18th Nov 2008, 15:31

I have a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo, So I guess I should say first that I don't exactly hate my vehicle, I just think that it's totally not looking great in my eyes.

I purchased it about 3 years ago for like 5 grand. It had something like 114,000 miles on it, and as of now it has 134,000. It is the primary car, that whenever we go somewhere as a family, we drive it.

Lately it has been nothing but a headache. The check engine light has a mind of its own; it doesn't know when it wants to be on or off.

In the past few weeks I have had numerous problems; first it was the car choosing that when I turned the key in the ignition, it made no noise, it didn't want to start, but no clicking sound ,nothing. I would have to turn the key like 6-7 times before it would start.

My husband thought it was the starter, well he tried to swap that out and apparently you can't do that without a lot of trouble. So he said we would take it to a garage.

My father passed away (I'm only 28) and I was stuck dealing with all that, and my car took the back burner; ironically it stopped having that issue.

When I pull out of my driveway and go up the road on an incline, my car acts like it wants to just shut off, it spits and sputters and it's like it has no get up and go.

I took it to the garage where they said that it was the O2 sensors. We fixed that and the problem continued, we took it back again and this time there was a leaky gasket in the fuel manifold (I think that was it)...

Supposedly problem solved right???

The mechanic said that he drove my car and didn't experience the trouble I did.

I was like "no kidding", isn't that always the answer.

I took it home and have been driving it for 4 days.

Well today, I picked my 8 and 5 year olds up from school and when I was driving down a very little hill to a stop sign, my car JUST SHUT OFF. ALL the lights came on and it was still blowing heat (it was a cold afternoon) but I lost the power steering and also the ability to stop the car, I almost hit a school bus.


Thanks a bunch.

27th Nov 2008, 20:01

Hello, I just happened to Google the problems that I have with my 1999 Rodeo LS. I am sorry, but happy to hear others have similar problems as I do. I have had the EGR replaced three times and the Check Engine light keeps turning off and on. My fuel gauge light has been flashing for at least 40,000 miles. I just put 100,000 miles on it. When I drive through a deep puddle, my brakes seem like they skip or pop when I brake. I have had the shocks replaced and the back brakes replaced. I had to have the ignition replaced because I couldn't get my key out. Now I have a key for the ignition and a different one for the door. The next irritation is that I have to lift up the shift control to try to get the car into reverse. Some times by lifting it up a bit, it engages readily and other times I must sit and play with it for five to ten minutes. I bought my car brand new and took it back for three recalls. I thought I was alone with all these issues. I would really like a response to the auto transmission not engaging without lifting it. I think it is somehow connected to the ignition not letting me get the key out. I mentioned that to the mechanic, but he said it wasn't connected. I can hear something when I try to get it into reverse like something is not lined up correctly.

8th Dec 2008, 09:09

To all the owners of Rodeos. These cars are the biggest pieces of crap... I've got a 98 and theres just too many problems to list. I get no oil pressure at start up, engine light on always, no rear wiper, ABS went to hell so I just pulled the fuse... stops a lot sooner now!

Rattling, squeaking, ball joints bad, water pump went bad etc etc etc etc. Oh and it's only 130,000 miles.

All I ever owned was Hondas, so what the hell was I thinking buying this!!! And some how mine has the 2.2l Opel motor... so I have to order everything for it.

Word of advice if your rodeo is still running sell it before its to late lol.

10th Dec 2008, 19:01

Had my 1999 Rodeo LS 2WD for about 4 years. Only had a couple major problems; I guess I have been lucky.

First it was the head gasket cover on the engine, $250. Better idling after that.

Then it was the ERG valve, $500 with parts and dealer repair, then at the same time the ABS light was on, so I couldn't pass inspection, so another $500 later they replaced a harness and a module.

Oh yeah, then a few hundred for a front ball joint.

In all I am happy hearing that someone else gets 330 miles on a full tank. And that I have the same problems.

I'm definitely going electric or hybrid I should say next.. don't really need too space as I thought since I travel less now with gas prices, so will UHAUL it now and run this car into the ground, no way to get the money invested back. 135,000 miles.

11th Dec 2008, 07:19

I finally feel vindicated on my feelings about my 99 Isuzu Rodeo! I have owned Toyota's my entire life, went to the Isuzu...NEVER AGAIN! To join the band wagon, my fuel gauge has been broken for quite sometime. (I can't believe how prevalent this problem is and there has been no recall!) I only have 73,000 miles on my car, YET, I've replaced the radiator TWICE along with the head gasket. As of this week, the front axles along with rack and pinion are being repaired! I drive 8 miles round trip for work and have never taken it out 4 wheeling!

I think a petition needs to be started regarding the fuel gauge issues. And I agree with the one person who believed that Isuzu should have FREE EMERGENCY ROAD SIDE SERVICE!!

1st Mar 2009, 00:20

I have a 1999 Rodeo LS, and I have the same problems like everyone else; that fuel pump, and the misfire in the #6. What is Isuzu going to do about the problem that everybody is having??? Isn't there anything they can do?

9th Mar 2009, 09:48

I have a 98 Rodeo LS V6. I have to turn the key on for 6 beeps (seconds) before cranking. I assume to let the fuel pump build up pressure. And yes my fuel gauge is almost worthless. It will rise up to normal right after starting and then fade to empty. I fuel up between 250 and 300 on the odometer. I was told that the fuel gauge issue was related to the fuel pump issue. Who knows. I find it funny to see a guy in a similar year vehicle in town who has a gas tank strapped to his roof.

Now my engine has a terrible whine. Revving speeds up the whine. Any ideas, belts? Alternator?