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.
I love the room that the interior provides and the ability to create more room when the back seats lay flat.
I would not have put the 4 cyl. engine in a truck this size. There is not enough horse power to pass someone on the highway or get you out of tight spot in a hurry.
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.
Price and warranty, space, good ac and heater, body style.
Fix the odometer/speedometers (counts 11 miles for every 10), mileage, fix problem with windshield wipers, better clutch system so it's not so clumsy to shift.
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.
Nice looking car, lots of room in back seat for passengers.
Fix the manifold problem, has hot spot cracking problem.
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.
Better exhaust! Same thing happened with my '99 Rodeo.
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
Outside looks great, nice design, good
size in between big and small SUV's.
Great design, but the reliability needs
to be improved. Major systems should
not wear out in under 30k miles.