2001 ISUZU RODEO

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$2,999
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185,000 Miles
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Mileage: 185000
Color: WHITE
Body Style: SUV
Engine Type: 6 Cyl
Drive Train: 4X4
Fuel: GAS
Location: Oklahoma City, OK

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worth it!

4.8
bridgette on 02/21/2016

Customer Service: 5.0 Buying Process: 5.0 Quality Of Repair: 5.0 Overall Facilities: 4.0

Was a great place to go! I love my new car!!! The sales people are so nice!!

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3.8
  Based on 92 reviews

Owner of Suzie the Izuzie

3
Steve Metcalfe on 10/31/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 2

If well maintained its a a value.

Awesome used SUV

5
Pen name lady. on 07/31/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:

Strong engine comfortable ride stout Vehicle recommend for sure.

2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS 2WD OUTSTANDING SUV!

3.6
gunner4life on 12/08/2012

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I have owned my 01 rodeo half of its life. its been as reliable as a honda should be! it does lack horsepower no doubt. but the v6 does the job! the paint has held up and still looks great. as well as the leather seats! the only thing I can point out is the steel wheels. not a big fan of them! and as far as the recall/ rusted frame, mine has held up! always garaged kept! and hasn't seen salty roads for 6years now so I am sure that helps. mine has 168,000 miles and still running and going strong! I will never sell this SUV! Ive been making improvements as of lately with the new decals and wheel replacement.... I would purchase another rodeo down the road if need be! a 2004 model NEXT TIME....

Problems? Maybe a couple small ones

4.5
redg on 03/16/2011

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I'm in California. No salted roads, not much rain or snow. I've read the reviews of rusted frames but mine has no rust. I bought the car, a previous rental, one year old and, except for the fuel sender, replaced at 75000 mi. and the recurring engine light for the egr valve (Just remove it and clean it...easy to do) it's performed flawlessly. Only gets 20mpg on the road and uses a quart of oil (I run 5-30 synthetic) between changes. Rough riding without a full load of people. I love this car. Plenty of power and nimble handling, I guess the winter drive selection must sense temperature because it only worked once...in winter. Power drive is a nice touch. A poor man's Honda Passport

BEWARW!!! Stay Away from 98-02 Rodeos. MAJOR SAFTEY RECALL!!

3.9
eroeder7966 on 01/12/2011

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I've owned my 01 Rodeo LS since 06. Got it with 58,286 miles. To this day looks and runs like new with the exception of check engine light caused buy sending unit. Love the truck. But on November 23,2010 while traveling 40mph the bracket connecting the trailing arm to the frame broke away causing the vehicle to sway out of control. This problem is common to 90-95% of all 98-02 Isuzu Rodeos, Axioms and Honda Passports. Both manufactures havea fix for the brackets, however these fixes will only work on a small percentage of the affected vehicles due to excessive frame rust. My 01 Rodeo with only 81,192 miles was deemed unrepairable Isuzu is now in the process of buying it back for only $4500.

Longest I've ever owned vehicle

4.1
Good Enough on 09/09/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this thing used with 12,000 miles on it. I've had the same issues it seems everyone has with the Rodeo. The check engine light has been on since it had 65,000 miles on it. The gas gauge issue was fixed once with about 85,000 miles on it. Now the same problem is back. I ignore the check engine light and just reset the tripometer each time I fill it up and put gas in when I get to 250-275 miles to be safe. I've had no major mechanical issues. I had the transmission serviced at around 85,000 to replace the gaskets. Nothing more. After reading others reviews I consider myself lucky. This is the third Rodeo I've owned. I still get around 18 MPG and it still tows camper and small boat.

Great fun reliable vehicle

4.8
Loved it!!! on 09/03/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I loved this SUV. NEVER once failed me. There was only one problem with it that had something to do with the axles but the mechanics could never figure it out. Even the small things that couldn't be fixed, it never failed to start up and drive anywhere. I could tell it was starting to die though, at only 93000 miles. It didn't have much longer to go. It was very well taken care of, i just don't believe they're meant to last very long.

Not Shabby

4.6
MWA3C on 07/16/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought this ISUZU RODEO based on looks and handling with 110,000 miles on her. Burns about 1qt of oil every 2500 miles or so using 15w40 (owners manual suggests 15w40 and up, go with it, 10w30 will just run right out of her). Overall not a bad truck, could use a little more HP under the hood but for a 3.0 L V6 it's not horrible. The suspension is a bit hard on the back with not a lot of travel so you hit the frame bumpers often.. Overall I find long drives are really comfortable. Currently have 155,000 miles on it and still going strong. Regularly driven on 6 hour drives between states w/o issue.

Good, but

3.8
TCope on 07/03/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

We bought a 4-cyl Rodeo brand new, loved the exterior design; paint is still good at 82k miles. Almost immediately had trouble with brake drums and rotors that Isuzu would not cover. Harder to get service now that they are out of business. Had to replace exhaust manifold twice, and now EGR valve and fuel tank sensor have gone bad. Used to get 26-30 mpg highway, now 16-17 mpg in town. 4-cyl just doesn't have enough power, and with rear while drive it is terrible in the snow. If you're buying, look for a 6-cyl with 4WD. We loved driving the truck, but we're through with the repair bills.

