2003 Isuzu Rodeo Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Isuzu Rodeo

2003 Isuzu Rodeo Problems

Oil in Spark Plug Tubes May Cause Misfire

On the V-6 engine, oil in the spark plug tubes can cause a misfire. Resealing the tubes as part of replacement of the valve cover gasket and replacing the spark plug wires will commonly repair this issue. On newer models the misfire can result in illumination of the Check Engine Light.

Knocking noise from steering column

A knocking noise may develop when turning the steering wheel. Our technicians tell us a repair kit for the steering column is available to correct this concern.

Faulty vacuum solenoid may cause 4WD light to stay on

ON 4WD vehicles faulty vacuum solenoid valves can cause the four wheel drive light to stay on all the time. Replacing the valves and possibly the wire harness is needed for this repair.

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2003 Isuzu Rodeo Questions

Coolant leak from both ends of my upper radiator hose, but only when the engine is cold. Once the temp goes up a little, the leaks seal up. I've replaced the hose and clamps. It didn't help. Is it a pressure problem or the thermostat or something else? (1 answer)

Recently did a timing belt/ water pump change. Went good.

Do the key have a chip in it (1 answer)

03 Rodeo LS 3.2L V6, has oil leak, shop says it's the "oil pipe"$1500 to fix??? (2 answers)

Where is the "oil pipe" on a 3.2L V6 ?? Found a sketchy diagram listed it as part#4 in / around oil pump / oil pickup tube..Yet a can't find the "oil pipe" for sale..and most other diagrams omitted the "Oil pipe"Does a 2003 Rodeo LS 3.2L V6 have a "Oil pipe&...

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2003 Isuzu Rodeo Recalls

Rear Suspension Rust Concern

Road salt can cause excessive corrosion near the forward mounting bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link. As a result the bracket can come loose from the frame, impacting vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected vehicles. If little or no corrosion is found, the area will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound. If the corrosion has affected the connection between the bracket and the frame a reinforcement bracket will be installed. In very severe cases were a repair is not feasible, Isuzu has a vehicle buy back program in place. All inspections and remedies will be provided free of charge for vehicles that are 10 years old or less. For vehicles older than 10 years, Isuzu will offer a free remedy, but only if the vehicle is presented to an Isuzu service facility dealer within 12 months of when owner notifications were issued, after that time owners will be charged for the repairs.

Recall 05V466000
CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES THAT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO FUEL CONTAMINATED WITH SILICON MAY DEVELOP SMALL PIN HOLES IN THE FUEL PUMP FEED PORT. SILICON HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE FUEL SYSTEMS OF AFFECTED VEHICLES AND IN CERTAIN FUEL AVAILABLE IN THE REGION OF TYLER, TEXAS. THIS RECALL WILL BE L...
Brake Warning Light May Not Illuminate

On certain vehicles, the brake warning light would not illuminate if the brake fluid level became low. The diodes have been replaced; all vehicles have been repaired.

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2003 Isuzu Rodeo Reviews

This has been a great low maintenance vehicle and a real workhorse. I have had absolutely no problems at all. The truck has 114,000 on it. I put synthetic lubricants in the engine, trans, and differential and expect it will go to 200,000 with a problem. The only downside to this truck is that it drives and handles like one. I am looking for another one for my daughter.
Low maintenace 4 wheel drive... gotta love Japanese made vehicles as they really perform the best long term. I've had mine for 100k miles and have had no problems other than regular maintenace. Honestly, I would buy another at 200k miles if they still made them.

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