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Isuzu Rodeo Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 205 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 1998 Isuzu Rodeo

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Silky V-6 engine. Stylish interior. Rugged exterior. Roomy rear seat.

  • Cons

    Disconnected steering. Lousy 4WD button placement.

  • What's New for 1998

    Though it may not look like it, Isuzu has completely revised the Rodeo from top to bottom, giving it more modern styling, a user-friendly…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (64 total reviews)


My "beater with a heater"

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV

I bought this rig that ran but had an overheating problem. Previous owner said the water pump was bad. I paid $600 for it cuz it was in poor shape. I replaced the water pump and timing belt but it still overheated. Common problem with the Rodeo (3.2L)V6 were bad head gaskets. Since it was a project vehicle, I had time to work on it. I spent many weeks going from head to tail repairing/replacing issues with it. The SUV is somewhat unrefined (due to age) but I love driving it. Major issues with this car is the frame rusts out from rear axle back and is a recall/safety issue. I love my Rodeo and though I don't "Off-Road" with it, it is great even with 206,000 miles on it. Love it!




Great car, just the best

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV

I've had over 20 cars including high end (such as MB S600, etc). This car has outlived every single one, and I'm sure it will outlive military tanks! Recently I had to sell it, which I didn't want to do, at the time the car had about 280K miles and was still running strong. Loaned the vehicle to a friend who abused it for a couple of years, and still the car NEVER had ANY problems. The VERY FEW things that I had to fix were minor.




Satisfied

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV

I have put 50K hard miles on my Rodeo in less than 3 yrs. bringing the total miles upto 160,000.Twice a week I drive 130 miles over three different high elevation mountain passes.I have always felt safe and never gotten stuck.I have made a few minor repairs(brake pads twice, alternator,EGR,fuel pump and I had to disconnect the horn ) and now it appears that the computer may be going out.Sometimes it dies immediately after starting up, idles roughly, & there is a minor delay in the acceleration.The Check Engine light comes on, but it will not give the code reader a code.This sucks, but I am more than happy to put in the time and $ to fix it.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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Full 1998 Isuzu Rodeo Review

What's New for 1998

Though it may not look like it, Isuzu has completely revised the Rodeo from top to bottom, giving it more modern styling, a user-friendly interior, more V6 power and added room for passengers and cargo.

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sheltimom3
sheltimom3
10-14-2007
Luckily I had enough evidence on the 1998 Rodeos brake problem that was suppose to have been fixed but obviously wasn't. Still had to pay court costs but beat the ticket. Be VERY careful out there...


rybisp
rybisp
12-21-2008
i have a 1998 isuzu rodeo, V6 and its popping and firing out of the intake. It was running fine then lost power, thought it was the timing belt, timing belt was in tact and was dead on the marks, i we...


malopr
malopr
06-21-2009
I have a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo 2WD, 5 speed manual transmission, with a L4 2.2 FI gas engine.The ID Plate on the firewall has (Engine RJL)...