26th Aug 2006, 15:18

I have owned my 2004 Isuzu Rodeo for about two years now. I have had no problems, mechanical or others. I am concerned about the resale value, but I was well aware of the depreciation factor, considering I was buying an "Isuzu." I plan on keeping my Rodeo well past the maturing of the loan. I have enjoyed my Rodeo and don't have anything negative to say about it.

15th Sep 2006, 12:54

I say buy the Freelander, or a Rav4. They are much better cars than the Isuzu. Better on and off road, and in the cabin.

18th Oct 2006, 15:48

Agree about the RAV4, but not about the Freelander. It's not known as the worst 4X4 so far for nothing...

7th Jan 2007, 06:50

I have had my LSE 2004 SUV Rodeo now for like a year or so and I have had no problems in it what so ever.

Its back seats are roomy and comfortable little a bit less convenient anteriorly though. The engine power is just perfect, however, it is not a racing car and you don't expect to race with other cars on road anyways...

I like the smart suspension system and the luxurious options in it...

It is beautiful, at least to me...

I would recommend it to work on acceleration and on more room anteriorly as well as on ASR/ESR systems to be installed.

24th Jan 2007, 07:45

Rav4 better off road then the Rodeo?? You have to be kidding me. Smaller too.

24th May 2007, 09:25

On the last comment a Jeep in-line 4 with a V-6 was recommended as being reliable and my neighbor has a 98 Jeep Laredo for sale. After reading all the bad comments on the Camry and Accords I am really scared to buy one thinking they wouldn't be as maintenance free as I have heard EVERYONE say. What kind of mileage does the Jeep get? Thanks.

22nd Sep 2007, 14:43

I purchased a 2004 Rodeo, and was initially pleased. Within the first year the check engine light started coming on. I called the dealer and quickly learned that I would be without my vehicle for longer than I could deal with. No work, No pay. So I took it to auto zone and was told the problem. 02 Sensor. Shortly there after, the REDUCED POWER light came on (acceleration was at a crawl). So to remedy the problem. I loosened the Pos post (disconnect for approx 15 minutes), and now keep it loose to make it home. The check engine light and reduced power light comes on about every couple hundred miles. Oh, did I mention, sometimes turning the ignition key gets no response. I have to keep trying to start it by turning the key back and forth. What a lemon. Paint on the Hood has started developing crows feet from the cracking of the clear coat. GOOD LUCK.

28th Feb 2008, 21:52

I had a 1991 Rodeo and got 130K miles out of it. Traded it in for a 2004 Rodeo - Big mistake! After 3 years the reduced power light came on and it barely gets above 30 mph. Dealer bought from got bought out, closest one hour and half. Just got it back from a local mechanic who could do nothing. He thought he found the solution through Internet sources that said bad green or blue wire. Must have been 40 green blue wires under the hood, traced them all and found nothing. Mechanic thinks its in the computer and would not touch that. Now, I'm stuck with a hunk of junk. Never buying another Isuzu, but what does it matter now, they are about to go under.

18th Sep 2008, 23:57

I bought my 04 Rodeo with 12,000 miles on it at the end of 04, and I now have 85,000.

I have replaced the cat, which in-turn on any car you need to replace the O2 sensor after the cat.

Yeah my passenger side window I can't put down from the driver side, but it got really wet one day.

Other than that, it's been a great car. Driven to FL twice, and I live in Mass.

I wish they would make a newer model.

Keep up with your scheduled maintenance and this car will last you. I know many people who have had theirs for many miles.

23rd May 2009, 13:42

I have had my direct injection Isuzu since I bought it new. The only problem is when it is cold some times it skips a little but, that is the only problem I have had. It is a nice little SUV.

15th Nov 2015, 19:14

Wow. It's like you described my Rodeo. I have the same exact problem.

21st Oct 2018, 01:51

I bought my 2004 Rodeo new and still have it. 225K and in mostly great shape except for the crappy paint.

I'm having 2 issues now. When I try to start it, it clicks 4-5 times, then finally kicks over. Not sure if it's the battery or starter. And now the A/C only blows hot, all the time. Even when I try to just use the outside air and not the compressor. The compressor clicks on, it blows cold only until the engine starts to warm up, then it's hot air only.