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2002 Isuzu Rodeo

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Fuel Economy:
City 15/Hwy 19/Comb 17 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

2002 Isuzu Rodeo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 445 Ratings for the 1998 - 2004 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

In excellent conditions and very good engine

By on Saturday, July 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "soft pedals and drives smooth"

Cons: "little scratches to paint"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"In excellent conditions and very good engine, bright and sparkling head lights -- top and below, perfect AC, perfect transmission and radiator conditions, engine sounds perfect and sometimes you hardly hear the sound of engine when its on. Selling it due to increase in family size -- need a van."

Love it, but serious mechanical issues

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 176,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Nice design for an SUV, tough"

Cons: "Low gas mileage, typical mechanical issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I've always loved this vehicle; it had everything I wanted in a car. However, there are mechanical issues that are typical of this vehicle. For instance, it guzzles up oil like no other. The older it gets, the more it burns. it doesn't usually seem to go anywhere (unless you have a head gasket that needs replacing; then it'll go into your spark plugs and that's happened a couple times since I've had the vehicle, and it's not very cheap to fix). Another thing that I didn't quite like was how low the gas mileage is (19 City/22 Hwy; or somewhere around there); I could drive for maybe 5 hours straight on highway until I had to fill up again. Other than that, I liked it a lot over the last 8 years."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Needs Muffler & A/C needs to be charged e.g engine

By on Friday, August 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 174,071

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and comfortable"

Cons: "Cup holders in front and back."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Has scratch on drivers side but has been buffed and putty. No rust present. It is a pretty vehicle if someone can takengood care of it. Have been through a divorce and was left with nothing. This Rodeo would make a great car for as well as fun It has four doors great family. Must see to appreciate."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

It's a Mixed Bag

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

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."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Not bad

By on Thursday, July 9, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 141,757

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "power, small, great gearing ratio"

Cons: "low to the ground, common fuel problem"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"ive owned my 01 rodeo for about a month now. It drives great, has some power, and gets decent mileage. I love the power and winter options it has at the ready, along with the autolocking hubs and 4x4 button. I have had to do some work to it, nothing special that any other car would require (EGR VAULVE AND THROTTLE BODY CLEANED) but i noticed that this model and year has a fuel level sensor problem. It throws codes and then you cant pass deq.. going to put it in the shop to get it fixed. Other than that this car has been a blessing so far. wish it was easier to find aftermarket parts for it though!"

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Solid vehicle

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 176,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Dependable"

Cons: "Not the best fuel mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought new in 2003. Only regular maintenance is all I have done. It has been a good daily driver for twelve years."

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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