by powderbud on Feb 25, 2013 Vehicle: 1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV
I bought my '99 Rodeo in 2000 with exactly 30k miles on it.
I am now at almost 350k miles.
This is my 2nd Rodeo.
At 100k miles, I had to replace the clutch for $1100.
That is probably my biggest complaint about the Rodeo.
GM built the engine, and clearly they wanted to insure repair costs were ridiculously high.
Even to change the thermostat requires removing the manifold pushing the cost at a shop to over $150.
On most cars, replacing an $7 thermostat takes all of 5 min and a screwdriver.
I also had the rear diff assy replaced at about 150k miles.
Bought one used for $500, been fine ever since.
My Rodey blows 4Runners, etc away going up I-70 to the mountains every weekend.
by zack_morris on Jan 28, 2013 Vehicle: 1999 Isuzu Rodeo LSE 4dr SUV
Have had this car for 185k and I'm pleasantly surprised that it's still kicking. Sure, repairs have been needed, but the transmission and engine are still good. The 2 major issues were a defect where the steering column wore through a brake line (covered under warranty), and the ECM on-board computer failed at 165k, causing the engine to missfire and transmission to go wacky, took a while to troubleshoot that one.
But overall I'm super pleased with the longevity, versatility, ride, cargo capacity, and perfect size in this mid-sized SUV.
I'm planning to retire the old boy at 200k, and I'm having difficulty finding a similar sized SUV with a V6 and the same interior space/cargo room
by csnickie on Feb 17, 2010 Vehicle: 1999 Isuzu Rodeo S V6 4dr SUV 4WD
I purchased a used 99 Rodeo just before I became a mom.....giving up my truck. Safety was the #1 factor, and love that it "Frame on Chassis" not unibody. Now with over 185,000 mile on it, it is still the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. As with the rest, the gas gadge went out...drop the tank and add a new one....and it was worth my sanity. For girls who love trucks, like to 4x4 in the snow, or have to haul a trailer, I wouldn't drive anything else. Was actually rear ended by a Chevy Surburban once, and the tire on the back absorbed both the impact and damage. I also drove it to the bodyshop. As all cars, alternator, starter, h20 pump replaced. 185,000 mile though...and counting.
Isuzu juggles minor standard and optional equipment for 1999, making items from last year's S V6 preferred equipment package standard on the LS, and last year's LS equipment standard on a new trim level called LSE.