truck to correct these problems?

Thank you,


22nd Sep 2005, 06:36

I have a 2000 Isuzu Rodeo and recently had a problem with the transmission. The vehicle would lurch forward and occasionally squeal the tires like someone else had mentioned. I took it to an oil change place to have the transmission flushed, but the tech said it was leaking to heavily. So we took it to a transmission place and they replaced 2 gaskets, a leaky service assembly and a filter. It is running beautifully now!

This is my second Rodeo. If it wasn't for the fact that Isuzu doesn't make them anymore I would probably get a third. My 15 year old son wants a Rodeo as his first vehicle.

4th Oct 2005, 02:21

I just stumbled across this site. if it wasn't for a recent customer with an Isuzu Rodeo, I'm sure I'd never be here. I was asked to do a complete check-over as he was on his way to New Orleans at the request of F.E.M.A.. The year is 2000 with a 3.2L engine and 4wd. 128,000 miles.

I've enjoyed reading all the comments. as an automotive technician, I know my learning will never end. I thought this vehicle drove comfortably for an s.u.v. it had plenty of power. I did notice, as I've read here many times, that the trans. didn't always shift smoothly during my test drive. both before and after the filter and fluid change.

I did a lot of regular maintenance and the worst part was refilling the trans. after the service. no dipstick!!

Anyway, I just wanted to add my two cents. happy motoring! bob.

17th Nov 2005, 08:28

I have a 1998 2 WD Rodeo that I bought new. It now has 75K miles on it and has a host of problems, both large and small. I had relatively no problems until 50K when the timing belt broke while traveling at 50 mph. Bye-bye engine. Luckily, the belt isn't supposed to be changed until 60K, so I got a new engine for nada under warranty. Now, however, I seem to have the same problems that others here have expressed: engine light comes on and off with no explanation by dealer, guzzles oil, guzzles transmission fluid. I also recently paid a cent for replacing leaking fuel injectors, which, according to the mechanic who serviced it, is a common problem with this model. I have a manual transmission, so I don't have the lurching problems others have expressed.

Overall, I have enjoyed this car -- it's fun, can haul loads like an SUV and still fit in parking spaces like a car. It does have a host of problems, though, and in general is sluggish. I'll probably keep it until it just completely dies because I don't want someone else to inherit the goofy problems of this truck.