2002 Isuzu Rodeo Reviews - Page 3 of 5

2002 Isuzu Rodeo from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired37 miles
Most recent distance50031 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Mirage

Summary:

The Isuzu Rodeo is very poorly made, mine is a LEMON!

Faults:

I purchased my Rodeo new off of the lot with only 37 miles on it. I had owned the car less than two years when my clutch went out. Every car I have owned in the eighteen years that I have been driving, has been a stick shift. I have never, never had to replace a clutch. This of course was not one of the items that is/was covered by my warranty.

About twenty-one months later, I began to have trouble shifting into first gear off and on for about a week. After that week I was driving in second gear and was unable to shift into any other gear when the clutch was engaged. Once it was parked and turned off, I was able to shift. I had it towed to the shop thinking that something was wrong with my transmission, and was shocked when I was informed that it was the clutch that once again needed to be replaced.

The carpet under two of the three pedals has deep holes worn into it. These holes are also fraying and unraveling.

Less than four months after replacing the clutch for a second time, my Rodeo began to make a strange noise as it transitioned through the first three gears, especially when it was cold. My 'check engine' light came on & remained on for less than half of a day. I had it in the shop one day later. Now it is the timing belt and system, along with other belts and seals that have to be replaced. And my car just flipped 50,000 miles. 50,031 to be exact. The warranty expired 31 miles ago.

General Comments:

I am extremly disappointed in my Rodeo. All of my cars have been stick shifts and this is the first (and second) time I have had to replace a clutch.

To have the timing go four months later has sealed it for me, it can't be just a fluke thing involving the clutches on these autos. From my experience I would say that the Isuzu Rodeo is very poorly made, and that the warranty seems to be just a pointless extra piece of paper I had to sign.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd April, 2007

2002 Isuzu Rodeo Sport 3.2L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.2L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carMercury Mountaineer

Summary:

Outstanding little SUV with trucklike characteristics that is also okay for commuting

Faults:

My brake switch needed replacing at 35,000 miles. It was covered under the warranty as it applied to the second owner.

General Comments:

Car is used for commuting to work and also for towing boat. Excellent horsepower/torque from 3.2 liter V6. I do have the 2wd version and get about 18-19 MPG in suburb driving and about 21 MPG in highway conditions. This car is agile, responsive, and fun to drive, and tows my boat comfortably with a full chassis. Also have 3 elementary school aged kids that fit into the back seat comfortably, but will need a larger car when they get older. May keep this one as a third car just to tow my boat and get a sedan for commuting and family hauls. Seats are two-way adjustable, six-way would be nice. They do not have lumbar support or the ability to be raised/lowered. Moonroofs are fun to take out, but require another person to put back in properly, else you run the chance of "pinching" some of the support fittings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2006

2002 Isuzu Rodeo LX 2.6 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.6 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles

Summary:

Piece of Junk

Faults:

Rear Windshield Wiper stopped working at $50K.

Transmission began having problems at $58K due to low transmission fluid cause by a defective seal. The problem is you CAN'T check the fluid by design! Charged ME $252.00 for a transmission flush. They replaced the seal under warranty.

Transmission failed again at $63K due to a "transmission mode switch" cost of $452.00. My wife will not drive it anymore and I can't blame her.

General Comments:

Rides and looks good, but is unreliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th February, 2006

Average review marks: 5.3 / 10, based on 17 reviews