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1999 Isuzu Rodeo Reviews From Owners
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By Susan

on May/30/08

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Great buy

Car has always been good for me. I live out in the country and always having to drive on bumpy roads and this car has always drove well without any problems at all. The mpg is decent I get around 20-22 I also love the way this SUV looks unlike most.

By Broken-in

on Mar/25/02

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Broken-in

This truck is fun to drive. Off road it handles well. However, I've lost 2 sets of front bumpers with minor taps. The seats are very unconforibel for long drives.

By Glen Allen

on Jul/03/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Does What I want

Purchased the Rodeo because my 2WD
Ranger liked to bury itself in boat
launches.

Pros: Great job in snow up to about
36". Great on icy roads. Does a good
job of hauling the boat and is adequate
with a 6x12 Uhaul. Good cargo and
passenger capacity. Excellent
visibility. Does very well off road.
Has been very reliable for 50k miles.
Both dealers I've dealt with have been
good.

Cons: Had the ABS problem at 45k
miles. Seating is uncomfortable on
long drives.

By Robyn&Chris

on Jun/18/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Take out a 2nd mortgage on your home!

$1,200 THIS MONTH in repairs not
incl $320 to replace fuel
gasket they claim needs to be
replaced. Gets more expensive the
higher your mileage. Nothing falls
under warranty; customer
svc non-existent. Once vehicle
hits 50,000 miles, get out your
checkbook. Check engine light on,
transmission jerking, erratic/rough
shifting. In shop 4 days, no loan car.
$300 that trip. Engine light on again
in 2 days, another $400 & 2 days in
shop. This time svc dept had to call
Isuzu to figure out all the error
codes. 2 days later car won't start;
$520 for alternator! Ridiculous parts
prices. Bought new in '99 with
ext.warranty; runs like a 20-yr old
clunker.

By SL

on Mar/12/03

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Nice Inexpensive SUV

I like it a lot, and it's worth the
price. The only beef I have is with the
cruise control: it doesnt' hold the
speed, has an upward creep. Had
instances where it was going up by as
much as 3 mph, even after hitting coast
button several times.

By Suckered In NC

on May/30/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Total Lemon of a Car

This has been the worst car I have
ever owned. Two weeks after I
purchased the car new, the gas pedal
broke. The next thing that broke was
the lever used to recline the driver's
seat. At 48,868 miles (11/02), the
ABS module went bad. At, 55,886
miles, the intake gaskets on the
engine are leaking which is causing
the 3rd cyclinder to misfire.
Additionally, the AC compressor is
going bad and the sending unit in the
fuel system is bad causing the feul
light to blink continously and the gas
needle to stay on empty.

DON'T BUY IZUZU IF YOU WANT VALUE FOR
YOUR MONEY!!!!!

By Administrator

on May/28/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Stylish fun

Love it! Fun vehicle to drive and has
a smooth comfortable feel over bumpy
roads. The interior is very spacious,
one doesn't feel "close in", that is,
the driver does not "fit like a glove"
in the driver seat...it's not a sports
car...it's a SUV.

By R.K.

on May/20/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Not Great just Good

I have had my Rodeo for almost 4 years.
I have read other reviews where people
complain about vehicle not being
reliable. However I have had no major
problems with mine. My Rodeo has been
very reliable. Only three complaints.
First is the seat and headrests are
very uncomfortable on long trips. The
second is the number of recalls the
vehicle has had. Lastly too rough of a
ride.

By Sl

on Mar/12/03

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Nice Inexpensive SUV

I like it a lot, and it's worth the
price. The only beef I have is with the
cruise control: it doesnt' hold the
speed, has an upward creep. Had
instances where it was going up by as
much as 3 mph, even after hitting coast
button several times.

By Steve1survey

on May/13/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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To many problems

I use to love this truck till it hit 2
years old and 50000 miles. The Fuel
gage died. "I think this needs to be a
recall" My CD changer broke 2 times the
second not under warrenty so im stuck.
My starter and battery died and had to
be replaced. My right speaker blew I
dont play loud music! It idols high
sometimes when stopped and after I
drive on the highway for more than an
hour my truck idols high and low for
about 30 seconds when I stop and none
of this under warrenty

By Harveyjc_2001

on Apr/22/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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All the same problems

Same aforementioned problems:
1)Erratic idle -- vehile lurches
forward randomly.
2)Minor tap on bumper (airbag did not
deploy) and it shattered into 1000
pieces
3)Fuel Sensor died at about 50K miles,
dealer refused to fix under warranty
4)ABS light is on. Not sure what the
problem is yet -- they're looking at it
now.
5)Major problem with wheel bearings.
Entire rear end replaced under
warranty. This one was so catastrophic
they couldn't ignore it!
If you live in MA, do not buy from 128
Isuzu. Service is horrible.