Nightmare!

3.1
Kelly on 06/26/2010

Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

Purchased this car with 150,000 miles, nothing but problems since I have had it. Converter stopped up, when it is first started, it doesn't want to go. Been in the shop for going on 3 weeks, mechanic can not figure out what is wrong with it. on the positive side, it is comfortable and looks great. if only it was as reliable as it looked!

Good Vehicle

4.8
Rodeo Girl on 06/24/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great SUV for a small family. I had absolutely no problems with it until it reached 173,000 miles. The transmission begin to slip. I have been in a accident in 2007 and it still ran great until the end of 2009 now I am having the transmission rebuilt and will hold on to it as long as possible. I love my vehicle.

Happy Camper

4.9
Vince on 05/03/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

78,000 miles when I bought it, now 161,000. Most reliable vehicle I've owned, but at 120,000 I had preventive maintenance done to it also, installed a new timing belt, water pump, oil pump, and belt tensioner. All four items came together as a parts kit and they are all together in the engine too, kit made sense to do all. Could do better on oil consumption, but not too terrible. Uses cheap fuel sending units and replacements are cheap too, I replaced the first one myself at 81,000 and the second one at 158,000, cost less than $40 each. I get a ABS light when the trans fluid is low once a year, have to add fluid through drain plug. Lots of shops scam people on this, check levels 1st and save $$$!

OKay

4.3
Okay on 04/30/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought my car just this year it is a rebuilt 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Ls with 64,000 miles, and it is running great few minor problem, and the cruise control does not work but nothing biggy. running great. Love it

Do not purchase

2.6
Barb on 09/07/2009

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

I couldn't wait to buy an SUV - found this one used for a good price. Loved it! Owned it for 3 years, replacing brakes and the usual maintenance. Then the bottom rusted out of it entirely - my shop guy was able to put a screwdriver through the entire underside. Isuzu would do nothing nor would the dealership. Isuzu will not do a thing! DO NOT BUY THIS SUV.

Comme ci, comme ca

3.9
Nicolle on 07/30/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I absolutely loved driving this truck because it drove like a car, and drove very smoothly. Super comfortable, great features. But it was a rustbox, I had to get rid of it before it got so bad as to knock the value down too far. The transmission started to slip at approx. 85,000 miles. It was noticeable when going from 1st to 2nd gear - it would hold back, then jump into 2nd. Also from reverse back to 1st. Scared me, didn't want to put a new tranny in. Not much else went wrong with this truck though, it was very reliable and a great size. Awful gas mileage though. Isuzus are cheaply made in the undercarriage, I wouldn't recommend buying one older than a couple years if you live near salt.

Drove it for 1 week!

3.5
MAJOR alarm problems on 07/16/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

We only had it for 1 week, when someone set the alarm off. Got in it next morning and it wouldn't stay cranked. Now it won't start at all. We've taken it to 5 different shops/mechanics, including a dealership & no one can find anything wrong with it. After researching online, it seems like others have had same problem & it has to do with the alarm system-but no one seems to know how to shut the alarm off, bypass it, etc. I don't understand how no one knows how to fix it! We're running out of patience & money! And we bought it w/out a warranty, so it's starting to look like a total loss, which we can't afford! I'm so sick about this & wish we'd never bought this vehicle!

Great Truck

4.8
Love My Truck on 07/08/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Other than the usual maintenance at 100,000, it has been great! Transmission rebuild at 135000, but no other problems. I really wish that Isuzu was still selling this model here in the US. I would love to have a new one. (After another 100,000!)

Pretty happy

4.5
Paul on 06/01/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I now have over 100k on my Rodeo and it's only been in the shop 1 time for a new heater. It's been very reliable. Gas mileage is so-so, seats could be more comfortable, but all in all, I've been happy with it. Bought it at 0% for 72 months. I plan on buying a new Yukon soon...I hope it is as reliable as my Rodeo has been.

Great Vehicle - So So Company

3.5
2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS on 05/04/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

I purchased the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS new in Oct 01. I have had some issues, but nothing too bad. 3150 - Front Axle Shift Motor. 14800 - Left Front ABS Sensor. 65000 - Rear Wiper Motor. 80000 - Fuel Tank Sending Unit. 87000 - #5 Cylinder Gaskets. 95000 - Right Front ABS Sensor. 98600 - Idler pulley 99000 - Cooling fan gear. I have done all the major maintenance, diff fluid changes, bearings packed, timing belt, etc. I regret having a vehicle that is in warranty, but there is no dealership nearby. Isuzu has been TERRIBLE to deal with with on the Fuel sending unit. They were rude, unrealistic, and changed their story... I would not buy another Izuzu due to that only.

