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1995 Isuzu Rodeo from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance236000 miles

Summary:

Reliable, well-made, comfortable, and fun

Faults:

Hoses began to blow out after 100,000 miles.

Window switches needed replacing now and then.

Clutch at 180,000 miles or so.

General Comments:

This is by FAR the best, funnest, most reliable car I've ever owned. I have taken it to numerous festivals, run it without water on numerous occasions, and generally put very hard miles on it. Any other engine would have died long ago. My girl and I have slept in the back on dozens of camping trips. I have beaten the hell out of it and it just keeps running. I was in an accident, hit by 2 cars in the rain, barely missing the driver's seat. Unbelievably, the doors still opened and the frame checked out as straight afterward.

I just bought another one, same vintage, automatic. It has some problems like the window switches and clutch but I consider it worth fixing.

Yeah, I love these things.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2009

1995 Isuzu Rodeo 3.2L from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.2L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Forget luxury; the '95 Rodeo was engineered for reliability and performance

Faults:

Serpentine belt replaced at 100,000 miles.

Timing belt replaced at 90,000 miles; replaced again at 150,000.

Burns oil.

Clutch has became stuck twice, most recently at 140,000. The shifter is a little tore up, but the clutch itself is in good working order.

Rear door lock gets stuck at times.

Front doors no longer lock unless the door handles are held up while the door is being shut.

Tailgate will not open and, unless repaired, is permanently shut.

Dashboard light bulb went out behind speedometer.

This has been by far the most reliable vehicle!

General Comments:

Would never pull anything with it, lacks power on long hills, but with regular maintenance it performs well, even on the interstate.

A constant ticking noise is evident. Noisy on the highway, but not as bad as some older vehicles I've driven.

Excellent snow vehicle. I have not driven a vehicle in the snow I like better.

Handles well, even at higher speeds.

Normal wear and tear parts holding up nicely.

No problems with the brakes at all, they are still working great.

Doors and locking mechanisms lack integrity, but as long as she still runs well, I'm happy.

Good gas mileage (for a 14 year old vehicle), at close to 20 highway and a not-as-good 15-17 city.

Because it is a manual, the brake system has held up with little maintenance, and the clutch has held up as well, surprisingly.

Lacks comfort, low-mounted stereo, in-convenient cup-holder set-up.

I have no doubt this car will last for over 200,000 miles. I do worry about valve seals leaking, or the starter failing, only because the engine gets extremely hot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2009

1995 Isuzu Rodeo Sport 3.2 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo

Summary:

Best SUV on Market

Faults:

Replaced transmission and clutch at 120,000.

General Comments:

Best Car I have ever owned! I bought a 2004 Rodeo, brand new in hopes to get the same performance... it doesn't compare. I still have my 95 and I don't think I could part with it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2007

1995 Isuzu Rodeo Sport 3.2 V6 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.2 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carGMC Jimmy

Summary:

This car is a bucket

Faults:

Rear main seal went bad at 64000 miles.

Exhaust leaks at 70,000 miles.

IAC sensor faulty 80,000 miles.

Guzzles gas when running decent.

Always replacing mounting bolts on transfer case.

And always adjusting locking hubs and spacer.

Drivers side window regulator went out 80,000 miles.

Drivers side window control went out 70,000 miles.

General Comments:

This SUV is a money pit, it's hard to find replacement parts and when you do they are very expensive. I will never buy another product from this manufacturer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th November, 2007

1995 Isuzu Rodeo from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

Exellent

Faults:

The only problem I had with this SUV was that its alternator burned out a few days ago. I just replaced it and it runs good like always.

General Comments:

Arguable the best truck based SUV from 1995. I like driving heavy vehicles and this SUV feels heavy to drive and is a lot of fun. The seats could be more comfortable and they could have put better dash board lamps in it, but otherwise this car is great.

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

Review Date: 26th October, 2007

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 30 reviews