I bought my 1995.5 Rodeo about 2 weeks ago at a dealership. I figured I got a good deal at 6,800 with 59000 miles on it. It is a 3.3 V6 5sp LS with dual airbags and cd changer. The truck is a great choice for a poor college student. It looks sharp and has a rugged appearance that stands out on the road. My only complaint is that the breaks tend to grab when reversing occassionally.
I bought this vehicle because of good reviews. I have had constant problems, in the repair shop 4 times and now I must scrap. I bought with 133K miles, should have had good life left, but completely died in all areas: Back doors dont work Power window Died Engine Noise Trans Dieing Had to the shop for: Alternator Water Pump failed Bearings Failed in Wheels Numerous leaks in the wheels and drive train. I am not sure If I got unlucky or the build quality is poor. I have owned other high mileage vehicles without problem. I say pass and save yourself the trouble like me
I bought my 1995.5 Isuzu rodeo in 1997 (one year old) with 23k miles on it. It now has 154k. Original engine and original tranny. You cannot beat this truck with as stick. Bought from FL to NC 5 times while towing 2 ton boat. Been up hills, in mountains across the country. No major bill exceeding $300. (Usually timing belt etc) These trucks were built to last. Only issues: the AC compressors are horrible and faulty. No CUP HOLDERS. But try blowing this engine, it won't happen! Now its my work vehicle and it starts every time. Get a 1995. 5 to 1997 the new int is better!
I had my Rodeo for eight years before Hurricane Wilma hit Fort Lauderdale, FL. The damage was minor but it was eleven years old, 250000 miles and insured. I would, never again, be offered $4000 for it so I had to let it go. It may have only been 2WD but with the 24 valve 3.2 liter V6, five speed and a 4.10 axle it could really move. It also had all of the power gadgets (windows, door locks and cruise control). At 16 miles per gallon it wasn't bad when gas was $1.09 but, before the end, gas was $3.09, reducing the "fun to drive" factor. The huge back seat looked very comfortable, but the drive axle was noticed under it and access was more difficult than it looked.
Purchased used at 79,000 miles. Now has 130,000+ and has been stone reliable. Had to put some money into new brakes but that is it. Has plenty of pep and is fun to drive. Very versatile and just the right size SUV. I would buy another one but I intend on taking this one to 200,000 miles first.