by lynn3765 on May 16, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo LS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 4A)
Bought this in 2002 after reading many reviews and talking to a few different owners.
I've had this vehicle for 9 years and other than normal wear and tear repairs, have not had any issues.
still getting 23 mpg on the highway; about 19 city.
As long as the routine maintenance is kept up, this vehicle has been a gem.
by randymarsh on Jan 4, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo LS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 4A)
We bought ours in 2002 new and it has been a great car for the money. Don't expect 4runner or Pathfinder comforts in these cars, but they are much cheaper. The ride is a little stiff and the interior is cheap, but positives are a fairly peppy engine and good exterior styling. These do burn oil, but if you check it regularly and top it off as needed, you should never have any problems. At 112K miles, the only issue was the ABS light coming on a couple of times around 30K miles. Make sure they are maintained (fuel filter every 30K and the previously mentioned oil burning). Transmission fluid is sealed so a lot of places can't change it, but an Amco can handle it.
by Mountain Canuck on Oct 20, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 4A)
Every vehicle line has its lemons. Our Rodeo SE has been a solid and reliable all-round truck. I have been the only owner from 12 km and have beat it around in the snow and through the bush a lot. This year we picked up a 2700 lb (loaded) tent trailer for it to haul. After hauling the trailer fully loaded up a 12-15% minimum highway grade for about 40km, it didn't falter once. In fact it performed very well. Changing all fluids at the regular service intervals helps keep it going. If you are concerned about mileage, change your fuel filter. It's a $12 part and only takes 15- 20mins. Mine is changed yearly due to local delivery of poor fuel quality. Its like driving a new truck every year.
I recently changed the spark plugs on my rodeo with very little problems. That is until I attempted to remove the coil around the number 6 spark plug. After removing the two screws I removed the heade...