1998 Isuzu Rodeo Question Fix or Sell

  • 1998 ISUZU RODEO
Engine Performance problem
1998 Isuzu Rodeo Question 6 cyl Manual 80603 miles

Bought 1998 Isuzu Rodeo from used car dealer (in NY) at 77,900 miles for $4,300. Did oil change within a week after getting the car. During the course of owning the car, several times the Check Engine light would come on and then went off on its own.

The car now has 80,600 miles. Brought back to dealer within 60 days cause the car's engine started knocking, roughly a month after oil change. We added 2 bottles of engine oil but the knocing did not go away. We stopped driving the car and brought it back. After having dealer's appointed mechanic to look at it, turns out the engine is gone, and we've been driving the car with NO OIL.

Now dealer offering to install a used engine but we need to pay $1,300 for the engine, and the dealer will cover $1,000 labor. Our car is under 3,000 miles and still within 60-day warranty but dealer said they're not covering damages to the car due to owner negligence. They said it was our fault to drive with no oil in engine, and it's generous of them to offer to cover $1,000 labor.

The used engine will have ONE YEAR warranty.

The car is in great condition inside and out, dealer gave us brand new brakes before we drove off the lot. Question is, should we invest $1,300 or just get rid of this car such as selling the parts. Is the dealer doing the right thing by covering only partial instead of the full cost of fixing the engine?

We're not mechanics, don't know much about cars (but we do get oilchange when it's due) and we trusted the car to have no problem since we did the oil change, etc. Please help us!


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Thursday, June 11th, 2009 AT 5:39 PM

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Hi kibibe,

Thank you for the donation.

The engine seldom fails if proper maintenance checks are done. In your case it could be oil was being consumed due to a bad engine or during oil chenge insufficient oil was added or there is a leak somewhere. Insufficient oil has damaged the bearings resulting in the knocking noise.

There is no way you can tie it up to a bad engine when it was sold to you as did not encounter any problems in the intial period. WHen engine are bad as in your case, it would fail rather quickly.

Under such circumstances, the dealer is right in refusing to accept liability. Their willingness to bear the labor cost shows goodwill on their part.

As the vehicle is still in good condition, spending $1300 to get the engine replaced would be a good option as it is going to last you for a long time to come.

With a bad engine, scrapping the vehicle is not going to get you back a lot of money.

When Check Engine Lights shows, it is recommended to get a scan done to check what is causing the problem. Such happenings should always be looked into and oil level sholud be checked on a regular basis.
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