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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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 interior, more V6 power and added room for passengers and cargo.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer 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.



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Amazing

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV 4WD

I love my Rodeo I had a 91 Rodeo an loved it, it now has over 200,000 miles so i just had to check out the newer model an suggest you do the same this truck is super reliable




I love my rodeo

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV 4WD

I have owned my rodeo almost 12 years. I am the original owner. There have been minimal problems with it. I debated getting a new vehicle after five years and again after eight years and again after ten years; however I just can't part with it and now I would never get enough money out of it to make it worth selling. I have never been left stranded with it. I have done all the maintenance as required and been proactive to do repairs before necessary. I take good care of it and it has always been garaged. Everyone has always thought it was new. I will probably never get rid of it . I have 160,000 miles on it and it still looks great both inside and out. I love it.




Looks nice but a beast

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4dr SUV 4WD

It is a Nice looking car I'll give it that, but parts are very expensive. If your wanting to save a buck and fix it yourself forget it. Its so compact and difficult to work. You'll be spending hours on minor projects.



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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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Talk About The 1998 Rodeo

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radavis314
radavis314
05-16-2014
I have a 1998 isuzu rodeo v6 automatic 2 wheel drive.About a month ago, when you start to take off, the transmission will kinda slip and jerk a little and even when you are going into a right curve it...


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...



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