1998 Holden Rodeo Review

1998 Holden Rodeo LX 2.8 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Discovery


Top buy for a family, roomy and fuel efficient

General Comments:

This particular model is a 4WD Dual Cab. It is equipped with an ARB bull-bar, winch, tow-bar, snorkel and long range fuel tank. It also has a Carryboy canopy and weighs just over 2000kg in its street trim.

Although I was happy with the performance around town, hills and freeway work were a bit of a slow ordeal.

I fitted an inter-cooler from a Japanese spec 2800cc Isuzu Monterey (Jackaroo) Mazda Bravo turbo compressor housing and waste-gate actuator and a 2.5" exhaust from the dump pipe back. This also necessitated a small increase to the full load fuel delivery screw. I fitted a manually adjustable boost controller to keep the boost at a reasonable level. I did increase the boost from the standard 9psi (measured at the manifold) to a peak of 11psi, with an average 10psi under constant load.

The vehicle now has very respectable performance. The whole job cost AUD$1100, or AUD$500 without the exhaust, as I did the work myself. This includes the paint and panel work for the intercooler scoop.

The fuel consumption for combined city/hwy is 9.5 to 10 litres per 100km, and gets as low as 8.5-9.0 on extended hwy work.

The vehicle is very comfortable, given that it is a commercial vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2006

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review