PROJECT CAR: 1994 Isuzu Rodeo LS 2WD V6

1994_Isuzu_RodeoOur current and ongoing project vehicle for testing aftermarket, replacement and OEM parts is this very sharp 1994 Isuzu Rodeo LS, 2-wheel drive, 4-door, 3.2-liter V6 EFI engine. We chose this vehicle because of its modern-good looks, easy availability of parts and accessories, and low purchase price. Our goal is to demonstrate a solid update/refresh of a vehicle like this for under $7,500 including purchase, and all parts/labor.

It’s equipped with the automatic transmission that also features “Winter” and “Power” modes; power steering, power anti-locking brakes, power door locks, sunroof, cruise control, air conditioning, rear defrost, rear-mounted spare tire w/cover, tinted windows, cloth interior.

After acquiring the vehicle and giving it a basic cleaning and engine servicing, we took a trip to the salvage yard and obtained some hard-to-find bits, like a missing ashtray, sun visor clip, and passenger side headlight lens. Now we’ve identified the major key areas that we’ll be covering and featuring during this project:


Tires – our replacement tires are first on the list, and we’ll be deciding which tire fitment shortly.

Brakes – are working fine, but considering the mileage, we’ll be replacing the brakes.

Shock Absorbers – the ride is a bit spongy, so a good set of shock absorbers are a must to improve our ride quality.


Basic engine servicing is complete, but we’ll be servicing the transmission, flushing the radiator, and tuning-up the engine.

The windshield washer pump and tank need replacing, and we’ll also replace the belts, hoses and spark plugs.


Carpet Set – the entire carpet set will be replaced.

Seat/soft goods – the seating (including foam) will be replaced, including the center console arm rest.

Electronics – we’ll be replacing the factory CD player and adding GPS Navigation, Satellite Radio, i-Pod connectivity, Bluetooth, and a rear seat entertainment system.

All of the glass except the windshield is good, so we’ll replace the front glass.


We’ll be adding information and reviews of products and equipment furnished for this project vehicle as they arrive from our project partners.

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