Isuzu Rodeo
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Isuzu
Model: Rodeo
Isuzu Rodeo

A version of the Isuzu MU Wizard called the Isuzu Rodeo was manufactured at Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., now known as Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., in Lafayette, Indiana. The vehicle was still considered though to be an import, as 75 percent of its parts were made overseas. The Rodeo made its debut in 1991. The mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle was available with either a 2.6 L 4-cylinder engine or a 120 hp (90 kW) or a 3.1 L V6 made by General Motors. An automatic transmission was available for the latter engine mentioned above. The vehicle was available with four-wheel drive with manually locking hubs on the S version and automatically locking hubs on the XS and top-of-the-line LS version. Rear anti-lock brakes were a standard feature, but not an option for all four-wheel models. All models did though have a rear seat bottom, which folded forward and rear seat back, which folded down; thankfully this vastly extending the 35 cubic foot (1.0 m<sup>3</sup>) cargo area. Although of little importance, the vehicle's lug wrench was stored under the seat bottom, concealed by a carpeted Velcro flap. The jack was located behind a plastic panel in the left rear of the cargo area along with the rear-windshield-washer fluid reservoir if so equipped. The LS version was available with privacy glass, velour upholstery and split-folding rear seats. The front door handles also had to be held aloft while closing the doors to lock. This is one reason that drivers do not prefer the older Rodeos. On the other hand, they have really held up well over the years and are still very drivable and resalable. Additionally, consumers looking to get their hands on an old Rodeo can also look to Honda, Opel/Vauxhall and Holden, each of whom sold rebadged versions of the vehicle.

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