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Holden Rodeo Cars

The Holden Rodeo Car is a ute by the Australian car manufacturer Holden. It was introduced in 1980, but kept going until 2008, when branding issues relating to the GM-Isuzu split meant Holden lost the rights to the name Rodeo. The Rodeo was originally designed and released in Japan as the Isuzu Faster, but found a steadfast home in Australasia, where folks really loved a good ute.

Old and New

The Rodeo kept going for over a quarter of a century. Good handling and a big cargo section makes for an excellent utility vehicle, whether you’re looking at a 2000 Holden Rodeo or a 1991 Holden Rodeo. From the early 2000s onward, the Holden Rodeo featured the sleek lines of more contemporary cars, while the older designs were typical of the more blunt and blocky style from the 90s.

Diesel versus Petrol

There are both diesel and petrol versions of the Holden Rodeo in a variety of engine sizes. The more recent models have better fuel efficiency than the older ones, but diesel is cheaper per liter no matter what car you’re putting it in and hey, you’re buying a ute, so don’t worry too much.


The Holden Rodeo can be fitted with bullbars, a tow bar, even a roll cage. Obviously if you’re buying second hand, the modifications that previous owner(s) might have had put on kind of depend on what they would have used it for, but you can always make your own additions. The Rodeo was also sold with a variety of cab and canopy options, such as double cab and single cab, with and without canopy. A canopy is also something you can have added on yourself if you fancy a car without one, but would really like the cargo compartment to stay dry. And like a lot of utes, the Rodeo came as both rear-wheel drive and 4x4 for more outdoorsy use.

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