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1998 Isuzu Rodeo (Page 6 of 9)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
51 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,611 miles

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo brakes problems

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments (Page 6 of 9)

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problem #61

May 082000

(reported on)

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When braking and upon encountering a bump brakes released, then locked up when vehicle toucheed the ground again. This caused vehicle to slide into intersections on several occasions, once resulting in an accident.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #60

Nov 061998

Rodeo 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer attempted to step on brakes as he was approaching a stop sign and vehicle did not stop. Rearended vehicle in front. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained injuries.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #59

May 052000

(reported on)

Rodeo 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon braking on rough surface ABS brakes fail to operate.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #58

Feb 012000

Rodeo 4WD

  • miles

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

While applying brakes at 20mph, heard a growling sound from under hood in front of driver's position. Brake pedal went down and felt like vehicle would not stop. Reported to dealer. Dealer says brakes O.K. owner says brakes feel spongy and feel like they will not stop vehicle if needed in an emergency.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #57

Mar 312000

(reported on)

Rodeo

  • miles
75% of the time when I attempt to stop during a rain storm, when driving on bumps or stopping abruptly my brakes "slip". it feels like I'm pressing directly on the metal. When I pump the brakes it goes back to normal. I expressed this problem to a local Isuzu dealer when getting my 30,000 mile service. He chekced it out and found that the brakes were in good shape. He could not find any reason for the brakes to disfunction. I took his word for it until it happened again when I tried to brake while driving over a rail road track and the brakes "slipped" again. I, as the main dirver of this vehicle, have gotten used to this and use extreme caution whenever I am in any of the 3 situations mentioned. Unfortunately, I am not the only driver and it is a concern of mine that another person driving my car when this happens may not know how to react and get themselves into a serious, possibly fatal, accident. Besides my local dealer, which hasn't been much help, I don't know where else to go to get this problem fixed. Please help if you can. Thank you.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #56

Mar 262000

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes are an ongoing problem. Brakes intermittently work on any type surface. They release at anytime for a split second. Car just keeps on moving for a split second. Seems to happen on bumpy or wet roads. Dealer replaced some wiring harness on brakes in rear of the vehicle that they said was too short. Brakes are working so far.

- Suderton, PA, USA

problem #55

Nov 011998

Rodeo

  • miles

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

While driving over any bumps braking system malfunctioned, causing no braking ability, and resulting in a crash. Also, in wet conditions vehicle wandered which caused a loss of vehicle control. Dealer could not determine the cause of the problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #54

Dec 151999

Rodeo

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving consumer started to apply brakes, and hit a small pothole. Brakes made a grinding noise, pedal went straight to the floor and vehicle didn't respond. Hit car in front. Contacted dealer, said nothing was wrong with brakes. This happened again 27 Jan 00. Anytime while driving on an uneven surface the brakes works intermittently. Just had the tires replaced.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #53

Oct 011998

Rodeo 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
EA99008, intermittently while the occupant pressed the brakes there was no braking ability. Then, occupant pressed the brake pedal again, and the braking system activated. Dealer could not determine the cause of the problem. Other repair shop found air in the ABS system to be causing the problem.

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #52

Jul 031998

Rodeo

  • miles
No summary provided by consumer

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #51

Dec 211999

Rodeo

  • miles

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

When the brakes are applied on wet or icy pavements rear wheels spin, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has been notified. Prior to this incident the vehicle was involved in a collision due to the vehicle experiencing extended stopping distance.

- White Bear Lake, MN, USA

problem #50

Nov 301999

Rodeo

  • miles
Brakes failed pulling into parking space, jumped curb, brakes locked, vehicle struck building; brakes failed at high speed on highway service road, swerved vehicle onto curb to avoid collision; brakes release when driving over bumps in road at all speeds (e.g., railroad tracks, potholes, speed bumps); recreated this problem with Isuzu service manager in the vehicle; brakes have constant metal to metal sound; vehicle lurches when air conditioner compressor starts - brake pedal falls; Isuzu has stated many times that brakes meet specs; rear drums have been replaced; brake pedal has been recalibrated; problems persist; consumer safety has been grossly compromised without resolving the issue.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #49

Dec 091999

Rodeo

  • miles
Brakes go to the floor on normal conditions and at any speed making a trrraacckk sound and stopping a few feet away. This has happened 7 times, luckily no car has been near and I've also pulled onto the sidewalk. Taken to dealer 3 times even have left a mechanic take car to his house for 3 days to check the brakes on the road and I've rented a car and they keep saying " the brakes are perfect, no problem." I fear for my life & others that ride with me or any other car on the street is in jeopardy. I 'm driving with one hand on the wheel and the other on the emergency brakes (that works because they've been used). Please if you can help me I would really be grateful.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #48

Nov 011999

Rodeo

  • miles
When I noticed I am about to approach a pothole or if I hit a bump in the road, or sometimes a speed bump, the brakes will skip. The truck would be kicked forward, almost hitting drivers that are in front of me.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #47

Dec 011997

Rodeo

  • miles
Very dissatisfied with vehicle, feel extremely endangered in driving vehicle

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #46

Nov 161998

Rodeo

  • miles
Rear ABS brakes operate erratically. Would cause extended stopping distance when applied. The brake pedal would jump quickly. Brakes would make clunking noises after stopping. The pavement would be dry. Been to dealer & informed by mechanic the ABS actuator had to be replaced.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #45

Sep 011999

Rodeo

  • miles
While pulling out of a parking lot vehicle accelerated when taking off on a hill. Consumer applied the brakes, they went straight to the floorboard, causing the consumer to rear end another vehicle.

- Churchville, PA, USA

problem #44

Mar 011999

Rodeo

  • miles
Going over railroad tracks and vehicle in front stopped. Consumer went to apply brakes and brakes failed, resulting in an accident.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #43

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS brake system failed twice.

- Rosemead, CA, USA

problem #42

Jan 011999

Rodeo

  • miles
EA99008, ABS braking system; when braking during normal braking, on regular road condtions, at slow speed, the truck doesn't stop and travels as though it is on ice. The dealer was not able to find out what caused the problem with the brakes. Owner has not experienced any problem after the remote starter was disengaged.

- Kent, OH, USA

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