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2003 Isuzu Rodeo SUV

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Isuzu Rodeo Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 205 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 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

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2 of 2 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!




Homeowner, fisherman, hobbyist

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

Very dependable. Great rear bumper is a 6 inch wide rest, a shelf or a seat when tailgate is open (like no other SUV has). Also, because back window lifts up separate from the tailgate, I can carry 12 ft long pipes and lumber just extending 2 feet out the back window while it is nearly all the way down. The seats lay down as a flat surface unlike most SUVs that leave the passenger seats at an angle when folded downward. CONS: I notice that the paint chips at each rock dent (lacks flexibility) then quickly rusts underneath. Tires squeal in tight turns even at idle speed. What other compact SUV is built to tow over 4000 pounds? It pulls a 17' fiberglass boat easily on road or in & out of ramps.




Suitable for a millionaire

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

I looked at the Rodeo because a millionaire friend of mine loved his. I test drove it and loved it. It has been unbelievably reliable and trouble free. It has 55,000 miles in 2 1/2 years and runs like new. I haven't put a dime into it.




I love it!

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

I love it. I traded my tiny Camaro in for this lovely SUV. This is actually our 2nd Rodeo to own and we love it. I like the length of the warranty. It covers just about everything that could go wrong. We had a Honda Passport and although they resemble each other they are nothing like each other. The Honda was a LEMON but our Rodeo is an Angel. The interior is nice and roomy and the seats are very comfy (we do NOT have lumbar support, you only need that if you are like 100 years old). The trunk area is large enough to hold all of our luggage for family vacations plus some and then we still have the luggage rack on top. I love the size of the vehicle because it's not small but not big.




Great car

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

We are in our early 60's and have enjoyed the Rodeo. We owned a 1995 Rodeo, also v6 and we got at least 8-11 MPG better than the 2003 model. My mechanic says that the 2003 engine is far more difficult to service but it is fly-by-wire in that there are no linkages, all electronic. We aren't happy that the Rodeo has been taken out of production.



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What's New for 2003

Rodeo receives no major changes for the 2003 model year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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