Seriously think before buying one of these

2.9
AhhhIsuzuCars on 05/02/2009

Performance: 1 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1

Disclaimer: Never buy from a person. I have had this car only 8 months and it has been AWFUL. I have had to replace the brakes, replace the transmission, then have it rebuilt, replace the tires, abs sensor, transmission mode switch, cables, EGR valve, there was a transmission leak, wheel bearings, 2 plugs, timing belt, water pump... the lists goes on and on. I've reached my last straw. It's now in the shop for the computer in the car about 800.00-1,000.00 I bought the car for 6,000 - RIP OFF - and put more than that into fixing it! Seriously think before buying one of these. It was supposed to be a late b-day present! HA! Best one ever. DON'T BUY FROM A PERSON!

My 2001 Rodeo

4.5
alex on 02/09/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My second Isuzu, the first being a 1985 Trooper, which I loved. My present 2001 Rodeo, with 39,000 miles has been 100% reliable. In fact, its 6 cylinder engine is absolutely dry, no oil seeps or leaks. I have never owned a vehicle with a dry engine after almost 40,000 miles. I have driven cross country twice and both were good trips. I also drive motorcycles and that is why my mileage is low. I have maintained the vehicle properly and plan to keep it until one of us dies. The 120,000 mile drive train warranty was the first high mileage warranty offered in the USA.

Big Mistake!

2.6
Josh on 01/03/2009

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 2

I bought this car used at an affordable price. Now I know why it was so affordable. Once the fuel gauge gets below 3/4 tank, it constantly floats down to empty and back. I'm never really sure how much gas I have. The check engine light comes on constantly and my mechanic says it's an exhaust problem. The 4 wheel drive only works some of the time, other times it kicks itself out of gear and makes a horrible grinding noise. Also, the handle to make the passenger seat recline will not stay on, and the front speakers blew after I had the car for 6 months (I don't even listen to the radio much).

Still in progress

4
bob on 10/07/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

Bought this Rodeo with 49000 miles on. The first year it was my baby, I loved it. But as time goes on and I learn it's soft spots I wonder if I was smart in buying it. Gas gauge never worked right, now not at all. Stalls when trying to start when warmed up. Tried several tuneups to fix. Now am told it might be intake gasket. Very disappointed in quality of drive train makeup. Tuned up but made no difference.

Dependable & Comfortable

4.9
2001 IsuzuRodeo on 08/26/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This SUV was very reliable. It has smooth handling yet was tough when needed. Felt more like a car ride than a stiff SUV. Other than typical wear and maintenance, this car did not need parts replaced or upgraded. The only issue is that the two little exterior pieces under the tail lights/above the bumper started to rust prematurely after the 3rd year of ownership. (A little unsightly.) RWD was fine on dry roads but a little dicey on wet/snowy roads. The 4WD was ideal! Easily drove through unplowed lots or streets where others were getting stuck. It's too bad Isuzu discontinued this model, because I would have bought another.

Isuzu Rodeo 2001

3.4
tidebelle on 06/15/2008

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I own an Isuzu Rodeo 4 cy. 5 speed. While the overall experience with my truck has been good, the most recent problems have concerned me. It has blown a headgasket twice now and I feel that the 4 cyl. engine is not enough muscle for the weight of the truck.

LS V6 3.2 5sp MT

4
kylel012 on 05/28/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

There seem to be many issues with high mileage. We bought brand new. Did not however have any problems til now. With 213600 miles on it, I just had to replace the wiring harness @ $2000.00 and this morning it would not move. It pulls a horse trailer with no problems.

Wish I never would have bought it

3.1
ansauer on 05/19/2008

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

Its been nothing but trouble since the day after i purchased it. All transmission problems, lots of jerking when i try to speed up, things fall apart easily on it, made very cheaply

Just a joy!

4.6
Rob on 05/19/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased this truck almost new (5,000 mile demo) and other than scheduled maintenance (and a blown transmission at 98,000 miles, which was covered under the fantastic 110,000 mile warranty). I have not had any problems that would cause me to not like or even buy another of this mid-size SUV.

No Complaints

4.6
roughnail82 on 05/02/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the vehicle brand new back in sept. of '01 and haven't had any major problems with it. This SUV is rock solid. I have put this suv through hell and back. I haven't changed the oil since november of last year and it has 162k miles on it. I've had it for so long i've given up on it dying. I take it offroad all the time which i've never gotten stuck. I drive it like i stole it atleast 95 mph on the highways everyday and drive in bumper to bumper in afternoons. I haven't had to replace anything really except the belts and a couple batteries. This is an awesome suv

4cyl 5 speed

3.5
polarzu on 04/20/2008

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

Bought new, have 60m miles on it. Not bad for the price. It has lots of cargo space and seating room with a strong ac/htr system that blows ice cold air or hot air. Have had several problems though. Ignition spark missing, odometer counting to fast(still not right),rear windshield wiper quit/front ones stalling, very expensive/inconvenient to have worked on,no one repairs except dealer 50 mi away. If you're wondering why cars are passing you at 65, it's because you're really going 57. It's a pain to figure out what speed you're actually going. Also for a 4 cylinder this is terrible gas mileage.

A Lucky One?

