1994 Isuzu Rodeo Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1994 Isuzu Rodeo LS 2.6 gasoline from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.6 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance119000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Samurai

Summary:

This vehicle is nimble, and handles very well on and off-road

Faults:

The sunroof is leaking on the passenger side only.

General Comments:

I bought a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo LS with the manual tranny back in December, 2005 from a dealer in the countryside town of Lancaster, PA. This dealer had serviced this SUV for the original owner who traded it in. The vehicle had 112,000 miles and cost me $2700. It came with custom American Racing chrome wheels and 4 brand-new 235/75X15 ELDORADO SPORT FURY tires (I'd never heard of these before, but they were new, which saved me bucks).

So far, all I can say is GREAT! It's been in snow here in Pennsylvania and off-road a bit, and the 4X4 is excellent. The auto-locking hubs engage and dis-engage very well. I know others who own this same year and model with the automatic tranny, who wish they too had the manual tranny.

As I said, it was dealer-serviced and maintained, and lived in a garage... and it shows it. The original owner really took care of this vehicle. It has an impressive-looking front grille-guard installed, as well as well-placed aluminum running boards, which are mounted high enough to not interfere when off-road. The exterior looks great, and the interior is in excellent shape with no visible wear on the seats, including the driver’s seat. It has manual windows and door locks (which is okay, since it seems all cars with electric windows and locks start having very expensive problems after about eight years).

The engine is very quiet and does not click or tap at all. We’ve had a fairly mild winter here in southeastern Pennsylvania, in that it didn’t become bitterly cold. Probably, the coldest has been around 15 degrees in the morning. The Rodeo starts right up every morning. It uses about 1 quart of oil per 1200 miles (no smoking at all except under hard acceleration), doesn't leak anything, and now has 119,000 miles.

It was last inspected by the dealer in November of 2005 (PA has an annual inspection law, requiring a vehicle to pass a mechanical test and an emissions test).

My only concern is that the gearing in the 5-speed gearbox is too narrow. When I shift to 5th gear, I always wish there was a 6th gear for highway cruising, which would keep my RPM down.

This SUV is fun to drive and easy to park. So far, I'm quite pleased.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2006

1994 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 miles
Most recent distance144000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

Best SUV - period

Faults:

Only regular Maintenance has been done on the car aside from the gas tank. The Gas tank had a small leak (due to rust) and was replaced at 143,000.

General Comments:

The Rodeo was handed down to me from my father who has done all of the maintenance on the vehicle since buying it in 2003. This truck has been extremely reliable and has not given us any problems.

The truck currently has 144,000 miles and the interior still looks like brand new.

This Rodeo is as strong and reliable as any truck I have ever seen (if not more) - yet is as comfortable as a Ford Taurus.

There are no cupholders so I purchased a center console that matched the interior's color that did have cupholders and a built in mini fridge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2005

1994 Isuzu Rodeo DX V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

It's not a luxury ride, It's just a good little pickup truck

Faults:

When I first bought the car, it was in need of some work, CV joints, Ball joints, oil pan gasket, all had to be replaced. Other issues with the car proved elusive, certain knocking noises at 4,000 RPM, s on deceleration. I spent a lot of time trying to make it perfect. But In the end I just let it go.

General Comments:

The Car needs to be taken car of. You can rag it out on occasion, but it's not going to age well if you do this.

It ages like an old jeep, or a scout. It becomes very noisy, and rides rough, Hence everyones complaints about it turning to junk fast. However, stick with the manual transmission, oil changes, belts hoses, and it will keep running for a long time.

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

Review Date: 28th June, 2005

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 15 reviews