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2001 Isuzu Rodeo SUV


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Isuzu Rodeo Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo

  • The runt of the midsize SUV litter. Pick it only if you have a soft spot in your heart for Isuzu.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Stylish exterior, powerful V6 engine, roomy rear seats, great warranty.

  • Cons

    Cheap interior pieces, bouncy off-road manners, uncomfortable front seats, questionable build quality.

  • What's New for 2001

    An Anniversary Edition trim package that includes two-tone paint, leather seating and special chrome wheels is the only addition to 2001…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (90 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2001 isuzu rodeo ls 2wd

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Vehicle: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 4A)

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....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Problems? maybe a couple small

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Vehicle: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 4A)

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

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Bewarw!!! stay away from 98-02

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Vehicle: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 4A)

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.

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What's New for 2001

An Anniversary Edition trim package that includes two-tone paint, leather seating and special chrome wheels is the only addition to 2001 Rodeos.

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My 2001 Rodeo stalls on cold start, mostly in the morning. It runs ok once it gets over this stage for a less than a minute. The dealer I went to told me that they couldn't find anything. As a resu...

I own a 2001 Rodeo. Even on the smoothest surfaces the car feels bumpy. Does anyone share this experience. If so, how did you solve the problem?...

Our 2001 Rodeo has really bad frame rust. There are holes in the rear frame (some several inches long) and the rear trailing arm broke loose from the frame!...