Long time owner
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 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.