5
dpgull on 11/10/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I pray I continue to get a clean slate...Had an Amigo loved that, and now seemed to get a realy nice low mile LSE with no engine knock and all parts still together, they sure did take care of this one, and due to the fact they depriciate so fast and hard, could not find a better deal for the money anywhere. Do your homework and really check them out before you buy, they are not all lemons

Solid, Reliable Truck

4.8
Bob on 09/29/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After 4 years and 70,000+ miles I have nothing but good things to say about this truck. One point I will make, though, is that the Rodeo is a truck. That can be good or bad depending on your needs. For my needs, it is excellent. It tows well, has plenty of power, negotiates snowy roads extremely well (and off-road, for that matter). Any complaints about a rough ride and low fuel economy can be attributed to any 4x4 truck. My Subaru rides great and gets 27 mpg but it couldn't pull the hair off of a wet dog. That's my two cents. Oh, and with 92,000 miles and 2 trips across the country (loaded down, avg 18mpg), it's still running as strong as ever. Great truck.

I Love My Rodeo!

4.8
Tatorbird on 09/20/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my rodeo new from the dealer in 2001. Although we do not have a dealer in my city anymore, there are dealers in surrounding cities for servicing if I ever needed them. I can say that, at 80,000+ miles, I've had no problems with my Rodeo. I have followed all the scheduled maintenance (not cheap), but the only thing I've ever had to replace were the brakes at 4 years and the battery at 5 years. Prior cars were Ford Thunderbird, Ford Taurus, Ford Festiva, and Pontiac Sunbird. I love my Rodeo and highly recommend them.

Biggest mistake I ever made.

2.1
F Long on 07/09/2007

Performance: 1 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

I purchased this car in Oct 06. It has been in the shop 4X'S for transmission problems, just had trans overhauled as of today still not fixed. I only put 6000 miles on it because I never get to drive it. Its always in the shop for weeks at a time. It rides like an elephant, very bumpy ride. If they ever fix it I'm trading it in ASAP. I will never buy a Rodeo again. Exterior looks great but don't be fooled. If you see it on the dealership lot, run the other way as fast as you can.

My Review on 02/10/2007

3.9
Harry on 02/10/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Purchased my 2001 Rodeo LS 4WD used on 10/02/2002 with 15,000 miles on it. The 4WD did not work right off due to a bad actuator that had to be replaced. About a year later the Transmission Position Sensor went out and had trouble putting in gear. Ran fine for the following 3 years without one problem. About 6 months ago the TPS went out again, and fixed it myself by cleaning out the dirt. About a month later or 5 months ago at 78,000 miles, the transmission had to be replaced at a cost of $2000.00. Aside from the transmission, can't complain too much. Power is good, the integrity of chassis is good, and rides a little bumpy. Would not purchase again though.

I love my Rodeo!

4.6
Rodeo01 on 08/30/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought a 2001 Rodeo LSE 4WD in 2006 with 135,000 km on it. I have had no problems whatsoever so far with it and love everything about it. Lots of room, great fun to drive, very stylish exterior, 21 mpg - which isn't really that bad for an SUV.

Good Experience

4.3
James on 07/23/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Only problem we experienced with this car was an EGR valve. Other than that, it's been an nice reliable SUV that has permitted fun excursions that would not otherwise be available from a smaller car.

Great car, some reliability issues

4.3
wbsr92 on 04/29/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Have run this car several miles. Great family car. Lacks power, however gets 22 mpg. Purchased extended warranty and used it several times. Car had exhaust manifold defects, two failures. Running great for now. Parts are expensive. Several sensor failures. Overall I like the car, bought it for the long run and hope to get 10 years out of it. Front brakes replaced at 114k, timing belt 112k, original tires 56k. Shocks 105k.

Tough To Complain

4.4
A Wolf on 12/17/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After 4 years & almost 80K, can't really complain. Done basic maintenance only, no unusual problems or costs, and still going strong. Can't complain about the 18-20mpg from a 4x4 SUV that sees a lot of city driving, I think it's darn good. Don't get why people complain. Do run mid grade fuel to eliminate minor knocking. Has some minor squeaks & rattles, but mostly I'm impressed with its ride quality and how well it has held up.

Four Years With My Rodeo

4.4
huntly on 11/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

No problems other than characteristic fuel usage common to these type vehicles. Two cross country trips, coast to coast, were fine. Minor alignment problem taken care of by dealer. Great drivetrain warranty not required. After 4 years, I have no regrets other than the failure of the brand to flourish. I previously owned a 1988 Trooper and it was my all-time favorite vehicle. I hated to trade it in, but the time was right. Owned it for 130,000 self maintained miles. While old Trooper was heavy in the maintenance required, the Rodeo has nothing to do, but drive and enjoy. It is so much more in power and great handling than old Trooper. Bad image undeserved. I am a happy owner on 10 year plan.

You get what you pay for.

3.8
Iceman75 on 10/06/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

Good looking vehicle. Dings very easily. Exhaust rattles likes it's coming loose. This happened when it was a year old. Windows fuse is blown, so the windows are stuck in the up position. Rear windshield wiper doesn't work any more either. No idea why. Looking forward to selling it and buying a Mercedes M Class. Got to admit, I got this at a great price with 0% financing.

