Toughest little SUV ever!!
At 94000 miles the transmission went out.
Many pairs of CV boots.
All in all, the Isuzu Rodeo 6 cylinder trucks are great vehicles. They are imported and sold by GM up to 2004. The tranny's and rear axles are GM 4L30E/Dana44 (on the 4x4).
This thing is tough; mine went over rocks, through sand, up mountains, and traversed many mud holes. The girlfriend crashed it into 2 mesquite trees at once; the Rodeo knocked them over and reversed off them with very minor damage to the grille.
It will pull a truck 2x its weight on and off rocks, without a single hiccup.
I bought mine used with 60k on it. I'm up to 121000.
At 94k the transmission went out; cost $3600 to replace.
After a 4" lift the CV boots tear prematurely went through a dozen all ready.
My biggest regret about this vehicle is that I did not buy a manual trans; I kick myself every day for not doing so. If I has known that there was a GM automatic in it, that would have been the deal breaker, but live and learn. I'll have to chop a Toyota trans in.
Buy a Rodeo; you'll like it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th May, 2008