By RossM

on Apr/17/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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A real Love/Hate Relationship

Have over 70k miles on my Rodeo in
nearly 4 years and it has been a mixed
experience. Love the acceleration,
rugged looks, and generous cargo space.
Hate the defects like broken gas gauge,
faulty ABS indicator, and worst of all -
DISASTROUS BRAKES. On wet or bumpy road
surfaces in a quick stop, this truck is
GUARANTEED to slide, twice causing rear-
end collisions and many more close
calls. Not safe so is now reduced to
the status of a station car.
Depreciation has been rapid also. Fast
and fun, but in my view, not worth the
risks.

By John K.

on Apr/11/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Think before buying!

Run, don't walk, away from any Isuzu
Rodeo! Just a "few" of the repairs
I've had to make...
new engine
new catalytic converters
new fuel pump
new ABS module
new ABC wiring harness
leaking washer fluid
new rear light socket
new knock sensor
new PCM

Oh, and don't forget the numerous
recalls.

Stay tuned in is now in the shop...

By DAL

on Mar/30/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Problem after Problem

Has an irratic idle problem which even
the dealer can't seem to fix...causes
car to idle at higher than normal RPM.
It's totally random, never know when it
will occur. Because of irradic idle,
when car is stopped or trying to stop,
it will want to lurch forward, not
allowing you to stop properlly and
promtly. Very scary. At ~30k miles,
ABS motor went on and kept running
until it drained the battery. At 53k
miles need to replace fuel sender (~$50
part, 2 hrs labor). At 56k ABS light is
on and need to replace entire ABS
module to fix ($250 part, 2hrs labor).
Loud muffler. Doesn't handle well in
snow or rough mountain roads. Will not
keep much longer.

By Durkk82

on Jan/13/07

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Nice

I just bought this suv and I love it, but the fuel gauge does not work. The motor has a slight knocking sound. Over all it's a very nice car, it looks good and rides great. So really I have no complaints.

By Baluroses

on Oct/23/06

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Love this SUV!

I love this SUV. I have previously owned a few others and this would be my favorite of the lot. It's perfect for my life style and *knock on wood* the only issue I have had so far has been with the clutch. It has been very reliable and a good all around vehicle to drive for the past few years.

By Unknown

on Apr/26/06

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Many, many problems

I've had this SUV for about 4 years and it has less than 100k miles on it (only 28K being put on by me). I would never buy another Isuzu. The following has gone out or been replaced: gas gauge stopped working, front and back brakes and drums replaced, in dash CD player rebuilt after eating my CDs, rebuilt the transmission, all four tires, shocks, air conditioning compressor, and the water pump. It was in the shop 3 months ago with a bill over over $1,000. There's now something wrong with the anti lock brakes as the car keeps shimmying when I apply the brakes. It rattles and squeaks all the time. A great SUV if you want to repair it yourself.

By Unknown

on Mar/06/06

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Good vehicle

My second Rodeo was just as reliable as my first one.

By Objective Owner

on Mar/02/06

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Never let me down

This car serves its purpose of getting me to the mountains or on long freeway trips. I don't see it as an in-town car and don't use it much for that. I can easily drive it 16 hours straight without discomfort, so not sure why others complain about comfort. Even mountain driving has averaged 20-22 mpg, so again not sure why others get bad mileage. It's not a love affair, but I've had no repairs and it does what it's supposed to do. Granted, a set of Michelin cross track tires smoothed and silenced the highway ride like I could not believe. No rattles yet, and everything works. Compared to my Honda Accord, it has been a charm reliability wise -- no living at the dealership.

By Jim In Georgia

on Mar/17/03

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1999 Rodeo

Overall a good car. Good power. Fair
Gas mileage.

Fuel pump and ABS replaced. Was a
little stressful having them go bad,
but the dealer replaced them without
any questions. 2nd fuel pump making the
same noise as the first one.

Good dealer support.

By Airell Jacoby

on Aug/18/05

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Think Twice

Bought used in 3/05 & had problems right away. Fuel gauge broken, ABS light always on, rear lights all messed up, & hard down-shifting. All were fixed at the dealership's expense at the tune of $800.00! I have replaced rear wiring harnesses & sway bar links for $300.00. Was told by great garage of unusual 1/2-inch sludge on transmission magnet ... very bad sign of huge transmission problem. This was discovered while in the shop for a new solenoid. Seems like problem after problem. Shame, because it's a roomy, fast ride. Seats are hard and the spare squeaks all the way down the road on the back tailgate. Would not recommend. Not worth the money or hassles.

