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NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members: Underbody Shields Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,546 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.

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 032014


  • miles


Rearend came loose driving went to get check out, bad news clamps holding rearend to frame came apart because frame rusted out and their is noting to hold on to because frame want do I do next?

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 122013


  • 135,000 miles
After receiving recall info in 2010 Isuzu dealer inspected vehicle and treated the frame with chemical to prevent further erosion. Just had my truck in repair shop when they notified me of the unsafe condition of passenger side rear frame. You can stick your finger through the frame, because it has rusted through. Contacted Isuzu today and they refuse to look at it.

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #7

Jul 102013


  • 114,000 miles
Excessive corrosion result in the right rear suspension lower link bracket becoming detached from the frame, which can affect vehicle handling and potentially cause a crash.

- Gardner, MA, USA

problem #6

Oct 252012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles


Vehicle will not pass inspection this year because of frame rusting out and other issues with the spring brackets and stabilizer bar....all are rusted out....Rodeo is now worthless....Isuzu had to know the frame was inferior material for vehicles 1998-2002...and did nothing except a worthless recall in 2011 and ignored the rest of the frame of the vehicle...contacted Isuzu about the problem and spoke to two reps....both basically blew me off....I asked to speak to their manager and was told that this is as far as it goes....and that it ain`T happening...great customer service!!hopefully something will be done about this....I see that there are many other Rodeo and passport owners out there with the same problem...this is a safety issue...someone is going to get killed....

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 122012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
Vehicle has been feeling unstable lately to the point of almost losing control. Climbed under the vehicle to see if I could spot an issue an found the frame to completely rotted through on the rear driver side upper spring perch, which is coming through the cargo compartment floorboard. Frame can also be crumbled with the slight push of a screwdriver at the rear frame section.

- Leominster, MA, USA

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problem #4

Jul 252012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 169,585 miles
I was driving vehicle on state route. Began hearing what sounded like small rocks or cinders. Now on the road though. Then the car started to sway some as I went around a turn. I pulled over and looked under vehicle and found my right rear sway bar bracket had rusted through and the bar was hanging on that side tried to weld a piece of metal to frame to make a new bracket and discovered the frame is also rusted through in places. My car is unsafe to drive now and is basically totaled. I have no other vehicle to drive. Called Isuzu and was informed it was my problem not theirs.

- Mount Perry, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 062012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 177,332 miles


Frame rusted causing rear lower control arm to fall off almost causing a serious accident vehicle purchased 8/22/11 want to know why these vewhicles are still be allowed to be sold. It is a known problem and the recall started in 2010 and only good for 1 year so I have to junk a otherwise decent car because the frames are junk. These vehicles need to be taken off the roads for everyones safety!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Secor, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 172011

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Frame basically fell apart due to severe rust, was going 40 mph at the time and the vehicle swirved out of control into the oncoming lane, luckily for me there wasn't anyone using the other lane.

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 162011

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Had stage 3 call back done 3/16/11.the machanic inspected the frame. Both upper rear spring towers are rotted, and becoming deformed. Rear shock absorber frame brakets are rotted. Rear 5 mile hour bumber mounts are rotted. Both fuel tank monts are rotted. The rear right upper radius arm frame monting braket is rotted. We have already paid to replaced the section of the frame that the penard bar is mounted to, , because it too had rooted off.

- Westford, MA, USA

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