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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2004 Isuzu Ascender (Page 1 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,718 miles

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2004 Isuzu Ascender electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Isuzu Ascender Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Apr 292016


  • 144,455 miles


While driving my cars brakelight came on and the car started to accelerate faster and faster. Pullled over as soon as I could and stopped the car and turned the engine off. The check gauges warning light comes on even when the car is sitting idle or when I pull up and stop at a red light it comes on.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #21

Jan 082013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Isuzu Ascender. After stopping the vehicle, the contact was unable to shift gears and the ignition key failed to remove from the ignition. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #20

Dec 302015

Ascender 4WD 8-cyl

  • 129,998 miles
Had auto towed to midas after inability to start, attempted jump start, unsuccessful. Battery replaced on 12/28/15. Drove auto next several days and on 12/30/15 drove to pick up my husband, shut off car in park. Unable to start vehicle again, keys could not be removed. Keys were in lock position in battery mode, able to turn to engine on but not turnover. Battery running all lights. Had auto towed again to midas but unable to diagnose. Spoke with auto shop and given this info to check recall for this vehicle. VIN [xxx]. 2004 Isuzu Ascender. Will require another tow to different facility for diagnostics plus more fees for repairs, towing. Auto was in park on side street 4pm 12/30/15 after driving vehicle all day. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #19

Dec 152015


  • miles


Car paid is pilling off we paint this car 3 times and a thoses the samething all clear paint whit in 3-5 month start to come off can any body tell me is GM had a recal for this

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #18

Dec 152015


  • 150,000 miles
Cluster panel does not work. The low beam lights have stopped working regularly whether stationary or driving.. they work intermittently causing the use of high beams. It has become a night time driving safety issue. Car will turn off in the middle of driving causing my daughter to have to pull over for safety.

- Choctaw, OK, USA

problem #17

May 012014


  • 180,000 miles
Vehicle headlights work very erratically both when vehicle is parked or in motion. Low-beam lights will go off on a moment's notice and only high-beam lights will work. More recently, even the high-bean lights have been acting up and turning off. Headlights sockets were replaced at some point but problem persists. This condition is extremely dangerous, especially when driving at night and all the headlights go out.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #16

May 252015


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Isuzu Ascender. The contact stated that the gauges and lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer stated that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The contact also noticed smoke and flames coming from the control panel of the arm rest on the front driver side door. The contact was able to extinguish the fire. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V035000 (visibility) even though the windshield of the vehicle had shifted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #15

Oct 012013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Isuzu Ascender. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the entire instrument panel went dark. After twenty minutes, it resumed normal function. The contact mentioned that the problem had recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #14

Mar 052008

Ascender 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Isuzu Ascender. The contact stated while driving approximately 5 mph, the engine stalled with the warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle restarted and resumed in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer four separate occasions where the ignition switch was replaced each time. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Del City , OK, USA

problem #13

Sep 182013


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Isuzu Ascender. The contact stated that the driver's side door control failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the driver's side door control module exhibited a short and as a result, would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 88,000.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #12

Jan 022012


  • 135,000 miles


ABS and brake warning lights and warning chime comes on every time we drive the car. The chime will go off after about 15 sec. Of chiming. Lights and warning on the "readout" stay on. Our mechanic said its the ABS module and GM doesn't have any. They have been on backorder for at least 8 months. He said it's a problem with "like" GM vehicles also. This is a safety hazard. Don't know to take it seriously or not. Don't know if our brakes are going to work. We need this fixed and we can't even get a part. Help!!

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #11

Jun 242009


  • 33,000 miles
Had check engine light come on and had checked out. Code brought up said gas cap problem. Replaced gas cap and went away for a week. Had problem come back and asked mechanic and said it was a common problem on these vehicles. Mechanic also said it could be connection to fuel tank from gas fill tube. Had checked out and was ok. Put on new gas cap again and went away for another week and came back. Done with it. Tired of putting money into a problem that won't go away.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #10

Jan 072013

Ascender 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
There has been ungoing electrical issues since buying this vehicle new. The headlights have stopped working and there is an intermittent problem with the lights and the internal chime. Sometimes the lights don't come on or the chimes can not be heard and then it is working properly again. The engine in the vehicle ihad to be orepalced just before it went to 60000 miles so, it has an 2005 engine. This engine has a hard revv when shifting gears. There are gas fumes coming into the cabin. The vehicle has been taken to the mechanic several times and they have not been able to find the leak. I don't live in the salt belt area. I live in northern fl and this is not the only place that the vehicle has been, but it has not been where there are salted roads like the nort East and midatlantic. Request your assistance.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 192012

Ascender 6-cyl

  • miles
I have owned this car for three years and in that time heres the issues, RPM, oil, tempature, speedomter gauges have quit. The car virbrates extememly hard when sitting still. If the ac is on, its virbrating harder, the front vents have quit working and only the defrosters and rear vents work. The car likes to die at red lights. I see the oil and tempature gauge as a safety issue. There will be no warning if the car is too hot and the oil pressure is to high.the engine light stays on no matter what we fix. It says the car had a cylinder one missfire. Can be caused by a bad spark plug, a bad coil or vacuum leak. Replaced the first two and had it inspected by a mechanic for the second. Nothing. The cold to hot setting on the heat, only one side of the light works, but if I slide the knob up and down fast, the light comes on. Sign of a short.

- Joaquin, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 022010

Ascender 6-cyl

  • 122,348 miles
While driving one night, my left headlight went out, first the dim, then the bright. My wife and I both smelled a smell like rubber burning, so I stopped the car and checked under the hood to detect the origin of the smell, but to no avail. Not much later that same night, my right headlight also burned out. Luckily, we were only 1 mile from our house and limped home. When I checked under the hood the next day, I found that the electrical connections to both headlights had burned and melted the wires at the point where they attach to the back of the headlight assembly. Has this been a common problem for other Ascender owners?

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #7

Oct 012011

Ascender 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Instrument panel cluster performed erratically and then stuck at 30 mph. Restarting the car then reset to 0 mph. No gauges are working including fuel and speedometer. This is a safety issue.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #6

Jan 152006


  • miles
The computer system of the vehicle is broken down. The speedometer jumps from 0 mph to 120mph and never shows the correct speed. Airbag sign flickers and turns on and off at times. The gear stick jams on one mode and car starts stalling. Dealership doesn't want to accept it as a lemon car that is eating away our money. And wants thousands of dollars to fix the problem.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 132007


  • 30,500 miles
Service engine light remains on, service department unable to fix problem.

- Deforest, WI, USA

problem #4

Aug 102008

Ascender 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Isuzu Ascender. The contact started the ignition and noticed that the digital odometer and gear gauges were inoperative. Also, all of the warning light indicators were not working on the instrument panel. There were no warnings prior to the intermittent failures. The vehicle was being scheduled for an appointment at the authorized dealer. The failure and current mileages were 80,000. Updated 8/25/10 the consumer stated the vehicle has an electrical problem. Updated 08/27/10 updated 08/30/10

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 222005

Ascender 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,691 miles
Check engine light came on while vehicle was idling. Took to dealer and he had to reprogram or reboot the computer. (1 day at dealer) subsequently (approx. 6 months) the dash lights failed (no warning lights) dealer reprogrammed/rebooted computer. Problem recurred on trip home so I returned car to dealer. Diagnosed as bad instrument panel - took 6 days to get replacement part. Parts for Isuzu have to be ordered from Isuzu. The exact same part is available from Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and was readily available from any of these but we lost use of our vehicle for 6 days waiting on Isuzu to deliver the part.

- Saint Simons Island, GA, USA

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