By B Morris

on Jun/06/05

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Was a good starter SUV

Overall, I would say I am happy with my purchase. I bought it new in '99 and although the manifold cracked and muffler broke off (under warranty) and had a few recalls, the vehicle has been very reliable. Especially when I replaced the stock Goodyear tires. It was a deathtrap when it rained. Unfortunately, I have 81K miles and I am afraid it's nearing the end. Gas millage is going south, gas gauge is on it's way out, seat is breaking down, oil burning, and it was not designed for desert heat. I had some rubber pieces melt and/or break in the last year. The service guy told me years ago not to keep it over 60K miles, and I see why. Overall, it has served me well, but not built to last a long time.

By Coloradogreystar

on Jan/02/05

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I love my Rodeo

I was rear-ended on the interstate. The offender hit me at an estimated 55 mph. I hardly felt a thing! The design really held up! A small problem with the O2 sensors was quickly cleared up, otherwise ... no major problems. I love my Rodeo!

By I_luv_isuzus

on Dec/14/04

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Probably the best SUV around.

I have loved this car. I think it is very capable of off-roading, driving around town, towing and driving around passengers. It has great features for the price. When compared to competitors, best bank for your buck. I would definitely consider buying another Rodeo when the time comes.

By Mikepe

on Oct/02/04

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Stay away

bought new in 99'. replaced fuel guage $500--at
40,000 miles---at 25,000 the manifold gasket
went which kept the car idle at 4,000 rpm--try to
stop when your doing 55 on highway, almost killed
myself, fought with isuzu to replace it or i was
going to take them to court and papers---they
fixed it the next day, obviously they know there is a
problem, other than that the car has been fine, love
the ride, the looks, and the truck comes in very
useful to haul stuff.---you get what you pay for---i
would not recomend this truck nor will i buy isuzu
again. life is a lesson and the lesson here is stay to
the top 3 manufacturers--honda, toyota, and
nissan

By RJY

on Jun/21/04

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Poor quality/worse company to deal with

In a two month period I replaced 2
power window motors, stereo, (which
quit working)1 front end part and a
thermostat and radiator in hopes of
resolving an overheating problem, which
later was diagnosed as a blown head
gasket. The truck only has 52,000 miles
and still under the drive train
warrenty-so I thought. I was denied the
warranty for several reasons:
1) I didn't take the non warranty work
to them.
2) They said I must have overheated it
to the point of blowing the head gasket
and would not confir with the shop I
had the work done to verify that I was
not negligent by driving while
overheated.
3)They claim that Isuzus do not blow
head gaskets. $1500

By Lisa Nichols

on May/30/04

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Problems to come

No problems for 2 1/2yrs. In the last
six months the fuel gauge has broke,
excessive oil burning, shuddering when
changing gears, musty air conditioner,
rattling back window, bumpy shocks,
back speaker broke, seems to be getting
louder everyday. I have not had to
replace or pay for anything outside of
regular maintenance, except recalled
items(under warranty). It was great
while it lasted but I believe theirs
problems coming. Time To Trade at
80,000.

By Disappointed In VA

on May/12/04

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Why me?

I was really happy with my Rodeo for
the 1st 4 years, then it was
downhill. The ABS module was replaced
& right after, my fuel gage stopped
working-something that is a $295
fix. The needle stays on "E" & the
gas light never stops flashing (it
started last August & I put black tape
over it & use my tripodometer to
know when I need to fill up). Now my
AC stopped working & they want $1400
for a new compressor & $995 for some
valve that goes with it. Lately my
gas mileage has gone from about 20mpg
to about 14mpg. We bought it hoping to
have it for at least 10 years or
more. Apparently Rodeos wait until
the warranty is up to start falling
apart on you.

By Ahtan1

on Aug/08/06

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Worst car I ever owned

I bought my new Isuzu Rodeo in 1999. At 25,000 miles, the car died in a car parking lot, could not get it started. Contacted the Isuzu Customer Service to get Road Side Assistance and waited for more than 2 hours; no more showed up. Eventually managed to start the car myself and drove back home; gave the car to the dealership to fix the problem, but they could not find the problem. I ended up on telling them how to find the startup problem and they have no clue how to fix it and they ended up erasing the computer system in the car and reprogramming it. At 52,000 miles, the fuel gauge is gone. At 56,000 miles, the tires were gone. At 81,000 miles, the transmission went bad.

