My girlfriend bought the Rodeo since we wanted something that would haul a pop up camper and also offered covered storage for all our stuff. 'Twitch' has been a great little ride. The Bridgestones are a bit loud, but nothing that turning up the radio won't cure. Had to replace rotors and brakes at 51K; put powerslots and ceramic pads on her and now she'll stop on a dime! The shocks wore out quickly in the rear, so I replaced F/R shocks with Bilsteins and now all is well. Good acceleration, and 22mpg average gas mileage. Seats are comfortable for short hauls but a little uncomfortable on long trips. Overall, we love our little 'Twitch'!
6-disk CD player, good sound system. Great acceleration, and quite dependable.
Seats could be a little more adjustable for comfort. Lumbar feels like a crowbar is pressing into your back after 100 miles or so.
The only operational problem I have had with this vehicle is the transmission. It was covered under warranty since it was only three months old. I believe since then Isuzu has corrected the transmission problems on other 2003 models.
It has a light up mirror on the rear view. It is great if the passenger needs light when the driver doesn't. No glare
Cup holders in back could be a little more user friendly and conveniently located.
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.
6-disk in dash CD changer, standard power options, winter driving capability, low cost of ownership.
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
Radio controls on the steering wheel,
remote alarm/ keyless entry. On the
fly four wheel drive.
WARRANTY, ROTTEN EGG SMELL,SHOCKS,
REAR DOOR SHOULD OPEN UP OR DOWN NOT
SIDEWAYS. MORE POWER SHOULD BE
STANDARD FOR THE V6.
I have owned this car for about 8
months. I think 2.2 engine is not
strong enough to handle the size of
vehicle. Fuel is 20.5 mpg, which is
good for a SUV. It has a noise engine
when you accelerate. Interior is just
average, it could be much better.
To include more options in standard
version. Competition offers a better
deal with more extras (cruise control,