Isuzu Faster was released in 1972, purposed for light utility. With GM on their side it was quickly exported to Australia under Chevrolet Light Utility Vehicle; best known as LUV. Powered by a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine mated to a 4 speed transmission it quickly gained a reputation for reliability and durability. Until January 1981 Australasia saw the first badged Holden Rodeo that ruled till 2008, then succeeded to the Holden Colorado. With its high popularity for the working man and mini truck enthusiasts eManualOnline gives you all the secret sauce in the Holden Rodeo Service Manual.
The Holden Rodeo began as a Isuzu Faster, bolted to a traditional pickup truck chassis with a ladder frame and a leaf spring beam axle rear suspension. The front housed an independent A-arm suspension with a total load capacity of 2,200 lbs. Exceptionally high for its small and feeble appearance.
What powered this first generation Faster was a 1.6-liter inline 4 cylinder gas engine, able to produce 67 hp and 81 lb ft of torque mated to a 4 speed transmission. Originally only found in RWD until 1978 when the Faster added a new short bed 4x4 to the arsenal along with updated characteristics to the standard models. Also a new 2.0-liter inline 4 cylinder diesel engine, producing 60 hp and 83 lb ft of torque.
9 years after its initial success Holden took over and the Holden Rodeo was born. Still retaining its “Mini Truck” appearance along with a new face lift. The Rodeo sported rectangular lights, a new grille and updated mirrors. Under the bonnet of the RWD or 4WD short or long bed chassis was an updated 1.8 liter and 2.2 liter engine mated with a column or floor shifted 4 speed synchromesh transmission.
To summarize Holden would continue rebadging as new updates continued down the line, until 2008 with the GM-Isuzu break up resulting in Holden losing the rights of “Rodeo” Hence the birth of Holden Colorado.
Even though it is now known as Holden Colorado, you are still driving the true original Holden Rodeo for what it witnessed was only a name change. Even though the Colorado is not as sought after as the first generation Rodeo. it is the perfect workmans horse and the only way to keeping your money maker in tip top shape is with eManualOnline Holden Rodeo Workshop Manual, the ultimate guide to keeping your Holden Rodeo profitable.