31st Mar 2004, 14:51

I love my 2001 Honda Passport (aka Isuzu Rodeo), but at 41,000 miles I'm beginning to agree with the above comments. My plan had been to only use Mobil 1 for the life of the car, changing the oil every 5000 miles (the manual suggest 7500 I believe)...but the way it burns off the oil it's just too expensive.

First time I realized this it was almost too late. Took the car to get the oil changed maybe around 28k and it was bone dry inside. Now I add a quart every 1000. Good news is Jiffy Lube will refill your car for free between oil changes; bad news is that they're way overpriced and inconvenient.

Right now my Passport is in the shop because its intake gasket blew. I'm being told it's because of build-up in the EGR system. I'm also being told this is very uncommon for a vehicle with 41,000 (almost entirely highway) miles on it. Apparently this is what has been causing the car to shudder in first gear. Anyway, I'm glad I have the 10 yr 100k miles warranty on it, I have a feeling I will be getting a lot of use out of it.

17th Aug 2004, 08:11

I’m another victim of Isuzu. My used ‘98’ Rodeo burns through oil like I burns through cigarettes (and I’m a heavy smoker). Plus I have this god-awful noise when I accelerate, several mechanics (I refuse to go back to the dealer) figure it was the heat shield. Nobody wants to touch it because it’s such a pain to remove and replace. I’m stuck with this truck till I pay it off, and then it’s trash. The only way I own another Isuzu product is if I falls out of the sky title and all, (with my luck it will land on the one I’m still paying on and I’ll own two junk boxes.)


19th Aug 2004, 12:06

We are "new" Rodeo owner's. We bought a 2000 "used" at 117000 km with what we thought was a great price. Then 2 months later the honeymoon was over. We have had to replace the dual catalytic converter (no warranty), then the front right 4X4 axle broke. Our mechanic has never replaced one of those before - he was surprised. Then we the engine light come on for months. We finally had to take it to the dealer a distance away because our poor mechanic was exhausted with a diagnosis. Apparently Rodeo only likes GM spark plugs, nothing else. That will make the engine light stop! Then we had to put in a new 4X4 switch and I will stop with the list. We have a serious oil consumption issue and have to add a quart every 1000 km and gas is about 450 - 500 km per tank. We thought we were buying something really great and reliable. Now our friends won't travel any long distance with us! And we are left with a car that we will never recover the 6,000 (CDN) that we have paid in repairs. Yes - it is safe to say that Isuzu will NEVER have our patronage again! In fact - we are certain that although some foreign cars are well made - it is much better to just support the good old North American Products!!! Wish us luck in unloading the beast!

13th Oct 2004, 14:23

I have a 1995.5 Isuzu Rodeo and it to burns oil like an Iraqi oil fire. So this defect has been around quite a long time.

19th Oct 2004, 16:58

I just bought my 99 Isuzu Rodeo about 45 days ago with 51,000 miles on it. After me putting 3000 miles on it, the engine blew due to NO OIL!!! The only time my oil light came on was when my engine went off and the warranty company is telling me it won't be covered because lubrication is my responsibility.

45 days + no oil light indicator + no cooperation from the dealership, manufacturer, or Fidelity (warranty) = SOL.

Now I don't have a vehicle to get to work, but I have a payment and a huge expense if I am to have a vehicle again. I really don't know what I'm going to do.

Anyone know a good Attorney?


21st Oct 2004, 18:06

Do we have any recourse at all? I spent $14,000 on a 1999 Rodeo 2 years ago. My oil ran dry 2500 miles after my last oil change.

Needless to say, I'm out a vehicle. I also can't afford to pay the $5500 I was quoted for an engine as old as mine was. Can't we band together and hire someone to help our cause?

27th Dec 2004, 08:43

I too have a 99 Rodeo LSE - about 2 years ago I finally took the vehicle to the Dealership with the same results and response from the oil consumption test (1 qt per 1k was acceptable). Other than the oil consumption it has been a very good vehicle I just have to keep an eye on it! The dealership was also insisting that the compressor for the A/C was bad (the vehicle sounded like a semi-truck when I started it) and would need to be replaced at $1800 price tag. I have recently found a mechanic that worked for ISUZU and determined the bearing was bad - much cheaper fix 1/3 of the price - remember the mechanics are there to make money and they'll take it if you'll pay it!

30th Dec 2004, 22:28

I have a 1995.5 Isuzu Rodeo. It has been a pretty reliable vehicle. We spent about $500 to stop a suspected oil leak around 130,000 miles. But since then, the engine has started burning oil rapidly. We just continue buying more and more quarts of oil on a regular basis to get by.

19th Jan 2005, 16:12

I have a 2001 Rodeo LS with 76,000 miles. Everything has been OK until 3 days ago when the check oil light came on and the engine made a horrendous noise. Towed it to a shop and they informed me that there was not a drop of oil in it and now I need a new engine. Why didn't any lights come on before this happened? I get the oil changed every 3000 miles like the responsible car owner I am. SO how in the world did the oil just disappear? I have an extended warranty, but like with everyone else, they don't want to pay. Has anyone found any recourse or solution to this obviously common problem?


8th Mar 2005, 18:07

I have a 2000 Isuzu Rodeo V6 with 120,000km. At only 30,000 km the engine started to make strange noises. The dealer informed me that there was oil-starvation to the crankshaft bearings even though oil was changed regularly and always topped up, never less than low on the dipstick. The GM/Isuzu warranty did not want to cover the $8000 engine repair, so I was stuck with it. A few phone calls to customer service and Isuzu quickly changed their minds and offered to pay half! I was still not happy with Isuzu so a phone call and consultation with my lawyer solved all my problems. Isuzu repaired my vehicle no charge and other than adding 1/2 Liter of oil every 1000km I'm quite happy with it.

16th Mar 2005, 11:39

My 1999 Rodeo LS just had it's warranty finish in May of 2004. I too have had the oil consumption issue and it only has 43k on it. While it continues to gulp oil, I will be searching for a different car. Isuzu Customer Service did not seem to want to acknowledge anything. How does something like this get overlooked for a recall issue?