1997 Rodeo

Consumer Reviews

1997 Isuzu Rodeo

$4,669 - $4,669  MSRP Range

Review Score

3.0 out of 5 stars

3.0

4 Reviews
50% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
3 out of 5 stars Comfort
3.5 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3 out of 5 stars Interior Design
3.2 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.5 out of 5 stars Performance
3.2 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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3 out of 5 stars

good daily driver

by jbrudfs from Dallas on Wed Nov 15 2017

Lots of cargo room. dependable engine. good small family vehicle. seats 5 comfortably. over all it's a great value

3 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Great car from production date, to now!

by Speed Freak :: Simon from Saint Louis, MO on Sun Nov 15 2009

My '97 Rodeo is a dream! It rides smooth and sturdy, can carry quiet a load, great for extreme weather, and you don't feel bad taking it a bit off road! The entire vehicle is built on a strong rugged from covered in strong sheet of metal, and aside from small issues with the interior door-activated lights, there has been no problem! Has a lot of torque, even now, and though it's a bit more front heavy that's nothing that 3 or 4 sandbags in the trunk won't solve. Great vehicle for some slow drifting, and very reliable. Had it in the family since 1998 and have loved all 11 years! My dad used it to get to work for 10 years, and it has been mine now for a year. I do some light off-roading and rock climbing with it, great suv for carrying 2 bikes, fun to drive in whatever weather, and I still get a decent 16+ mpg on it! And I'm still able to smoke any tweaked Acura in a straight-away!!! Love my Rodeo! Simon

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

too advanced for its time

by mr. howell from chicago. il on Fri Jan 05 2007

transmission is cool but is very expensive to fix. watch for faulty fuel guage. good off road. go for the v-6

3 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
2 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Run from this car!!!!

by 95 owner from Surprise, Az on Tue Feb 26 2013

These cars are not the most reliably built vehicles!!! They are only adequate for light duty use without having maintenance issues!!! Isuzu also made the Honda Passport which Honda mechanics dislike with a passion and is an embarrassment to Honda!!! All the power options should be looked at with suspicion....power window cables snap, door handle linkage breaks, motors develop VERY hidden leaks.....you get the idea!!!!! Run from these vehicles!!!!

3 out of 5 starsComfort
2 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
2 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1997 Isuzu Rodeo

With sport utility vehicles flying out the door of most dealers, it seemsthat Japanese automaker Isuzu made a smart move a few years ago when itstopped importing its poor-selling line of cars to concentrate on trucks.

There are two mainstays, the Rodeo and the Trooper.

At first glance, these vehicles seem like two separate entities -- and theyare. But they share a common drive train: a 3.2-liter single-overhead-cam24-valve V6 engine with 190 horsepower. Both are hooked to a four-speedautomatic transmission with two additional shifting modes: power, for quickerstarts, and winter, for inclement weather. Both are equipped with a part-timefour-wheel-drive system that has shift-on-the-fly capability... Read More