My 99 Rodeo has the fuel meter problem too. The pointer just wave back and forth so you never know if you still have enough gas.
My 2001 rodeo has the same problem... gas light blinks, but I have a half tank of gas and the meter goes to E. I hate this truck and I will never buy another. M Gonzales.
I have a 1998 Rodeo that has been recalled at least 5 times. Now the gas gauge is gone crazy and engine light is always on. Today it failed smog even though it passed all emissions - it was the engine light that's been on for 2 years now. I hate this truck - it rides rough. Never Isuzu again.
1999 Isuzu Rodeo, my first new car, I should have saved my money. I am currently replacing an engine due to the car burning oil. Several mechanics gave their opinions and said I would have never seen the oil leak. I've had several problems with the motor for the windshield wipers, most of the time my back wiper does not function. Also, my gas tank light flickers off and on for no reason.
Bottom line, Isuzu needs to step up to the plate and fix their mistake. To anyone and everyone DO NOT waste your time or money with any type of vehicle made by Isuzu.
My car has the same problem: 99 ISUZU RODEO and also my best friend has the exact same year with the same problem the gas gauge doesn't read. However, my dad owned the older model to this and was quite happy, hence my choice to get this one, however, quickly considering getting a XTERRA. Otherwise, the vehicle seems great. Maintenance is mandatory, it may cost a $100 bucks every 10K Miles, but its worth it, after all it is a mandmade machine.
I have a 99. I have the gas gauge problem too. It was used and didn't come with a manual. I did research and the internet say it comes with a 21 gal tank. Anybody know what the 99 Rodeo LS tank capacity really is? I get to about 190 miles and the light comes on. Yesterday was the first time I actually out 16.5 gallons in, because I don't want to run out of gas. I fill up at 270 miles. But math says I should get 330 a tank. Any thoughts.
I have a 2000 Rodeo LS. I bought the car used with 40,000 miles and have had very little problems. It now has twice that mileage and still runs like a champ. As long as you do maintenance on the machine there really is no reason a person should have too many problems. I am satisfied with Isuzu and will probably buy another one in the future.
I have a 1999 rodeo. My truck just failed emissions due to my check engine light coming on. My gas hand does not work and just moves back and forth. I fill up around 360 miles. I went to get my check engine codes read and it came up with two, the cam shaft sensor and the ignition knock sensor. I don't feel as though I should have these major problems with a vehicle made in 1999. I would not make another purchase on an Isuzu.
I purchased a 1999 Rodeo 2 years ago. I was then sent the 'Coil Integrated Module' recall. I called all Isuzu dealers up to 50 miles away and they told me it would be 6-9 months before the part is off of back order. Then they said they would need to keep my car for 2 days! This part takes a maximum of 1 hour to install. No problem. I just went without the part.
I also have the 'Check Engine' light problem, but mine comes on and goes off at will. (Usually 3 days to a week in between.) I was told it was the spark/ignition knock sensor and/or the camshaft sensor. No problem I just disconnect the battery cable when I need to inspect it if the light happens to be on at the time.
Alas, I too am a victim of the dreaded fuel sensor malfunction. I have written to Isuzu's recall department and informed them of this after reading about hundreds more people having the same problem. It will flash even after fill up. Groovy.
Oil is the last problem. It burns oil like no tomorrow. I added a total of 4 quarts in the last month! I can't find the leak or point of origin. My dad is a mechanic and he also could not find the problem in question.
All told, if this car makes to the payoff date, then, great. If not, I will not have another Isuzu...ever!
I have a 1998, and have a 140000 miles on it and it runs great... yea I have the fuel light problem, and the tranny is starting to shift hard. but other than that if you check the oil and do the maintence on time and regularly the truck runs great. but over all I think that it is a great truck...
I have a '99 Rodeo and had problems with the engine light, fuel sensors, ABS brake light, and now vehicle shifts hard. I checked the oil and it was very low. I just had an oil change about 3 mths prior. I have replaced the fuel sensors which cost me $350. The engine light was said to be from the catalytic converter. This cost me $800 as this dam car has 2 catalytic converter. The weird thing is that the ABS brake light came on less than a year I bought it new. This cost me $450 from the dealer and only took them less than 30 minutes. They said it was the ABS module. FYI, I would never buy another Isuzu because of maintenance issues and this car does not hold value well. I'm a total loss adjuster in southern california.
Wow, and I thought I was the only one...teehee...my gas gage is jacked, but I keep tabs on the amt of gas in there. the Clutch needs to be replaced, however, it has been soft for a good while so I am happy it has lasted thus far... today I had a dreaded timing belt problem... when I opened the hood, the belt had come loose and caught on the plastic panel on front of the engine and proceeded to carve it's way down through it... I don't know how much I am gonna shell for this, but I am getting more and more nervous as I read on... Good Luck Rodeoer's. I'm going back to Ford or Dodger.
I've got a '99 LS that I bought new. The only problems that I've had are a bad wiper alarm module and the hard shifting. The alarm module is a 10min parts swap. Cleaning the contacts in the gear selector switch fixed the shifting. I to am a professional mechanic. I've only used synthetic oil and "name-brand" gas in the thing. No fuel gauge or oil consumption issues here. Being a tech at brand B_W, I've seen a lot of sensors go bad there also. Perhaps the sensor issue is related to fuel quality?
The hood buffers squeak from time to time. Sounds like a front suspension squeak - give the rubber buffers a turn.