9th Apr 2008, 00:05


It's been a year since I've posted by last comment..

I still have my 2001 Honda Passport!!

And "unfortunately" I've found out that there's not much to do about the burning lots of oil problem..

I would just suggest buying cheap oil and adding a checking the oil every 300 - 500 miles..

I used the MAX LIFE oil and it did help a lot but it is way more expensive!!

Thought I would share that..


Peter Qumsiyeh

(937) 422-5258

Dayton, OH.

14th Apr 2008, 11:26

Something's wrong!

I have 6 kids and 4 Isuzu Rodeo's. 94, 95, 96 and my 99. I purchased the 94 and it has been great, one of the best cars I have ever purchased.

I gave it to to one of my kids and purchased myself a 99 a couple of years ago. The 99 model has had all of the same issues that everyone else complains about. The oil consumption, the fuel sending unit, CV boots, anti lock brake issues, AC never works properly, intake manifold leaks etc.

I think the introduction of the GM parts was the downfall of the Isuzu Rodeo. I plan on selling my 99 and buying an older Rodeo anything 93-97. All of the other years have GM parts so be careful. BTW all of my Rodeo's are V6 3.2L 4x4 and they are serviced regularly by me. I don't trust dealers with my cars.


Rocky Mtn High Colorado!

1st Aug 2008, 18:26

99 Rodeo...same as everyone else... and yet I still like this truck. Here's a new one tho... every once in a while... it will turn over but not start... if you play with the car alarm (as in... turn it on...and then off again) it will fire right up.

Twice in the past year it's died on the highway... towed to a mechanic...and the next day they start it up, it runs fine...they replace some part, charge me a bunch of money and then away I go... only to have the same issues.

I must be rich and stupid... or maybe just stupid... why can't anyone find what the problem is?

30th Aug 2008, 07:08

Happy owner Isuzu Rodeo - 77. I had a few problems with mine: fuel gage, passenger window motor, and lately is the oil sensing unit that fluctuates between 14 psi and 215 psi.

Since new I always used synthetic oil 10w30, now due to the above issue, I mix 5 quarts of synthetic and 1 quart of regular 10w30 oil and the problem is solved. No engine problems, noise or anything, it runs great beyond the 255k miles and counting. I do take care of mine to the "t" and it has been good to me for while, and I expect many years to come until it drops.

Happy in sunny Florida.

24th Sep 2008, 13:45

I bought a my 2000 Honda Passport (2wd 3.2 liter) in June, 2008. With 93,000 miles. Since then I have noticed a lot of the same problems and it currently has 97,000 miles.

-Windshield wipers malfunctioning.

-A/C compressor turns on by itself when I turn the dial to defrost and defrost/floor.

-Rotors are very wavy.

-Front end alignment stinks.

-Oil consumption with no burning or leaking.

Last night the check engine light came on so I took it to Autozone to have them check it on their computer for free. Said I needed to replace the 'EGR' valve. ($130) Then this morning I was driving to class and transmission was shifting incredibly hard into 2nd and 3rd gears. And when I decelerate the engine would down shift into first and make an awful grinding sound. Almost seemed like my ABS was FUBAR'd. Taking it to the mechanic tomorrow to have everything looked at, the Honda house said its all because of an EGR, I find that hard to believe though.


If you have any tips or pointers. I really can't afford to get another car. THANKS! -JP.

28th Sep 2008, 11:57

I have a 97 3.2v6 2wd. It runs OK, but the ticking from the valves makes it sound like I don't take care of it.

The EGR is a big issue as to where it won't pass emissions.

With all the issues I am having, and the money I have spent so far, I could have bought a new engine.

I cleaned out the EGR, but it still shows up on diagnostics that it has insufficient air flow.

So back to the drawing board, I guess I will try and clean it again. Good luck to all of you.

David L

Zebulon, NC.

9th Oct 2008, 13:37

I have a 2000 Passport with 96,000 miles, after having the stupid check engine light greet me every morning.. I had the codes read...

MAF Sensor bad,

Low Engine Coolant.

I replace the MAF sensor twice.. no help...

One day driving down the road.. POP everything dies...

Mechanic says its the head gasket.. looks again and thinks it might be an ignition switch, nope.. says maybe the main computer.. nope...

Can you believe this???

He finds three wires in the main wireharness with shorts... replaces the wires and the catilatic converter is now clogged..

And this puppy eats oil like I ate hamburgers when I first quit smoking...

When she runs she is a dream... right now she has been a nightmare!

9th Oct 2008, 16:45

October 9, 2008 We purchased a 99 Rodeo LS last fall, and have liked the car, except for the rear window wiper. The mechanic has not been able to locate the reason the wiper will not work. Does anyone know where the relays are located,or have any of you solved the problem and have suggestions. It took one mechanic over 2 hours to take the vehicle apart, then he suggested a new motor, but never ordered it. The last mechanic, even using the owners' manual and mechanics' manual, has not been able to find where the relays are. Thanks for any help.

C. Shardelman.

16th Oct 2008, 13:17

I bought this 99 Rodeo, 2.2L base model from the dad of a student. Looks like the car has been in an accident, front grill and bumper tilted. Rear bumper broken, check engine light is on, high rpm at idle. Whole car is tilted to the right side, climate air control knob broken.

I checked with a OBD II scanner and read the codes of faulty oxygen and MAP sensor. Also noticed that the TPS sensor was faulty. Changed that out and idle speed dropped.

Had the car's alignment checked and corrected. Engine light went out for a while and came back and stayed on. Had a cracked timing cover. Took it apart and found a lot of metal chippings in the case all over the belt and drives. Cleaned them out and fixed the cover.

It is all manual, base 5spd so I don't have issues with the electrical parts yet.

Fuel consumption is a little high at 105K miles, so I use Mobil 15W-50 synthetic.

I adjusted the torsion bars to correct the height defect.

So far runs OK, but power is not much, I guess because it is a 4 cyl.

I like the look of the Rodeos, and intend getting one with leather seats and panels.

29th Oct 2008, 10:59

1999 Isuzu Rodeo. This car gives me so much problem. 140000 miles on it when I bought it. I drove it for the first 5000 miles with no major problems (1 year). Now the car shakes at high speed, doesn't shift into gear properly, all the lights in the dashboard are on. The 4X4 transmission doesn't work. My sister bought one and it hasn't given her major problems so I figured I'd buy one too. But I guess she is the lucky one.