My trusty (sorta kinda) Kia Sportage got totaled in an accordion crash thanks to a woman who can't tell the difference between the accelerator and the brake pedal. I'm looking at a 2000 Rodeo LS 4X2 with 98,000 miles offered by a private owner. It looks GREAT, but I'm ignorant about Isuzus. Got questions:

* What gas mileage should I expect? This is an issue for obvious reasons. I don't plan to tow.
* Does it have an interference engine? What is the typical life of the timing belt?
* I've read on another board that some people have problems with the transmissions - leaks, shifting, etc.
* Are electrical problems common?
* IF I buy it, I'll probably change all the major fluids (oil, coolant, transmission, rear axle) just to know everything is new so I'll have a reference base line. Any suggestions on fluids, such as special specs?

Hmmm ... need to change my signature.


Paw-paw Don, y'all
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