Isuzu forgets your name after the sale

3
Onerobertone on 08/17/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I bought this car new. Never again will I buy an Isuzu. Nothing but problems since day one. I still have a check engine light that comes and goes and that nobody can figure out what it is. When I called Isuzu to talk to them about it, the guy on the other end of the phone fought with me about stuff like whether I said "a car" or "the car". It was the worst case of customer service ever!

Very good after almost 4 years

4.4
F.N. on 06/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have to say that after almost 4 years, my Rodeo has held up quite well. True, I haven't put but 45k miles on it, but its handled them as well as I could have hoped. I have to admit that I, too, was shocked to find out how badly it depreciated. I don't understand that. It gets decent reviews and reliability ratings so why does it lose so much value? The gas mileage could be a bit better and I have also noticed the spluttering at cold startup but its done that since I bought it so I don't worry about it. Overall, this has been a very comfortable, reliable vehicle. I just wish it was worth a little more now.

Isuzu Rodeo 4 Wheel Drive

4.4
huntly on 05/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my second Isuzu, having owned a 1988 Trooper for 13 years. I truly loved that truck & went to places very wild. The Rodeo is in a different world. It has a very nice V6 engine, powerful and maintenance free. Night and day from the old Troopers high maintenance 4 cylinder. I have 30,000+ miles and have done nothing but lube it and one wheel alignment. I have driven round trip from WA to FL and had no problems. The roof rack holds 200 lbs, which is much more than most vehicles and since I carry a kayak and gear, is a nice quality feature built in. Many pro reviewers don't like Isuzu, but my experiences are all good. High speed driving is excellent & the brakes are excellent. I am not sorry.

Happy so Far

4.5
Jung on 04/06/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought new in 2001. Our Rodeo has been a good truck so far. Minimum problems. Only 1 warranty repair (engine sensor)and one repair after warranty (abs sensor). Great family vehical. Nice handling for SUV, good power. Have noticed some salt damage on rims. Depreciation was very bad first year, but looks to be stablizing. Would recommend if to someone buying used.

KC Fan of Rodeos

4.3
Al Ayala on 03/16/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven my Rodeo for the last 4 years, with no problems at all. Besides oil changes and other types of preventive maintenance you have to do on all vehicles my Isuzu is tops. I had a problem with the fuel pump, but with the extended warranty I had on the vehicle it was taken care of immediately. After four years that is a pretty good track record in my book.

Lots of little problems

2.8
2001 rodeo driver on 02/25/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

Good size. Drives well to Tahoe. Lots of passenger room. Lots of mechanical prblems. Check engine light comes mostly with low gas (got it checked, can't be fixed). When its cold, the engine is a little picky to start. Ride is a bit rough. Wheel has a shake at freeway speeds. Gas mileage is definitly that of an SUV. The most bothersome problem I am having now is with the transmission. Which is definitly no good.

Good SUV

4.4
Solid SUV on 02/15/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Bought this SUV to replace another one ('99) of which was totaled (not my fault!). Very confident in the vehicles safety as I was not injured seriously despite being hit in the driver's side door by a car going 55 mph. There were very few changes to the '01 compared to the '99, but the subtle changes were good, like the rear wiper automatically returns to its off position when the truck is turned off. Overall this was the best SUV for the price that we could find. It doesn't have many of the "frills" of other midsized SUVs but for the price is pretty well equipped. We use it a lot for towing an RV and it performs flawlessly.

Buyer Beware

1.6
LuckyLeneard on 01/11/2005

Performance: 2 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

If you value comfort do NOT buy this vehicle. After I bought mine in 2002 I've had nothing but back problems since. After further examination I found the front drivers seat doesn't actually face foward. It is twisted to the left about 5 degrees and the gas pedal is nearly in the middle of the floorboard. It really cause some uncomfort. I found this to be true in the 2003-2005 models as well.

electrical problems

2.8
Amy on 01/06/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

I have had multiple problems-replaced fan clutch and bracket, ignition coil, right turn signal burns out fuse that controls many other things including heat and power windows, transmission slipping at 78k mi., replaced serpentine belt 2x b/c fan clutch shredded the other one when the bracket broke, most parts are isuzu only parts and must pay a fortune for them; most are marked up 100%, seals on front windows coming undone and windows don't shut properly.

Fun To Drive

4
Josh on 01/04/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I got my Isuzu over the common explorer and other midsize SUVs because it drives like a car, not a truck. It's fun, unless you worry about the gas gauge which seems like it depletes pretty fast...Overall, I'm glad I got the car, the brakes squeak like mad when its wet though. No mechanical problems to speak of. It sputters on startup when its cold, but nevertheless it starts up and goes.

