2001 Isuzu Rodeo Consumer Reviews

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo
3.8
Average based on 16 reviews
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Keep up on the manufacturers maintainance

by from Minneapolis, MN on December 17, 2007

Pros: Great looking SUV-good power, I've added brush guard, taillight lens covers, Hella fog lights, (Costco) safari rack, performance air intake (Calmini)...gets lots of looks. Great 4 wheel drive pe...
Pros: Great looking SUV-good power, I've added brush guard, taillight lens covers, Hella fog lights, (Costco) safari rack, performance air intake (Calmini)...gets lots of looks. Great 4 wheel drive performance, I can almost climb trees in low range. "Winter drive" is helpful in deep (12"+) snow, "Power drive" will only kill what little MPG you get-don't use it-it's not a dragster. Cons: Poor MPG-you'll be lucky to ever see 20MPG. I get about 15 overall. Burns 1 quart of oil between changes-check it at every 1500 miles. How to keep it running: Do scheduled maintainace-a must. Finicky O2 sensors, intake carbons up, 4 wheel alignment helps drivability as do well balanced tires. Most problems I see from this vehicle are SELF INFLICTED! Change oil at 3K intervals always. Screw on gas cap tight. CD player has ghosts-keep trying it. Change fluids when due. Take it off-raod and have fun.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Excellent

by from on September 15, 2010

I have owned two. My first was a 95 and now I have an 01. Drove the 95 to 250,000 without hardly any problems. Both are very reliable and have had hardly any repair issues besides the usual maintenanc...
I have owned two. My first was a 95 and now I have an 01. Drove the 95 to 250,000 without hardly any problems. Both are very reliable and have had hardly any repair issues besides the usual maintenance. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who wants an affordable, sporty SUV!
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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I love this car

by from FL on June 13, 2010

I rented one of these in Hawaii and fell in love. Bought one shortly after and loved loved loved it.
I rented one of these in Hawaii and fell in love. Bought one shortly after and loved loved loved it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Best SUV I Have Had

by from Arizona on November 12, 2007

I love this car- it was my first car and ran very well! I would recommend to anyone looking! It is very reliable, looks good on the road and great for travel/camping etc. Safe and very few mechanical...
I love this car- it was my first car and ran very well! I would recommend to anyone looking! It is very reliable, looks good on the road and great for travel/camping etc. Safe and very few mechanical issues...
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Best Car I've Owned

by from on July 30, 2013

Owned my '01 Rodeo LS for 9 years and 120k miles. Very little maintenance required over those years. Handled snowy roads and high mountain trails like a champ. It's a shame they stopped making them af...
Owned my '01 Rodeo LS for 9 years and 120k miles. Very little maintenance required over those years. Handled snowy roads and high mountain trails like a champ. It's a shame they stopped making them after '04.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Long time owner

by from Alberta, Canada on January 6, 2016

I’m the original owner of a 98 Rodeo (18 years now), and I’ve been quite happy with it. There has been some repairs along the way, but these items were typically wear oriented – IE: limited slip clutc...
I’m the original owner of a 98 Rodeo (18 years now), and I’ve been quite happy with it. There has been some repairs along the way, but these items were typically wear oriented – IE: limited slip clutch pack, starter solenoid, etc. I’ve managed to perform most of the repairs myself and the vehicle is not to hard to work on. Bought the Rodeo shop manual with the vehicle. I like the Rodeo for its size and capability. There are not many vehicles in this size that are; body on frame, comfortably seat 4, can tow 5000lbs, and not take up much space in the garage. The 4:30 differential is wonderful for my 17’ travel trailer. In my younger days I even went bush whacking with it and it performed well. Got me out of some places I should not have gone. In the winter I do wish it had an iron block as it cools off so quick, but I manage by completely sealing the front. Ride is a little stiff as I think the suspension is overbuilt. Cargo volume is good, roof rack is strong. I have a manual transmission, and here on the highway once the cruise is set, speed hardly changes – no matter how steep the hills.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Excellence in reliability and affordability.

by from CT on February 13, 2011

Best car ever for fair price. I've driven Isuzu Rodeo for ten years and never had any problems with it. Awesome car.
Best car ever for fair price. I've driven Isuzu Rodeo for ten years and never had any problems with it. Awesome car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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Worst vehicle I have ever owned

by from Maryland on October 10, 2011

I bought this vehicle used with 120k miles on it. It turned out to be nothing but a headache. Lots of electrical issues, which is not unusual for a car this old, but repairs were costly -- for example...
I bought this vehicle used with 120k miles on it. It turned out to be nothing but a headache. Lots of electrical issues, which is not unusual for a car this old, but repairs were costly -- for example, $100 in labor to remove the dashboard to replace the bulb on the check engine light! This was not the 4WD dive, and was the most dangerous vehicle I've ever driven if the day was anything but sunny and dry. In the end it fishtailed on a wet road when going uphill at 25 mph, and smashed into a telephone pole.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Watch out for the Transmission

by from Western Pennsylvania on December 11, 2007

Bought it used with only 65 thousand miles and now at 70 thousand I have to put in a new transmission. After checking with other owners they also had problems with transmission. Everyone loves their R...
Bought it used with only 65 thousand miles and now at 70 thousand I have to put in a new transmission. After checking with other owners they also had problems with transmission. Everyone loves their Rodeo but not their repair bill for the tranny.
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Does recommend this car

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faithful companion

by from cincinnati on February 4, 2011

I owned my 2001 Rodeo for nine years and 152K miles. It was the most dependable vehicle I've ever driven. It handled snow and ice very well, was a great car for both city driving and long trips. It ro...
I owned my 2001 Rodeo for nine years and 152K miles. It was the most dependable vehicle I've ever driven. It handled snow and ice very well, was a great car for both city driving and long trips. It rode like a truck a lot of the times, but was still comfortable in most situation. I would say it was a great truck.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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