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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,919 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #10

May 112014


  • 143,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the electronic door locks intermittently locked the contact out of the vehicle. The front driver's side and rear driver's side doors failed to unlock electronically or manually. The contact mentioned that the key was used in order to unlock the front passengar's and rear passengar's side doors manually. The contact entered the vehicle from the front passengers side ocassionally. In addition, the contact had noticed that the rear end of the frame had rusted and corroded. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000.

- Brookville, PA, USA

problem #9

Apr 012011


  • 168,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact noticed fuel was leaking from the vehicle and while driving the fumes entered the vehicle. The fuel gauge was inoperable and she was unable to determine how much gasoline was in the vehicle. The dealer nor manufacturer were not notified. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who inspected the vehicle and confirmed that there was a hole in the top of the fuel tank and the fuel gauge was faulty. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were 168,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Alamont, NY, USA

problem #8

Mar 112009


  • 140,000 miles
Starting the vehicle became difficult because of anti theft. Turning the key to start the car would not elicit any reaction at all. The car is designed so that when the car ignition is turned this grounds the anti-theft and the electrical signal then can pass to the starter. To fix the problem we grounded the anti-theft permanently to the body from the engine mounted fuse box.

- Rexburg, ID, USA

problem #7

Sep 022006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,950 miles


: the contact stated, the key would not come out of the ignition after the ignition was turned off and had been lodged there for 5 days. The contact notified the service dealer who determined the problem was with the cable coming from the transmission to the ignition. The manufacturer was notified.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #6

Dec 102005

Rodeo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 98,651 miles
The contact stated H vehicle burned to the ground after it stalled. The fire originated from under the hood. The contact had no problems with the vehicle prior to the incident. He took the vehicle to dealer for an oil change less than twelve hours prior to the fire. A police report was taken. The fire department did respond. The police report indicated the fire was of an electrical nature. Updated 02/24/06.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 232003


  • 55,000 miles
While driving about 60 mph on the highway, smoke was coming from underneath the vehicle.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 302003

Rodeo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


I have continually replaced major parts on my vehicle since owning it. From the electrical system, transmission, fuel pump, etc.

- Riviera Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 282003

(reported on)


  • 74,587 miles
The ABS light illuminated. The dealer stated the rear sensor and harness needed to be replaced.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 042000

(reported on)

Rodeo 4WD

  • miles
Do not buy one! have had the vehicle 2 years and has been in shop 10 times for various reasons: Electrical, strange noises from everywhere, check engine check light for no reason, valve noise(s) at 15K miles, recalls, etc.

- Fisherville, KY, USA

problem #1

Jul 091999

Rodeo 4WD

  • miles
The vehicle was being operated at 65 mph under cruise control for a continuous period of three hours in broad daylight. A rainstorm was encountered and the vehicle's exterior lights and windshield wipers were engaged. After approximately three minutes of such operation, the engine and all electrical components suddenly ceased. The same situation occurred the following day (July 10, 1999). A similar complete shutdown occurred in December, 1998 and the vehicle was taken into the dealership for inspection. The vehicle was also inspected by the dealer on July 13, 1999. In each of these inspections, the dealer advised that the source of the problem could not be determined. The initial incident in December, 1998 occurred while driving at night during a severe snowstorm at 35 mph and resulted in being forced onto the shoulder of the road without any lights/power. The latest two incidents occurred in daylight but at high speed on an interstate highway. One of the two recent incidents was a very near miss as a 16 wheel tractor trailer was following about 200 feet behind when all power was unexpectedly lost.

- Chester Springs, PA, USA

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