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Old 07-10-2003, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I am getting rid of my XJ and am likely going to get a Rodeo/Passport. The years that are in my price range are 1994-1997 so I had some questions for you who have knowledge of these babys. I want to get a V-6 with a 5 speed, but if I find a good auto, is it a good tranny? I won't be doing much wheeling with it at first, or at least no major stuff. Eventually I might consider doing a solid axle swap, but for now, just a good reliable rig for snow and the like. So, are there any years that are better than others for various reasons, anything to avoidc such as an auto tranny, V-6, etc. I would like to get a V-6 for the power gain and the Dana 44 rear, but if the 4 popper is more reliable than I would consider it. Any help is appreciated. If you want any XJ info I am willing to trade, but new to the Isuzu world.
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Old 07-10-2003, 08:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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im perty shure (the new ones are like this), the only way to get the auto and the 4x4 is whith the v-6. From what i have seen the v-6 is just as good as the 4bangers, and the auto dosnt seem to have many problems. Finding a 5speed 4x4 is going to be hard as most come from the factory whith the auto, to find a stick whith the v-6 and 4x4 it might be easier to look at amigos/rodeo sports if the 4doors arent critical.
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The auto is a GM 4L30E

The v6 is the only option to go for in the Rodeo for some performance.
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Old 07-10-2003, 10:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The auto is a GM 4L30E

The v6 is the only option to go for in the Rodeo for some performance.
It depends, with a 5 speed stick, the 2.6 4 cyl and the 2.8 V6 both have about the same performance just at different RPM bands. With the 4 banger you have to keep it wound up, where with the v6 you can lug it down.
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Old 07-11-2003, 05:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Rodeo/Passports are stout.

In the range you are looking at, I'd go 96-97; prior year models are slightly different.

The 96-97 has a 3.2L V6 which can suffer from valve "tick"; 5w-30 synth oil and regular changes usually take care of that.

Auto is GM and a good unit; 5-spd is MUA - also good. I like my five spd, but an auto is easier for wheelin'.

On the axle, look for 4.30 gears (as opposed to 4.10) and a G80 option code - that's the LSD.
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Looking for that option code, where is it located? Will it be on the diff like the gear tag or is it on a badge in the engine bay or door sill or something? Thanks for all your help, it is much appreciated.
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option codes

The option codes would be located on a plate on the inside of the engine compartment, driver's side:

G80 = Limited Slip
S7C = 43/10 gear ratio

you won't find much on the axle.

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