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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 16/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2003 Isuzu Rodeo

  • Even Honda finally got rid of its version of the Rodeo this year. 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 2003

    Rodeo receives no major changes for the 2003 model year.

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (36 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great suv

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Rodeo S V6 Rwd 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car new in 2003 for my wife. Having owned a 1994 Rodeo with 180,000 with no problems I knew this was the way to go and I wasn't let down. Our 03 rodeo now has 130,000 miles and still drives like new. We've performed regular oil changes and had a new timing belt installed at 70,000 miles. (not because it was giving us problems, that's just what you do at $70,000 miles) but that's it! This car has never been in the shop. This car is so inexpensive to own and maintain. You simply can't beat a rodeo!




Blown engine

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Rodeo S V6 Rwd 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 4A)

Bought this vehicle brand new at the dealership. I got 13-15mph from day 1, no matter how I drove it. About 3 months ago, the low oil light came on. I immediately pulled over, checked the level, and added 4 quarts to bring it to full. For a 5 quart engine, to warn with only 1 quart in the engine is just a little too little. Since that day, I checked the engine every time I started it up for the day and had the oil pan gasket replaced. The engine started making a rapping noise on the day the oil got that low. Since then it has gotten worse and worse. The mechanic told me that it was just the lifters making a little noise. Yesterday the engine seized while driving. Not happy!




*warning* blown crank shaft in

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Vehicle: 2003 Isuzu Rodeo S V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 5M)

My rodeo never could keep oil in engine. Did not leak on driveway and even tho routine oil changes were performed, the engine light did NOT come on to warn about low oil in between routine changes. Crank shaft in engine blew and beautiful well built vehicle dead. Would have kept this truck forever, but ended up being a nightmare to own.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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Full 2003 Isuzu Rodeo Review

What's New for 2003

Rodeo receives no major changes for the 2003 model year.

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jtk152
jtk152
10-11-2003
It's unfortunate Edmunds got such a lemon for a tester. I've been following various isuzu boards/forums for several years now, and I've NEVER seen such issues with a 1998+ rodeo. I've seen ZERO repo...


wlbrown9
wlbrown9
06-11-2004
Found the sales figures and YTD - May 2004 Isuzu has sold 11,928 vs. 11,680 in 2003 (Rodeo, Axiom & Ascender). So, they are kind of holding their own right now...but 7736 of these were Rodeo's thi...


bluedevils
bluedevils
01-12-2001
Axiom is based on the Rodeo platform, with the Trooper drivetrain (3.5L V6 and TOD system; I'm not sure about the transmission)...