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Isuzu Rodeo, Honda Passport, SUV
Mar 07, 2001 (6:46 am)
I have a 1998 Rodeo, and all I can say is that it's one of the most cheaply built vehicles I have ever owned.
Since day one, there have been little issues -- so many days spent in the service dept. at Isuzu's dealership.
This leads me to a discussion, I'm NOT bashing the Rodeo (i don't mind mine so much anyways) -- what do you all consider when you compare the Rodeo with the superior (in terms of build quality) Pathfinder, and perhaps a Jeep or something?
Actually, forget the Jeep, just consider the Pathfinder and other japanese built SUV's.
#66 of 2315 1998 Rodeos
Mar 07, 2001 (6:54 am)
Were the first year of the re-design. If you look at 99s, 00s, and 01s they are far better quality-wise. I had a '97 which was the last of the previous generation. 120K miles and it NEVER saw the dealer for anything. Oil changes ever 3K miles, 1 set of tires, 2 sets of brake pads.
#67 of 2315 Spin Around Town: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 07, 2001 (10:11 am)
An update from the editors at Edmunds (not me!)
"We recommend taking a close look at some of the other small SUVs on the market and going on a few test drives before settling for this warmed-over Amigo."
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#69 of 2315 New Deals On Isuzu SUVs?
Mar 09, 2001 (8:55 am)
I am in the market for a new SUV. Have been considering Rodeo, Tribute, Escape, Exterra, and vehicles $20k to $25K. I really like the rodeo, and I hear Isuzu is running a special this month 0 down and 0% interest for 60 months. This sounds to good to be true? I am wondering if this means the dealers are not going to come down off of their sticker prices? Also, had been quoted around $23,500 for 2001 LS 2WD in Louisiana. I really would like to get a 4WD and wanted some advice on a good price for an LS 4WD and advice on the 0% interest, or at least what loop holes to look out for? Thank you for the help.
#70 of 2315 Check out the owner's club
Mar 09, 2001 (9:16 am)
post this over in the owner's club area, they'll give you tons of info.
#71 of 2315 Edmund's BASHES the Rodeo..
Mar 10, 2001 (2:04 pm)
To reiterate, I own a '98 Rodeo, and I'm pretty satisfied with it. There are definitely things I wish the Dealer could fix, but they just don't know how.
Edmund's just bashed the heck outta the new Rodeo Sport. Most of the symptoms they spoke of I can totally relate to in my '98. I don't like the braking at all on the Rodeo. They still haven't fixed that ABS problem which can be very deadly if it occurs at the wrong time! I hope you are all aware of this, and have test-driven your Rodeo and slammed on the brakes over bumps and in wet conditions -- ugh, what a nightmare. Plus, the stopping power and the brake fade is another problem -- you really have to MASH on the brakes to get this puppy to stop sometimes. Another thing is the suspension, it is way too mushy, and the nose-dive upon sudden braking is ridiculous. Not to mention, after you drive the car for about 20K miles, you may, as many Rodeo owners do, begin to hear all these squeeks and squawks and shudders from the cheaply fit interior dash and paneling and the underbody. Ugh. I know this isn't a forum for my grievances, and I do love the responsiveness of the engine, the smooth transmission .. and the good looks .. and it's 4-wheel drive performance, but...
For those of you who own recent model Rodeos, how do you like the brakes, and do you notice a low-end "thud" from the drive-train as you come to a slow stop and then as you slowly accelerate from a stop?
Also, check our www.suv.com .. under the Rodeo owner's forum.
#72 of 2315 Rodeo Problems
Mar 11, 2001 (7:31 am)
I have a 96 Rodeo with 98000 miles and has been back to the Dealer once for a recall on the wheel lugs. Overall its been a very good vehicle and recommended it to my daughter who bought a 2000. I just came back from the Cleveland Auto Show where I sat in every SUV and Truck.Looks don't matter to me anymore. Since I drive from the inside, the layout is most important, comfortable seats with lots of leg room both front and rear with ample cargo room. When judging a vehicle I always ask myself. Would you and your passengers be comfortable in a cross country trip? The auto show results are in. For the money, and the answere to my question , the Rodeo is hard to beat.Even the more expensive ones didn't have the room as the Rodeo.I am 58 years young and have owned many vehicles and one thing I have learned is this.THERE IS NO PERFECT VEHICLE. They are used for transportation people. Good luck in your Search for that Perfect Vehicle. I prefer to use my time doing other things.
#73 of 2315 wind noise
Mar 11, 2001 (11:59 am)
I am very interested in buying a Rodeo; however after test driving one yesterday I was disappointed in the amount of wind noise while on the freeway. Can anyone comment about this. Are they all this noisey?
Mar 11, 2001 (1:18 pm)
I would have to agree with you -- the Rodeo is -- on paper -- the best bang for the proverbial "buck," and I complement your notion that there is no perfect vehicle -- but some, as you have to agree at the age of 58, are better than others. Truth-be-told.