Rodeo Fan

4.6
SUV Heaven on 09/16/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

After much research I bought a used 2001 LS V6 Rodeo w/ 45k miles late July from Pugmire Isuzu of Marietta Georgia, great dealership. My previous car was a 95 Ford Contour so to say the least, the Rodeo is an improvement. The V6 engine is smooth as silk and seems very reliable so far. Plenty of power, takes hills like a champ!! The engine idle is so quite, when I left the dealer the day I bought if I thought the engine cut off while I was waiting at a stoplight. Interoir is nothing fancy but I did not buy a SUV for luxury. Build quality seems to be very solid, no squeeks or rattles. Love the sporty/aggressive looks, stands out from all the other cookie cut

Good fun vehicle

4.8
Egalmag on 08/30/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Never had to have it back to the dealer, it is still fun to drive.

Good Truck

4.4
jsh on 07/07/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Good truck. Make sure you pay proper price

Silver bullet

4.4
James Martin on 05/20/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had the truck for 4 months and so far it has been great: excellent power, good looks, and a good highway traveler.

Still solid

4.6
Green Giant on 05/19/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall a solid vehicle. At 55k miles, it's tighter than friends explorers, trailblazers etc. Had an early problem with the front right wheelbearing loosening up but they replaced it. My rodeo has been tight as can be. No squeeks or rattles, engine is clean. 52K I had the brakes and undercarriage loked at. 60% wear left on rear brakes, 50% left up front. No rust, no leaks, exhaust is fine. For the money it's a great value. Still one of the best looking mid sized SUV's out there. Paint is great, body hardware has been great. Not the smoothest ride, but not bad.

What's that noise?

4.1
Assilemmoyers on 05/16/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my Rodeo! It is an absolute dream to drive despite the enormous amount of change that goes into filling it up. It doesn't drive as smooth as I would have hoped but I like the fact that its big and roomy. There is an annoying sound coming from the back and no one seems to be able to figure out what it is. Its loud around turns and little and big bumps. Other than that its a beautiful and fun vehicle to drive. No problems as of yet mechanically except for a cold start problem that was easy to fix. Also do not play burned cds in your six disc changer, it jams pretty easily and is testy about what you put in there.

Not that great

3.1
gad1 on 05/10/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

Paid 23K with leather, 2WD. I bought this SUV because I liked the looks and style. But after 3 years, I am sick of the noisy, bouncy ride. Brakes constantly squeal. Steering wheel constanly shakes despite new tires. I Like the room with the rear seat folded, great for trips to Home Depot for Fence/deck lumber. Overall, no major mechanical problems, just toons of squeeks, road noise, and crapy handling. I will NEVER buy a second one...

2001 Rodeo

3.9
Zd on 04/26/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

2001 Rodeo w/ 60,000 miles, has been nothing short of great for me. Interior looks kind of outdated, gas mileage not too good, but what I would excpect from an SUV

AC Compressor and Cruise Control

2.9
grockford on 03/10/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

I, like a previous reviewer, need a new AC compressor. AC compressor went 1500 miles out of warranty. Cruise control also engages itself when the car is running primarly at a speed less than 20 mph, and they can not find the problem. Had a 97 rodeo prior to this one and never had any problems with it even when it got to 90,000 miles.

Another Sucker

2.4
DMS1011 on 03/07/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 4

Ok, I purchased a 2001 Iszuzu for my wife to drive. As others have mentioned the depreciation is AMAZING - Thankful I am in a lease. Now my issue, the lease is up in 30 days and I have not recieved a single call or notice from Iszuzu reguarding lease turn-in. Go to a dealer and they refuse the vehicle. Like many of the other comments listed here, cheap interior, lots of power with the V6 - simply said - it's a box on wheels and you get less than what you pay for with other manufactures.

Fun to drive

4.5
kentan on 02/26/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

It is a good little suv for the price but could use a little better gas mileage.

Stay Away!

1.1
Reallymad on 02/10/2004

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

Wow! What an impressively unreliable vehicle! Since the intake manifold gasket failed (under warrenty) the vehicle has been nothing but problems. Two fried computers, bad throttle body, MAF sensor, wiring harness short(!!!), makes me wonder what's next. We've parted with over $10,000 in payments over the course of the loan. The vehicle is now only worth $8000 (if it were running right, that is.) We just going to take our beating and get away from this flaming POS!

Stay away!

1.9
rayv5 on 01/29/2004

Performance: 1 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

Paid $21000 new in 2002 and try to trade back in one year later and would only give me $11000 at the same dealer I got it from. Others would only give me $8000 to $10000. In 34000 miles have had problems with the brake paddle three times. It uses 1 1/2 quarts of oil every 3000 miles. Jumps bad if I do not use 93 octane gas. Hate that I got stuck with it!

2001 Rodeo

1.8
Sweet01heart on 01/21/2004

Performance: 2 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 3

I really do not like my Rodeo. But I went from A Mustang to a suv, and do truly miss my stang! But I needed more room for my daughter, and didn't want to go all the way up to a full size SUV, so I went with the rodeo. I bought it used, but in very good shape. But geez, it loves gas!!! My husbands 3/4 ton Chevy gets the same gas mileage as my rodeo!! And the depreciation is horrible!!! I can not even think about selling it for what I owe on it! It depreciated very very fast!!

