High Mileage 2.8 Rodeo Diesel Owners

Submitted: Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 19:44
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Seems my Rodeo diesel has done a head gasket at 253000kms. So I thought perhaps owners with 2.8 Rodeos with 300,000km or more might be able to give me a glimpse of the future.

I would be interested in how many kms your vehicle has done and whether you have replaced the turbo,clutch,injectors, aircond,water pump,gearbox or motor and if so at what kilometres were these repairs made.

Its been a good reliable vehicle, I was probably expecting more from its 5000km interval oil changes so I am just trying to work out if this is a speed bump on its life journey or a prelude to a torrent of expensive repairs
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Reply By: nowimnumberone - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 20:01

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 20:01
cant help with the 2.8 but not real happy with the amount of problems im seeing at work with the 3 ltr rodeos.
so far this year 2 fuel pumps @$3500 EACH one was 11000ks the other 190000ks and just left our workshop yeterday was a complete motor rebuild with 138000ks.not sure what that cost we havnt done a bill yet.
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Follow Up By: kwk56pt - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 20:17

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 20:17
Well thats of interest, I had cast my eye towards the 3 litre Rodeos as a possible replacement.Any ideas as to the cause of these failures,bio fuel or mechanical etc. The GQ 4.2 non aspirated diesel is about the only one that does last a long time but these are getting old now
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Follow Up By: nowimnumberone - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 20:58

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 20:58
the first fuel pump(11000ks)theres a device inside the fuel pump that acts like a crank angle sensor to tell the computer when the pump is at a certain point packetd it in.the company that does our repairs says they do a few of them.
the second pump was full of dirt.
and the oil rings were worn out on the motor so it was using 1 ltr of oil every 1000ks(this vehicle was recently bought second hand with full holden service history)
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Follow Up By: mike w (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 21:55

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 21:55
>full holden service history

There in lies the problem ;)
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:31

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:31
The only time you KNOW if its been serviced BY THE BOOK is if you do it yourself!! In particular specify cam belt replacement, brake and coolant flush because those are often forgotten particularly if you move away from the original new car dealership......silverback
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Reply By: mike w (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:05

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:05
My first rodeo, a 96, or was it a 97?? anyhoo, had close on 350k when sold. Brought second hand, ex farmers vehicle (evidenced by the copious amounts of hay (and stray sheep) that I found underneath the vinyl floor. In its fiosrt month had the brtake master, wheel bearings and starter motor replaced (doh, grrrrrr). Otherwise went well. Replaced clutch, hand brake cables and brake pads at 320ish, wound the turbo upto 13psi and was still going well when I traded in. Latest 02 model (2.8) had 250ish when I traded her in. No problems with her except for an injector replacement (ripped off by a perth injector mob grrrr, grrrrrr), starter motor and the injector pump wasnt working 100%. It reulsted in decreased fuel consumption, no, I mean INCREASED consumption, but not enough to warrant the $1600 repair bill. Only ever serviced every 10000km

Good vehicles, Many of my friends and aquatances (total of 3!!) have rodeos, and love them to death. No major issues except for run of the mill maintenance which would be expected in a vehicle of the 10yr+ vintage (unlike the 2003 vintage im drinking as we speak, prettuy damn gooD)

good vehicles, onmly whish they were a little more comfy for a tall bugger like myself
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Reply By: Member - Jeff H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 23:45

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 23:45
Mate our Rodeos ,(all diesel) built date 1986,1994 and 2001 (the last being the 3L varient), have all been exceptional.
The oldest, a 2.4, 2wd is still running at 300k plus. (local mechanic bought it).
The 2.8 enjoyed horrific turbo lag, but when sold at 280k, had busted a power steering hose, and that's all.
Current unit is fault free, touch wood. Only 150k, so still a pup. Have fitted a Beaudesert exhaust (2&5/8", from memory), with gas injection to come next month.

I don't think I'd buy another one. Isuzu seems to have strayed a bit.
Having said that, a few people had probs with the older units.
Personally, I reckon the 2.8 was a top unit: good luck eh.
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