It's a Mixed Bag
By Tenshi on Monday, August 10, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,000
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "It's a good commute car on a low budget"
Cons: "Repairs more expensive than car value"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I have some mixed feelings about my Rodeo. For the most part it's been pretty reliable. I own a 99 and bought it at 143,000 miles from an individual for $2,750. I lucked out because I really had no repair work needed in the 5 years that I owned it up until recently. Granted I only drove it 14,000 miles in that 5 year span (to/from school/work), but I never really did any routine maintenance on it and barely even had the oil changed. At 157,000 miles the alternator died, which drained the battery. Together the repair was about $450, but it's been draining oil for a while (manageable). However, I was informed that the head gasket on the engine is also bad, and at this point it's pretty much more expensive than it's worth to fix it. The Check Engine light was on since I bought it for 5 years, but nothing really ever happened. I think the Anti Lock Breaks were bad after a while, too, but I just got used to driving without them. Gas mileage isn't great (about 15 in my experience) but I never really have to worry about someone hurting me too bad in an accident and it can certainly take a beating from hail.
Long story short it's a budget car and all in all, it's been pretty reliable for me. However, I do wonder if I had driven it 14,000 miles in one year like most people do, if it would have died the first year I bought it. It was pretty good for a school car, though, and it did everything I needed it to, (start, move, and stop). I feel like overall it was a good buy for me, because I don't drive enough to need anything too fancy, but I'm finally trading up to a Honda because the repairs aren't really worth it considering the car's value."
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