1994 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2 from North America


Happy we have it


Water pump failed.

Oil leaks from all over the engine.

Factory cassette deck failed.

Rear hatch lifters failed.

Standard wear items (3 batteries, 2 sets tires, belts, brakes)

General Comments:

Very reliable car, bought new. We're only just now approaching 100K miles.

Gas mileage is only average (15mpg city, 20 highway)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2008

1994 Isuzu Rodeo from North America


Great fun truck


Gas leak; cheap fix by a friend.

Brake line; again a cheap fix by a friend.

Headlights won't stay on. The button pushes down, but won't stay. Cheap 8 dollar fix, but have been using tape.

General Comments:

I bought this truck on ebay a few months ago for 760 dollars. The previous owner let it sit for two years because of the infamous ticking lifter.

I love it. Still have not fixed the lifter, but oh well. Runs great for a 14 year old truck with 170000+ on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2008

1994 Isuzu Rodeo 2WD standard gas from North America


If my car was a human woman, I'd want to marry her


The hatchback won't work now, but that is more due to my not being able to see the concrete pillar due to the spare tire blocking my view when I was backing up.

I had braking problems, and the mechanic was surprised to discover a secondary brake fluid reservoir, he'd never heard of one before.

The speakers in the back rattle around because I've not found an appropriate mounting bracket (stock).

The head gasket seems to want to blow every couple of years. The first time it blew it was directly into the antifreeze, this time it was between cylinder 3 and 4.

I have to shift down to fourth gear during some steep climbs. Down to third when she needs a tuneup.

The driver's illumination panel lights have a habit of going out whenever you need it least.

General Comments:

All in all, I'd call my car a Terminator. She's taken quite a beating, yet is committed to continue on. A couple years ago, a drunken driver threw a bottle of beer into oncoming traffic- me! It dented the left front panel, and made the driver's door hard to open and shut, yet the wiring and such are unaffected.

She takes time to work up speed, but she'll maintain it.

I've spun out when avoiding oncoming traffic, yet never flipped.

Not quite long enough for me to take a nap in the drop down back seat, but enough for an overnight camping trip.

She demands maintenance, but she's worth every penny.

I don't like the lack of bucket seats. It'd have been nice to adjust my OWN seat instead of what's best for both front folks.

The rear view window wiper works, when it wants to. The same with the fluid.

Fuel mileage is respectable, 23-24 mpg, when maintained.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2007

1994 Isuzu Rodeo V6 from North America


Overall, I am happy with the car


The turning stick was not working at 68,000 miles.

The power windows won't open on at least 1 of the 4 windows nearly half of the time.

It burns engine oil like many have pointed it out.

General Comments:

The car has had a few maintenance expenses.

I had the spark plugs replaced at 62,000 miles and at 131,000 miles.

Changed the rear brakes at 112,000 miles, since I bought it used at 48,000 miles, and front brakes every 20,000 miles.

Replaced the 3 belts at 61,000 miles and at 132,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th June, 2007

1994 Isuzu Rodeo S 3.2 Liter V6 from North America


Good SUV for cheap


A few weeks after I bought it, the Heater Core exploded and leaked engine fluids all over the passenger side interior. It cost $400 to fix because the heater core is not easily accessed through the glove box like some cars. Labor was $300, parts $100.

Gave the car an alignment because it constantly pulled to the right. The alignment fixed nothing so it's just something I've gotten used to.

Burns A LOT of oil and needs an oil change about every 2500 miles.

"Check Engine" light comes on when I use the cruise control sometimes, but goes away when I turn the car off and start it again.

Absolutely horrible gas mileage (12-13 MPG) but that's what I get for buying an SUV, right?

Takes a while for the engine to catch when started, but I was told the starter was fine...

General Comments:

Even though it's had it's fair share of problems, it is a fun car to drive and has lots of leg room in the back seat.

It keeps up on the freeway and has never broken down.

I put premium gasoline in about every 4 fill-ups just to keep it running smoothly.

Good paint, stays shiny.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd April, 2007

4th Apr 2007, 17:49

12 to 13 mpg is not what I would expect in an SUV. I had a 1994 isuzu rodeo sold it with 150k on it. It did not burn oil. It got 18 to 20 mpg. Something is wrong with your engine. I did find that everything that went wrong was expensive to have fixed. Everything in the vehicle was hard to access. On a side note, watch out when wheels are taken off and tightened. The Studs and Aluminum and the wheel blts are steel. If over tightened, the stud will strip and have to be replaced. Use a tire shop that knows what torque to apply.