It's no Rodeo Drive

2.9
say no to isuzu on 12/29/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Got the SUV new back in late 2000. Within 30,000 miles the car needed new engine seals, trans. sensors/ knocks, fuel sensor and other electrical work. It was all covered under warranty...but new engine seals on a car with less than 30k mile (driven with care and serviced)? Oh, here is the sad part, after the dealer fixed and replace all of the above, half a mile down the road after leaving the dealer the car started up again with the transmission problems. It's a lease, it will be turned in but I would never buy or lease another Isuzu.

Better than a Blazer

4.6
Fezzmo on 10/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I owned a Blazer prior to buying the Rodeo. The Rodeo is faster, more solid, more agile, and it goes better in the snow. I drive over 30K a year and I have had only one mechanical problem that required service. I will have over 70K by December 03. I get 20 miles per gal. so I don't understand other peoples issues w/ gas milage. The auto does "spark knock" on low octane fuel when the engine is strained (pulling a hill), but it does not create a mechanical problem. However, the 205HP engine does fine. I was surprised to see this auto rated below an 8 overall.

2001 Used LSE

3.8
DMC VA on 10/28/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

We have had good luck with Isuzu trucks in the past 10 years, including 92 Rodeo, 95 Trooper LTD and our current fleet -- 98 Rodeo S (work truck) and my 01 Rodeo LSE. The 01 LSE is by far the best of the lot, with improvements at every level above the earlier models. This is a solid midsized SUV for the pricepoint.

okay

2.9
mom22 on 10/25/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

My husband needed to trade in his lease truck and I wanted to upsize from a sedan (Camry). My husband saw it on the lot and jumped in without looking. My husband loves the Rodeo. I am patiently waiting for a minivan now. I hate how it drives! Who knew that a rough off road handling meant city streets. AND not to mention the noise level.

Watch out for 50,000 miles!

3.3
KathyG on 10/03/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I now have to replace the A/C compressor on my rodeo, LSE. The total cost $1,300. Ironic that my vehicle just past 50,000 miles and the warrenty no longer applies. I should have purchased the Honda, and will do so in the future. For purchasing a fully loaded vehicle, I am not pleased with having to put that high cost of service in it when its less than 3 years old, and its been serviced regularly.

cheap power

3
dollar on 09/26/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 4

Have had my RODEO for two years and am very suprised of how fast it has depreciated, I guess I got what I paid for. The interior of the truck just screams out cheap. When you feel and see the thin plastic material that ISUZU used for the dash and other parts. I have not had any major problems, exept I had to change my rear break shoes within 40,000 miles. Good power for small truck. Air conditiong seems to take forever to kick in. You will find yourself like a bobble-head when the road gets bumpy. Sleeping policemen (speed bumps)seem to be a little too much for this truck. If you dont mind cheap interior, rough ride, poor mpg, then this truck is for you.

2001 Rodeo

4.4
R.E. Marino on 08/24/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The only concern I have is the gas milage. Of course, we knew about that when we bought it. Not good on long trips (MPG about 18),

Pleased Overall

4
andrea kelley on 08/21/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased the Rodeo when I found out I was pregnant and specifically wanted a small SUV for the ease of getting a child in and out of the car seat. I didn't want to hurt my back by lifting an bending over constantly. The extra space for the stroller and misc supplies has been a real plus. The actual performance of the vehicle has been excellent. I haven't had any problems what so ever mechanically. The pick up is not as powerful as I sometimes want it, but then again I need to remeber there are children in the car now and I don't need to race everywhere I go.Overall I'm satisfied.

Put the Brakes On

3.4
Not So Happy Now on 08/15/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

Bought 2001 on recommendation of friend. Truck is fun to drive, looks great. However, the ride is rough, the 4-cyl is way underpowered, and the brakes are bad. Only 31,000 miles of mixed city/road driving and we had to have entire front and rear brakes replaced for "heat spots" from overheating. Lots of squeaks and rattles. Resale value terrible. Buy it if you like a good-looking truck but don't care about reliability or performance.

Loving it

4.9
HGW on 08/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We've had virtually no problems, we love this vehicle. This is our second Rodeo ('97 LS got wrecked, we loved it too, RIP). We've only just recently had a nuisance problem with the back windshield wiper (gets caught when closing back glass, then gets out-of-whack a little, now it's only working hit-and-miss, I haven't taken it in for service yet). The transmission has just recently started shifting funny too (seems to shift up/down a gear for no reason at low speed), so I'll get it looked at asap too. Neither of these problems are bad enough to shake my faith in my Rodeo though!

0% can hurt

3.8
Rude Dog on 06/25/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Decent auto. Enjoyed the comfortable leather and smooth ride. Was disappointed when a body seam broke after only a couple months of driving, which created an annoying rattle. Had it fixed no problems, but everyone knows how inconvenient is it to have your vehicle in the shop. Overall, I really enjoyed the SUV. We realized upon purchase, but with the 0% they offered, we knew that overabundance of Rodeo's, the resale would be terrible. We purchased an LSE with all the added extras (was featured in the KC, MO Autoshow, so it was souped-up) for around $29000. Traded it in 2.25 years later for $14,500. Amazingly, that's about $750 over KBB.

lemon

1.6
gregthe fool on 06/11/2003

Performance: 2 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

Two AC compressors. Isuzu will not budge an inch on anything out of warranty. Numerous problems related to AC, Instruments, switch between AC and Power train. I'll never buy another

Rodeo S V6

3.3
Scheer on 06/02/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

Burned a huge amount of oil (quart every 900 miles or so) Had to have engine replaced under warranty after 27000 miles. Gas milege is at around 15 mpg combined.

