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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
226 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Isuzu Amigo brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Isuzu Amigo Owner Comments

problem #18

Sep 022003

Amigo

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While applying the brakes pedal went all the way down to the floor, causing a loud noise.

- Mineola, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 012003

Amigo

  • miles
The dealership did not have parts for the ABS recall 02 I 002 000, after the appointment was made.

- Johnstown, OH, USA

problem #16

Dec 202002

Amigo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I began experiencing braking problems about a year after I purchased the vehicle. When stopping suddenly, the vehicle had extending stopping distances. I had the brakes inspected and was told the brake pads were in good condition. I proceeded to search the internet for recalls and found a safety notice on the ABS system. I brought my vehicle into a dealership for service and was told this notice did not pertain to my vehicle. Shortly after this, I was involved in an accident. The vehicle did not stop when I applied the brakes resulting in a collision with two other vehicles. Three months after the accident, I received a safety improvement campaign notice regarding my vehicle and the ABS.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #15

Sep 161998

Amigo

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,866 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brakes do not function properly during wet weather of when the vehicle hit a pothole. The dealer and manufacturer were contacted and stated that there was nothing that they could do. The consumer has paid over $200 to get brakes fixed, and the problem still existed. Currently spent $250 for new rotors......

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #14

Oct 101998

Amigo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,200 miles
I do not believe that the brakes on my car have worked correctly since it was purchased. I have had it into the dealer several times, but they said they cannot find anything wrong. During the summer I got a notice that Isuzu would be "fixing" brakes on various cars - it was not a recall, but they were going to be doing it for safety reasons. The cars were, I believe, 98 and 99 Amigos and rodeos, of which mine is one. I called Isuzu and they said they would be sending notices out in the fall. It is now the end of February and I have never heard another word and am not able to get any information. My brakes just don't seem to work properly and I don't think they ever have. It is like it takes longer to stop than it should.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #13

Nov 161998

Amigo

  • miles
Consumer has had same problem with ABS brakes as stated in recall # 02 I00 000, but this vehicle was not included in recall due to VIN. Mr....

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #12

Jun 082002

Amigo

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While traveling on highway and without prior warning ABS light appears on dashboard, and brakes will not hold. Dealership is aware of problem. The consumer paid for the repair of the vehicle, but wants to be reimbursed.

- Chillitothe, OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 092001

Amigo

  • miles
These are not all the repairs for the vehicle, just the major ones that have been repaired numerous times.no safety defect.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 162001

(reported on)

Amigo

  • miles
On downhill, uneven surface, brake pedal is depressed and brakes go into a non-applied mode, and after approximately a car length, the brakes will lcok up, make a slamming sound, and pull the vehicle to the side. This condition has been duplicated by the technician on both my vehicle and my husband's vehicle (same model/year). His response was that all vehicles of this model will do the same thing, even the brand new ones, and that the manufacturer considers this a "normal" condition. I have requested the manufacturer to buy-back my vehicle under the lemon law since it has been reported four times without resolution, but the request has been refused because there is no failure. I feel this is a potentially serious safety problem, not to mention what is does for my nerves when driving this vehicle.

- Westover, WV, USA

problem #9

Jun 192000

(reported on)

Amigo 4WD

  • miles
ABS brakes engage on dry bumpy pavement, causing increased breaking distance. This occurs all the time. No dealer solution.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #8

Jun 122000

Amigo

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving on road pulled up to the intersection when light turned red, consumer applied brakes to slowdown, but brake pedal went to the floor. Caused extended stopping distance and vehicle went through the intersection. Contacted dealer.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 211999

Amigo

  • miles
When driving on wet pavement and upon making a normal stop, consumer experienced complete brake failure, resulting in extended stopping distance. Cause unknown. Also, gas tank has separated from bottom of vehicle, causing a fuel leakage, sun roof cover doesn't stay intact, and seat belt and gas pedal stick. Consumer has contacted dealer.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 281999

Amigo

  • miles
ABS system is working intermittently when going over a bump. Has to apply the brake pedal to slow down, the pedal goes straight to the floorboard.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #5

May 111999

Amigo

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
EA9999008, ABS braking system malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to have no braking capability, and resulting in a crash..et.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 181999

Amigo

  • miles
Antilock brake system failed, allowing rear brakes to lock up causing loss of control. Mjs

- Unk, UN, USA

problem #3

Jan 281999

Amigo

  • miles
When driving on wet pavement, mostly on hills, the ABS starts up and allows my car to free wheel for about 10 to 20 feet before braking begins again. I am not letting up on the pedal. The first time the ABS started up it worked great, I heard a motor running under the hood and even on the snow I stopped fine. This motor does function when 12vdc is applied but as of late, no longer functions when the ABS is started, the problem must be in the controling module it is failing to start the motor. I have been into the ditch 6 times total and I am just waiting to get into a very bad accident. I did notice that other cars next to me under the same conditions are able to stop. This lead me to this little test I conducted. When I disable the ABS my car stops fine. In fact in a parking lot with the ABS off from a speed of 30 mph the car will stop on average 45% shorter than when the ABS is started. The rear tires did lock up just before coming to a complete stop with the ABS off. I tested 10 times with each condition (10 with ABS and 10 without ABS) and then averaged resulting stopping distance. The tests werer done on wet pavement caused by rain. The dealership states that they have checked everything and the system is fine( Jan 29 1999). If the dealer is corrrect and no problem exsists the system itself is not good enough. Sure I can still steer the car and there is no danger of locking the tires (or stopping this car) but around here if I steer off the road in order to miss something it usually ends you up in a large ditch or off a cliff. This type of performance is not acceptable and is actually a hazzardf to everyone on the highway. How can you guys allow such a poor product to remain on the road. My car is currently equipped with a kelse hayse unit. Until I can find an option that works as I really liked the way the brakes worked on the snow. The over head dome light blinks on and off when going up hill. This I can live with.

- Ashland City, TN, USA

problem #2

Feb 171999

Amigo 4WD

  • miles
While braking downhill I hit a bump and the pedal moved toward the floor. Stopping distance seemed to increase more than I suspected. If there had been a vehicle in front of me I may have hit it.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

Dec 101998

(reported on)

Amigo

  • miles
When applying the ABS brakes on dry pavement the pedal traveled to the floor, causing extended stopping distance which resulted in a collision.

- Weatherly, PA, USA

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