by quagmire86 on Nov 9, 2013 Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV
I bought this rig that ran but had an overheating problem.
Previous owner said the water pump was bad.
I paid $600 for it cuz it was in poor shape.
I replaced the water pump and timing belt but it still overheated.
Common problem with the Rodeo (3.2L)V6 were bad head gaskets. Since it was a project vehicle, I had time to work on it.
I spent many weeks going from head to tail repairing/replacing issues with it.
The SUV is somewhat unrefined (due to age) but I love driving it.
Major issues with this car is the frame rusts out from rear axle back and is a recall/safety issue.
I love my Rodeo and though I don't "Off-Road" with it, it is great even with 206,000 miles on it.
by luke702 on Aug 20, 2013 Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV
I've had over 20 cars including high end (such as MB S600, etc).
This car has outlived every single one, and I'm sure it will outlive military tanks!
Recently I had to sell it, which I didn't want to do, at the time the car had about 280K miles and was still running strong.
Loaned the vehicle to a friend who abused it for a couple of years, and still the car NEVER had ANY problems.
The VERY FEW things that I had to fix were minor.
by ccarnes on Jan 30, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV
I have put 50K hard miles on my Rodeo in less than 3 yrs.
bringing the total miles upto 160,000.Twice a week I drive 130 miles over three different high elevation mountain passes.I have always felt safe and never gotten stuck.I have made a few minor repairs(brake pads twice, alternator,EGR,fuel pump and I had to disconnect the horn ) and now it appears that the computer may be going out.Sometimes it dies immediately after starting up, idles roughly, & there is a minor delay in the acceleration.The Check Engine light comes on, but it will not give the code reader a code.This sucks, but I am more than happy to put in the time and $ to fix it.
Though it may not look like it, Isuzu has completely revised the Rodeo from top to bottom, giving it more modern styling, a user-friendly interior, more V6 power and added room for passengers and cargo.