By C. GRETZKY

on Mar/20/04

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Do not buy... duplicate

again, the first 3 years... minor
problems. new brakes and rotars after
20000mi, new transfer case, broken hood
release, and serp belt shortly
therafter. at about 50000mi,the enging
burned all the oil at about 1000mi.
after months of complaints (and gallons
of oil) i got a new engine, which
leaked all sorts of fluids. got rid of
it that week and curse the company
since.

By Mbz300sdl

on Mar/05/04

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Great SUV Isuzu Rules

Well what can i say i have owned two
Isuzu's a 1990 Trooper that has 199,000
miles and a 1999 Rodeo With 102,000
miles these are great suv's I am only
18 years old and have grown up around
cars ranging from Fiats to Mercedes
(first car-300SDL). Don't get me wrong
i'm not saying that an Isuzu can equal
a Mercedes in anything except price but
for the money spent there is not better
automoblies avalible.

By FOOBARED

on Mar/03/04

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Do Not Buy it

I have been having problems with the
car right from the start.
1st yr, a side door wire short. Had to
leave my car with the dealer for 4 days
before they could figure it out.
2nd yr, the electric on the remote key
entry got screwed up.
3rd yr, The problem with the wire short
resurfaced, the dealer kept the car for
2 days, the car was out of warranty,
left me with a bill for 500.
4th yr, an engine noise started dealer
said, carbon build up in the engine,
fuel light always on, another 350
bucks...rear axle seal rupture. Did the
60k servicing, out for 1500 bucks,
engine noise persists. Last year itself
I have spent 2500 for the car. FOOBARED
DO NOT BUY.

By LoveThatRodeo

on Mar/27/06

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Great Vehicle

I purchased my 1999 Rodeo LS V6 4WD new with 68 miles on it. I currently have 121,000 miles on it and the engine is still as strong as day one. The vehicle is great for trips due to the size of the seating and cargo area. Mine has the tow package and the vehicle excels at towing. My vehicle has never let me down or left me stranded. The engine is rock solid. Note, I have always taken my vehicle to the dealership for major maintenance (30K, 60K, and 90K) which has kept the vehicle running in top shape. I would only recommend an Isuzu Dealership with a Master Isuzu Mechanic. At any rate, my Rodeo is still rolling very well!

By Mark Rockman

on Feb/04/04

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Rodeo

The rodeo is a very reliable truck. It
is simple to go into 4 wheel drive and
has minimal maintenance problems. It is
great off road as well as handling on
the open road. I love it..

By Unhappyrodeoowner

on Mar/04/03

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Buy a Nissan Pathfinder

I have had problems with this
truck...hard to align...the ABS senor
had to be replaced...the suspension is
too bouncy...gas mileage ranges between
16 to 18 mpg

By Mtnman

on Jan/13/04

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Good car bad problems

i loved it for the first 3 yrs. lots of
(real) off road in nv mtns & desert very
capable off road, goes where some jeeps
will not.Loud on the road. Abs sensor
replaced @ 18 mo. Motor blew up @ 75000
mi. Dealer told me it was a common
problem w/ Isuzu "you either get a good
one, or you get a bad one" I got a bad
one. lucky for me I bought the extended
warrenty. took 8 wks to replace
engine.There were 6 new isuzu in for new
motors at the same time. WHY???

By Rboschen3

on Dec/21/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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These trucks are undervalued

This is my second Isuzu truck. The
only thing I've had to deal
with so far was a failed hydraulic
pump for the ABS (brake system), NOT a
safety issue and was replaced for free
under recall. If you have a 1999 Rodeo
have the dealer check to see if you
have an effected vehicle (they do it
by VIN #) and have the thing replaced
before it goes out (it's a freebie to
you), Isuzu did not and probably will
not send out recall notices on this
because it is not a safety issue. So
much for the FYI, overall I've been
very happy with this vehicle.

By Cowboybfit

on Dec/21/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Isuzu rodeo LS model

This vehicle has been horrible! At
only 90k miles, I had to replace the
brakes, calipers, rotors, manifold
gasket and the sending unit inside of
the gastank. In addition, most of these
parts are dealer items only and cost 3
times as much as most other SUV parts.
Can you imagine paying $245.00 just for
a sending unit inside of the gastank,
not to mention the 4200.00 labor to put
it in. I have never had to replace this
item or a manifold gasket on other
vehicles and some I have owned for 14
yrs, with close to 200k miles!!!

