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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,778 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 fuel system problems

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 282011


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact was driving 40 mph when the rear of the vehicle suddenly began to abruptly sway to the right. The contact merged the vehicle to the shoulder and called a tow truck. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who inspected the failure and advised the contact that the brackets from the frame were fractured and also caused a hole in the fuel tank. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V436000 (suspension: Rear) and was advised by the dealer that the rear suspension could be repaired under the recall but not the hole in the fuel tank. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who confirmed to the contact that the recall repair would not cover the damage of the fuel tank. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Smithville, WV, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Oct 242010


  • 77,000 miles
TL-the driver owns a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo. While having the vehicle examined by an independent mechanic he was informed the fuel tank and undercarriage of the vehicle was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. He also stated the fuel gauge stopped functioning. He repaired that failure himself. The failure and current mileages were 77,000. The VIN was unavailable. Sm.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 172006


  • 45,000 miles


I have some very important issues pertaining to my 1998 Isuzu Rodeo. I read several blogs on a forum from other Rodeo owners that have had some of the same problems that I have with mine. The biggest one is the ABS system and the other is the fuel sending unit and gas gauge. These are two of the most reported problems but not the only ones. It seems that Isuzu should be doing something to correct these and other problems associated with this vehicle. The ABS has been addressed in some but not in others. Although the gas gauge does not pose any real safety issues it is one that poses minor safety issue because of the possibility of running out of gas because of not knowing the correct amount of fuel in the car.

- Irondale, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 042005

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Fuel gauge began reading erroneous. Replaced fuel sending unit located inside fuel tank but still only reads 1/8 of a tank when full. I believe the vehicle must be reprogrammed by the dealer for this particular model year. I have to go by the miles driven to estimate next fuel stop.

- Windermere, FL, USA

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problem #4

Mar 072004

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Fuel sending unit is operating erratically. Had it replaced after receiving what I thought was a recall from the manufacturer, only to be told by Isuzu rep that it was only a recommendation the time of the replacement the fuel gauge was reading correctly. I have personally talked to several repair places and some friends who have had the same problem with the Isuzu Rodeo/Honda passport. This seems to tell me that this is a common problem with these vehicles. I would greatly appreciate any help or feedback you can give me on this problem since the repair cost is near $600, and the sending unit is only available through Isuzu dealer service centers.

- Blandford, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 042002

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 78,000 miles


Fuel sending unit intermittent after fill-up, during daily driving. Gas gauge reads empty nearly all the time regardless of level of fuel. After filling tank gauge will rise to 1/2 then as you drive daily it will read empty w/low fuel warning on or it will stay at 1/2 tank then next day drop to empty.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #2

Apr 191999


  • miles
Consumer was driving approximately 40-45mph when she began to smell gasoline. The front wheel of driver side started to feel like it was turning to the right. Vehicle began skidding. Driver applied brakes, but brakes failed to stop vehicle. Consumer lost control of wheel and crashed into the gaurdrail, vehicle was towed.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 181998

(reported on)


  • miles
Fuel leak.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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