This vehicle is known to set false trouble codes, which causes the Check Engine Light to illuminate. To resolve the problem, the powertrain control module PCM needs to be re-flashed. This repair will be covered for a time under the vehicle's emission warranty.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2008 Isuzu i290 Pickup
2008 Isuzu i290 Pickup
2008 Isuzu i290 Pickup Problems
On some models, once the AC has been turned on, a foul smell may come from the vents. Spraying a little disinfectant in the vents takes care of this problem.
Engine coolant leaks from the crossover pipe are common and can be mistaken for an intake manifold leak. Our technicians suggest replacing engine coolant (Dexcool) more often than the manufacturer recommends.
4WD ModelsNoise from the transfer case could indicate excessive play in the transfer case. Dealers will replace or repair the unit under warranty if the vehicle is under 36,000 miles.
If the rear window defroster stops working, it is likely due to a controller problem. It has been reported that once the controller is replaced, the problem is resolved.
2008 Isuzu i290 Pickup Recalls (Recent)
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General Motors is recalling certain 2004–2011 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Isuzu regular and extended cab models without a rear seat and equipped with a 60/40 front bench split seat for failing to comply with federal safety standards on child restraint anchorage systems. The top tether anchor for the front center seat is not accessible and the manual provides no instruction on its use. In order to correct the problem, dealers will cut a hole in the back panel trim cover to allow access to the top tether anchor and will provide supplemental instructions on the use of the top tether.
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General Motors is recalling various 2004–2009 models in twelve Southern and Southwestern states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to contamination in the brake lamp switch, which may cause the brake lamps to fail or stay on continuously. This could lead to a crash since other drivers may not be aware of the operator's intentions. Dealers will inspect and replace the necessary components free of charge. For more information, call Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866-996-9463, or Isuzu at 1-800-255-6727.
2008 Isuzu i290 Pickup Questions and Answers
where is the evap solenoid located on the Isuzu I-290?
I get 20-21 mpg on average with varying loads all throughout the non-winter months. Winter & cold temps lower this to 16-17. This is consistant. Why is there such a drop-off in fuel economy?...
I just had the engine replaced two days ago. And am having the same problem as with the old engine. Took truck into dealer back in Oct. of 2010. Reduce power light came on and was only able to driv...