By AggiePride!

on Jul/25/05

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Good Vehicle for the Money

I have owned my 1999 Rodeo LS 4WD Auto since July 1999. The vehicle currently has 112,800 miles. The vehicle has been through several service bulletins (all covered by manufacturer), but no major mechanical problems. Still using the original engine, transmission, rotors, A/C, heating, power windows, fog lights, suspension. The shocks will get replaced soon. The fuel gauge/fuel sending unit needs replacing ($300). Overall a great vehicle. I have done all of the servicing at the dealership, and they have done a great job maintaining the vehicle. When buying a Rodeo, remember that it is not a car based SUY. It is built from a TRUCK and rides like a truck. Thus, the vehicle is very durable.

By Johnnykk

on Nov/18/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Looks good... but very problematic

It looked and felt good when I bought
it (used) a year ago. But then the
problems kept on coming. As much as I
liked the look and ride... it kept
finding its way into the shop. This
thing is NOT durable at all. It's an
SUV alright... but you can't treat it
like one.

By NeverBuyIsuzu

on May/01/05

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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NEVER buy Isuzu. Worst make ever.

I purchased this vehicle new. The paint was defective from day one; rust permeates throughout. Dealer also failed to take responsibility for what it called "paint swirls" which were really a bad paint job. Car shakes constantly, probably due to rotors which have been machined twice. Worst fit and finish of any car I have ever owned. The car strangely idles at a high RPM. Defrost function works terribly. Terrible mileage, even by SUV standards. Burns oil. Seats are uncomfortable. There are cars much cheaper than this which are much better in quality. If there were any justice in this world Isuzu would be bankrupt and out of business. I wish this manufacturer nothing but the worst.

By Imazman

on Oct/31/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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It's fun

Great vehicle. Had it for almost 5
years without trouble. It's time to
trade it in and I am planning on
getting a Rodeo again...but price IS
everything.

By Fzap

on Mar/29/05

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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99 Rodeo

This auto has been very dependable. Winter and Power buttons in undesirable place. Would like longer sun visors. Haven't had any difficulties with this car. All in all, if I were to buy another SUV, I'd consider another Rodeo.

By Jgtompkins

on Oct/18/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Great Buy

Bought the car new in 1999 and have not
had any problems. Finally replaced the
barkes at 103,000 miles. Other than
maintence I have had to spend nothing
else. I am now selling for a van
because we are a growing family. I wish
Isuzu made a van. We have owned several
Isuzu's in the past and they have all
been very reliable. I have recommended
it to many friends.

By Rabid_girl

on Oct/17/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Great Vehicle

I love this vehicle. It is a '99 with
almost 100,000 miles and not a lick of
trouble yet. It rides well, has
excellent pickup (I love stomping on
the gas and passing at 85), and I get
20 miles per gallon with the V-6. It
was unbeatable for the price. I'm
gonna drive this car until the wheels
fall off.

By Mikeae747

on Sep/14/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Pretty good SUV for the money

I have had only one re-occurring
problem, a clunck in the rear end that
need to be lubricated by the dealer
every 2 oil changes besides that this
SUV has been problem free since we
purchased it. The leather seats are not
very confortable for long drives but are
OK for short distances.

By Mike Arlet

on Aug/24/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Cook car after little upgrade:-)

Put lift kit from Calmini on it,air
intake and cat back.Now have aroun
240HP and 255Torque.Kit help with
handling-now i feel more like in sport
car then in SUV:-)Not problem till now.

By Reed Jones

on Aug/20/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Good on paper, but....

Going on 4 years, replaced engine under
warranty (just barely), otherwise OK.
Gives off very musty odor from AC
(?!?), lots of creaks and rattles, loud
road noise, lousy seats. Great off-
road, fun to bang around in, but not
reliable and not refined at all.
Wouldn't buy another Isuzu.

By Tommy C

on Jul/25/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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Like brand new

I have used this vehicle for the last 3
1/2 years for my sales calls. It has
performed flawlessly. I've changed the
oil every 3000 miles, added gas and
tires when needed and finally put on a
set of brakes at 132,000 miles. I just
got it back from the mechanic for some
routine maintenance and the only thing
he changed was the serpentine belt, the
original were still in great shape. See
if your Doctor tells you that on your
next checkup.

By Pesystems

on Jun/10/03

1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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I hate this car!!!!

I had to have the clutch replaced at
22000! I have driven stick shift cars
for over 15 years, and never had a
clutch go out that fast. My 96 GMC
Somona was a 5 speed; had over
120,000K - and I traded for this
crap! This truck rides horribly - you
feel each and every bump. The
original stereo was a piece of crap.
It's had at least 4 recalls. It does
get very good can mileage - about 20
MPG.
The worst thing about this car is the
devaluation! My car was purchased for
about $19,500 in 1999. The car is
currently in Outstanding condition,
but is only worth about $5000 per
Edmunds & Carmax - so I'm stuck with a
car that I'm about $2000 upside down
on.