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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



*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.




Outstanding suv

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

Excellent SUV - 100K miles, and still going strong. A little shy on leg room for a tall person, but otherwise comfortable. Very reliable, have had a couple of problems getting the starter to engage in hot weather - dealer not able to fix. mileage is about 18.5 on hwy, could be better. However, other traits make up for this. Very good in snow and ice. Highly recommended.




I love mine

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

I've had my car for about 3 years, I still love it. Only problem I've experienced is with the passenger window getting stuck up or down. It's very roomy and comfortable.




Beats any high priced gm/ford

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

I have owned several SUVs in the past and this is the first one that did not cost me an arm and a leg to purchase or maintain. The GMC Envoy I bought for my wife ended up costing me an extra $900 6 months later when a rock hit her headlamp assembly and broke it. The headlamp assembly alone was $900 to replace! GM has officially priced themselves out of my market. Cost of ownership on the Rodeo is very low. As long as the oil is changed and manufacturers suggested maintenance is followed, this SUV will last for many years. The tailgate's sideways opening is a little awkward in tight spots, but functional nonetheless. I could not be happier with the drive and overall operation.




Bad egg

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

I have been very unimpressed with this SUV. I have owned three different SUV's and this one has performed the poorest. I bought it brand new from a dealer which told me I would love it. From day one the vehicle has been emitting a rotten egg smell, the ride is very bouncy and bumpy. I have spoken to the sales reps, service dept, and have even taken the vehicle in for a diagnoses of the problems. I have recieved negative results in getting the issues fixed. Gas mileage is below average. I would just like a better one that works correctly. I should be able to get Isuzu on a Lemon law.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Love the rodeo, but...

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

I am very happy with my new Rodeo. It gets a lot of use in the mountains and I am very happy with its off-road performance. The seats are much more comfortable than older models we tested. Roomy, sporty, attractive and useful. The biggest complaint that we have with our Rodeo is that it is next to impossible to get crossbars for the roof rack. The crossbars were taken off by the Isuzu design group due to noise issues, but were not offered at purchase and aren't offered by Isuzu as an upgrade or kit. If you plan on using the rack, ask your dealer about it when you purchase your Rodeo to save the headache of trying to add crossbars later on.



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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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Talk About The 2003 Rodeo

2003 Isuzu Rodeo Discussions See all Started By

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)...



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