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Pros: the comfort and feel of the car
Cons: All the repairs.
Advice: Stay away or at least be careful.I bought my '02 rodeo used. I had to redo the transmission at 60,000 miles (right after the warranty expired). I had to replace the entire A/C system. I have put 3 water pumps in the vehicle, and I have a coolant leak that can't be located. Oh and now the car chooses when it will let me disengage it from park into drive/reverse. Put more money into the car than it is worth. Love the feel/drive of the car, but parts are hard to find and cost a bundle. I will never buy another Isuzu.
Pros: the engine runs strong...so far
Cons: the drop in quality of the izuzu product
Advice: stay away....stay far awayAfter about 6 months the front end began to rattle.Now after 1yr and 9 months it sounds like the front axles or some part of the suspention is going to fall out,and the front tires have began to bounce like two huge rabbits under my fenders anytime i go over a sharp bump.The transmission has developed a whinny sound you can hear in the last row of this 7 passenger disaster.(you know the sound,like a childs electric car that they ride in?)Well it's been 3 trips to the dealers repair shop #4 this monday. Too bad Izuzu sold it's sense quality breaking into the upper end suv's. I have owned izuzu before ..never again.
Pros: Shift on the Fly 4WD
Cons: Cost of the 30,000 mile scheduled maintance service, WOW!!!
Advice: Find the most RELIABLE and REPUTABLE Dealership possible.I have had my Rodeo Sport for three years now and it has been a great vehicle. I've put over 56,000 miles on it so far and have had very little trouble with the vehicle. Had to replace a leaking axle seal at about 39,000 but that was done under warranty. I have to agree with most reviews, Isuzu dealerships in general suck! I had to take my Rodeo Sport to the dealer 3 times before they would admit I needed the warranty repair. Now, there is NO DEALER within 60 miles of my residence, not convenient at all.