1994 Isuzu Rodeo Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1994 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2 liter V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.2 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Overall this car is a capable performer, but definitely ages quickly

Faults:

The seats in the vehicle have shown a lot of wear along the seam lines.

The radiator became clogged at 140000 miles.

The water pump is now out at 150000 miles.

The sunroof mechanism broke at 145000 miles.

The oil pressure is very erratic on this vehicle.

Very noticeable valve train tick since 130000 miles.

General Comments:

This vehicle is not a serious performer for acceleration.

This vehicle has an excellent 4 wheel drive system.

Handling is above average for a SUV.

At higher miles this vehicles has definitely started to show its age.

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

Review Date: 2nd January, 2005

25th Jan 2005, 07:52

Not to sound harsh, but you were not the original owner of this truck, you purchased it at over 100K miles. Course it probably aged faster then you'd think, because it doesn't sound like the original owner took very good care of it.

Timing belt, water pump, tensioner supposed to be replaced every 60K; radiator flush should be done every 30K. Doesn't sound like these items were ever regularly performed; thus leading to a clogged radiator.

I have 135K on my 97 Rodeo, and I have none of these issues; in fact it runs and looks better then most newer cars.

1994 Isuzu Rodeo LS 4x4 6 cylinder from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired127500 miles
Most recent distance131953 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Type II

Summary:

My Volkswagen Beetle is a much better vehicle.

Faults:

I bought this car from a local dealership. I have never owned a Isuzu before and heard stories on high expensive they were to fix when something went wrong. I heard they were tough, but I also heard they were pieces of sh*t. I went with my instincts and bought it. It was not a good idea. The truck had 127,000 when I bought it. I had the oil changed the day after and found out I was leaking fuel. Brought it back to the dealership, who thought they had fixed the problem. I filled it up the next day and it leaked again. So I brought it back, they "fixed" it again and by that time I had lost all the gas I put in it before because they had to drain it. I got it back, and found out the next day it was still leaking! Upset, I drove back and they took the truck under investigation again. Thought it was the sending unit, so they replaced it, and was SURE that was my problem. I filled it up the other day and found out the hard way, gas was leaking in my garage. It was not the $355 sending unit. I am buying another vehicle. I had this SUV for a month and I can no longer stand it.

Car leaks no oil.

When you start it up the fan belt squeaks for a minute or two.

Parts are very expensive.

Rear hatch window does not open with the button on the dash.

Seats don't move back far enough for big people, (I am 6'2.)

When you turn the car steering wheel it squeaks, like its dry.

Speakers are crappy.

Not much room.

Back doors stick and are hard to open.

No cup-holders.

Can't shift 4x4 on the fly.

Power windows go up and down very slow.

Drive-train makes a lot of noise at 55mph.

General Comments:

For being a northern car and 10 years old this has no rust and held up very good body wise. The 6cyl's are gas hogs and if you have any problems with the gas tank stay away from buying that SUV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th November, 2004

29th Jan 2005, 16:03

I am the proud owner of a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo. I bought it new and have found it to be the most-reliable piece of machinery I have ever owned...

Mine has 127K on it too, and has left me stranded, but just once in the 11 years, and that was because of the alternator. No big whip.

The body looks great. I get 19-21/gal on my 6-cyl and burn a little oil. But it's a very small bit of oil, 1/2 court every couple/three months. I expect that from so many miles.

I am going to drive this car 'till it rusts from under me, which by the way, doesn't seem like it'll ever happen.

Maybe I'll keep it until my two-year old can drive. It'll probably make it!!

I highly recommend this car and am baffled by the earlier review.

-EPS, Tampa.

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