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2002 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 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 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, great powertrain warranty.

  • Cons

    Cheap interior pieces, flaccid suspension, uncomfortable front seats, questionable build quality.

  • What's New for 2002

    For 2002, Isuzu has fiddled with the Rodeo's option packages and improved the available Intelligent Suspension Control (ISC) system.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2002 rodeo s

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Vehicle: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S 2WD 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Bought used with low miles, plan jane suv 4 cyl and 5 speed manual with ac, it never let me down. I have taken it across country 2 times in hot weather and it ran cool and ac worked fine, I got about 27-28 mpg on the trips. The only thing I've done to it is put a battery and a k and n air filter on it in 4 years. It just runs and runs.




My experience

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Vehicle: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S 2WD 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I love my Rodeo, but it doesn't love me. I have had it in the shop for warranty work 7 times since I bought it on November 28, 2003. It is going in this week for its eighth trip. I have had sensors go bad, the catalytic converter replaced, the transmission rebuilt, the exhaust manifold replaced, and this week its getting a new fuel pump. The clutch is tricky and there is still a knock in the rear end, but I've gotten used to that noise and learned the secrets of the clutch. I may have just gotten a lemon, but based on the amount of time that I've spent in the service lounge I wouldn't buy another Isuzu Rodeo.




Lemon

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Vehicle: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S 2WD 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

In the shop twice for 10 days each in the first 10500 miles. Isuzu wiggled out of its warranty with the greatest of sleaze.




Sporty economic import fun

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Vehicle: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S 2WD 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I am very suprised. I have been looking for a mid-size SUV for my wife for some time now and we have had our Isuzu for a week now and our very excited. I sale pre-owned vehicles for a living and have never been in a vehicle that rode as efficient as this one. It's not the biggest and the best. But it's the best value for the $.




Good suv

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Vehicle: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S 2WD 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

When I test drove it, I knew that I really wanted this SUV. I love the confort, the smooth drive, I don't think it looks cheap inside...Xtera looks cheap inside. The warrinties are the best, price is good too.




Honesty is the best...

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Vehicle: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S 2WD 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Vehicle is simple and strait forward. I like the controls that take the mystery out of running a vehicle. Drives well but is a little truck-like in ride. One major problem that took 2 weeks to fix centered around the ABS system. The part was on factory order... The front seats limit the back passengers leg room. Power is weak so get the bigger engine. The front seats need to go back further, so if your over 6 feet tall... Also the steering wheel should be angled higher. Beautiful to look at though. Not a bad price considering the other SUV's on the market.



Full 2002 Isuzu Rodeo Review

What's New for 2002

For 2002, Isuzu has fiddled with the Rodeo's option packages and improved the available Intelligent Suspension Control (ISC) system.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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