Used Vehicle Review: Isuzu Rodeo, 1998-2003 –

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February 23, 2006

2002 Rodeo. Click image to

By Chris Chase

Despite how SUVs have become, was never able to rise bit-player status. Not even its designs to Honda #8211; the and larger Trooper were as the Honda Passport and Acura respectively in the U.S. #8211; was to boost this little company#8217;s fortunes and it all but disappeared the 2003 model year.

But the company#8217;s time, Isuzu#8217;s was one of its better-known products. Certainly, it was an SUV that combined what to be a rugged 4#215;4 drivetrain to a traditional ladder-type truck What apparently hasn#8217;t so attractive is the Rodeo#8217;s reliability

Engine troubles seem to be though comments posted on web forums (see Online below) by owners in the know say many of these can be attributed to drivers not checking the oil level enough, as excessive oil use #8211; a litre every 2,500 km is considered #8220;normal#8221; for the Rodeo#8217;s V6. Water pumps have troublesome too. Transmission particularly with the optional automatic, are common, and electrical have been an issue as as an long-term report on a Rodeo confirmed.

Reliable or not, parts and pricing is always a concern vehicles like the Rodeo, manufacturer has little to no dealer in Canada anymore. The Rodeo was a slow seller, so finding pieces in wrecking yards may be a too. Independent parts may be able to source aftermarket parts, but it might be wise to sure your Rodeo is in shape before you write a for it.

Crash safety is a little reassuring, at least according to the Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA), which gave the three or four stars on model year) for driver in frontal impacts and four for front passenger protection. impact protection is very prompting a five star for both front and rear occupant protection. It#8217;s for the NHTSA#8217;s crash safety to differ from those by the Insurance Institute for Highway (IIHS), and the Rodeo#8217;s results are no that organization rated and 2001 Rodeos #8220;poor#8221; in offset crash tests, 2002-2003 models got a slightly #8220;marginal#8221; rating.

2002 Isuzu Rodeo. image to enlarge

At least consumption is reasonable: Natural Canada tests netted of between 14 and 15 L/100 km in the city exact numbers vary on model year) and 10.6 km on the highway. That#8217;s not bad for this of vehicle, particularly for a truck a drivetrain that basically back to the mid-1990s.

Price-wise, Rodeos don#8217;t command the kind of coin that import SUVs do. In fact, Rodeo prices are even a bit than those for some trucks, notably Jeep#8217;s and Cherokee, and on par with resale for the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet and GMC Jimmy twins. Rodeos last officially produced for the market for the 2003 model and were sold in S, SE, LS and LSE trim

According to Canadian Red Book, a LS is worth $16,600 now, and the LSE is significantly more at $19,000. A S is valued at about $15,575 and the SE at Shop for a 1998 model, and a LS is worth $7,100.

A good ground would be a 2001 the basic S trim level is $10,250 and the top-end LSE a shade than $12,000.

With apparently so-so and iffy parts availability, a might not be the ideal vehicle for next daily driver. But as a beater, second set of wheels or off-roader, an older, well-maintained might be just the ticket, if the is right.

Online Resources

#8211; Despite the lack of any sections, this looks the best Isuzu forum likely to find. Troubleshooting can be found in the General Isuzu and Drivetrain Mods #038; sections, and there are plenty of areas to browse too. are only 2250 members but many seem to be knowledgeable these trucks. This forum does model specific forums, one covering the Rodeo, but the selection of to browse in it is pretty lean and the Rodeo forum is the most one here. Scroll to the bottom of the page and it#8217;s obvious there are just 340 members But, any info is better none, so definitely check site out if you own, or are considering a Rodeo.;C=15 #8211; If you#8217;re an Isuzu Rodeo as an off-roader, want to come here is an excellent off-roader#8217;s covering a number of makes and and with more than members and active Isuzu-specific sections, you#8217;re bound to out what you need to know you hit the trail. #8211;, caters to enthusiasts and covers a wide of makes and models. The Isuzu here is one of the quieter sections, but like it has some useful to offer, even if much of it with older models. are more than 67,000 here, so even if not all of them Isuzus, there#8217;s bound to be of general truck info


Transport Canada Number: 2000085; Units 2,416

1998-1999: On certain paint may have been unevenly on the rear axles.

In where the paint was too thick, the drying time may have in insufficient paint hardness. this occur on the surface contacts the rear axle link bracket bolt and/or nut, the nut may later If the nut should detach fully of the lower link from the axle could occur. may result in loss of vehicle and a possible crash.

Correction: Dealers will the rear axle lower link nuts and bolts and them with new self-lock and bolts.

Transport Canada Number: 1999203; Units 228

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1998: Certain V6 Rodeo do not with the requirements of CMVSS #8211; Evaporative Emissions. The purge hose of the Enhanced Emission Control System may crack, due to proximity of the exhaust Correction: Dealers will an EVAP pipe and hose using a clearance template, and inspect routing clearances installation.

Transport Canada Number: 1999038; Units 793

1998: On certain vehicles, the wire harness ground terminal may fracture due to improper In a case where the terminal is the powertrain control module may misinterpret the damage as a signal a high vehicle speed. The PCM then cut the fuel causing a condition or an engine stall.

Wire harness will be with a new harness.

Transport Canada Recall 2003247; Units affected:

2000-2002: Certain vehicles to conform to CMVSS 135 #8220;Passenger Car System#8221;. The brake warning may not illuminate in the event of decreased fluid level. Correction: will replace the current fluid warning circuit with a newly designed

Transport Canada Recall 2000298; Units affected: 86

On certain vehicles, a fuel hose may not contain the desired protection which could in the hose having a reduced expectancy. Over time, the may deteriorate and leak fuel. Dealers will inspect the return hose date and replace the hose if required.

vehicle prices vary on factors such as general odometer reading, usage and options fitted. Always a used vehicle checked by an auto technician before you

For information on recalls, see Transport web-site, . or the U.S. Highway Transportation Administration .

For information on vehicle bulletins issued by the manufacturer, .

For information on consumer about specific models, see .

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