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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems

2.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,068 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 Rodeo engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 102005

Rodeo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 98,651 miles

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

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

Sep 092004

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
While driving 50 mph engine was producing a loud knocking noise. Dealer stated that the bearing rod failed which caused excessive oil burning, and the engine needed to be replaced.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 132004

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,257 miles
The vehicle does not start, the check engine light and ABS light comes on intermittently. After replacing the battery, the consumer was informed that the wiring harness cable is defective. Recall found by the consumer and the manufacture states the repair has been made.

- Wapello, IA, USA

problem #3

Apr 212003

Rodeo

  • miles

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

The consumer received a recall notice on March 2003 but the part was sill not available for repair. Please identify the part.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 132003

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,500 miles
Engine seizure, spun bearings due to no oil. Further investigation found that Isuzu suggests changing oil at 7500 mile intervals, but also considers 1qt oil usage per 1000 miles is "acceptable" usage for the 3.2L V6 205hp engine. Truck holds 6 quarts of oil, and I had oil changed by reputable oil change places every 5000 miles. Reports of 1qt oil usage per 800 miles fairly common on internet auto bulletin boards. Do the math.

- Valley Park, MO, USA

problem #1

Oct 012000

Rodeo

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When consumer was driving vehicle shook and rattled also, engine light came on and off. Temperature gauge would register hot, and cold back in forth. Dealership stated that warranty ran out, and dealership had acknowledgement of problem with recall. The head gasket and timing chain failed. The consumer had asked the manufacturer to do the repair on warranty.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

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