Replaced clutch twice, but this is expected with a fairly high torque manual truck.
Extremely reliable mechanically. Body is still excellent. Paint still bright. The plastic interior has worn well.
The 3.1 V6 has adequate horsepower, and lots of torque. Excellent on rough unsurfaced mountain back roads. Serious 4 wheel drive (high and low ranges). Starts easily in cold weather. Ride is stiff & agile for a truck (unlike the Explorer and other domestic SUVs). Easy to drive. 5 speed manual transmission shifts well.
Great visibility. Noisy cabin on the highway, but it gets you there & is not tiring to drive.
Easily passes emissions testing after all these years. Gas consumption has increased about 20% with age.
I also have an AWD Mazda CX9, but the Rodeo is noticeably better in the snow.
This vehicle was a terrific value. Shows how well they last if you look after them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd January, 2013