Only the Beginning!

1.9
EC on 03/14/2003

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 3

After taking the Rodeo back to the dealer 5 times in last 19 months (first time after the first 27 days!) for the same problem in the front wheels, the problem was finally diagnosed by an outside mechanic- wheel bearings! However, the problem has caused significant wear and cupping of tires (20000 miles on vehicle) and while driving, loss of brakes. All of this could have been avoided if thorough checks would have been made! The Rodeo is definitely a gas hog-16 mpg! And the engine pinging-another problem that started in the first month of ownership! Not to mention the depreciation. What a mistake!! No wonder they give a 120000 mile powertrain warranty!

Stuck with a headache

2.5
Eric_V on 02/28/2003

Performance: 2 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

My experience with this vehicle has not been very positive. Since the first day that I purchased it, it hesitates when the engine is cold (had it checked numerous times and the problem cannot be resolved. The depreciation is astronomical! I paid $28,965 less than 1 year ago. It is currently worth $15,000 - 11K miles. I did not even have this vehicle for a year and lost nearly $14000. It consumes too much fuel. I would not recommend an Isuzu to anyone unless you have money to throw away.

Powerful, yet gas and money hungry

3.5
ENK on 01/17/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

I have enjoyed driving this car. It has lots of pickup. Took it on a trip through Tennessee and never hesitated once in the hills.

You can count on Isuzu

4.4
Dkeller on 12/28/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My Third Isuzu, other two were 94 and 89 Troopers. These things run without problems and low low maintainence.

Isuzu Rodeo 2001

2.9
taken advantage of on 12/19/2002

Performance: 1 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

This is my second Rodeo - the first one (1999) died of engine problems in 2001 so I was tricked into buying another one from a dealer. The second one (2001) - the new and improved- is in the shop yet again for almost 3 weeks now with problems with the front axle. I took the car from the dealership earlier this week after it was"fixed" and on the way home, I the car blew out again after looking a bolt in the front axle (I believe). It was towed back to the dealer and the tow truck driver reinforced my idea to get a different car - He told me they all do this. My cousins (at 60K miles) two weeks ago died on a trip across the country.

Great Find

5
C.P. on 08/24/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After I had been in an accident that rolled my van, I went looking for a good reliable vehicle with low miles. I found a Rodeo and instantly new this was the vehicle. The ride is great. Being in the south we have some rough roads and big hills. This vehicle is able to navigate the terrain well. It feels very stable on the road. After about 3 months and pushing up the miles I still love the vehicle and have found it only starts to get uncomfortable after riding in it for about 5 hours. As my friends and fam have checked it out they too have found it to be a great vehicle and might be getting one of their own.

Value

3.3
nichole on 08/01/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

The value of this car is terrible. After a year and a half with my car, the value is a little less than half of the purchase price. And those offers are from several dealerships.

Accidental Purchase

4.4
Frank G on 06/16/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My S10 pickup blew its enging and I needed a vehicle right now. Saw the Rodeo LS 4WD at the Dodge dealer and it only took a few minutes to purchase. Its a solid feeling very good handling auto that pleased both my wife and I. Ride is a bit rough, mpg only so-so (16 city 22 high way) but a very easy to operate vehicle. Took it on a 1200 trip first week and loved every mile.

2001 Rodeo LSE

4.1
Jody on 05/29/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

The brakes are so noisey when applied...nothing like my Toyota !! AC takes for ever to get cold and rides just like any other SUV loud and bouncy !! 11 k and ready to trade it in...

Rodeo

4.9
Ralf52 on 04/04/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I haven't had any problems. My service has been excellent and I drive every day 60 miles. The car has now 10000 miles.

WHAT A GREAT SUV

4.9
JOEISUZU on 03/19/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I can't see why people don't take advantage of this truck it is great hey people eat up the passport hello it is the same car wise up get the rodeo it is the real thing would never trade it and I sold a 4 runner to buy mine and do not regret it one bit

Very Good SUV

5
Jerrico on 03/13/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

So far no problem. Excellent service at dealership - done for the schedule service maintenance only

Rodeo 2001

2.8
transam402002 on 03/04/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 3

The worst part about this vehicle is the inflated price. A vehicle that costs $27000 is only worth, according to Nada and the Isuzu Salesmen, only $17000 a year later. According to all the books the vehicle only depreciates in value an average of 3000 a year. How does that work? Secondly, it takes forever to get used to the steering wheel and where it is situated. Thirdly, it is extremely loud when driving on the highway. You would think you are driving a soft top.

Good Buy

4.3
hulak on 02/27/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

No problems to date. For the money, this SUV has a lot of space & features. Great warranty. Great styling. The ride is a little rough. Could get better mpg.


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