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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,220 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 142009

Rodeo

  • 120,419 miles

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

The transmission begin to skate and only stay in use the reverse and the winter drive form. The car was checked and the oil level are in good standing. Later after two days all drive forms stay in blank. I put the car in drive 1 and the car no response in any drive form.

- Ponce, PR, USA

problem #10

Dec 012002

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
Transmission failure. Cracked output shaft from transmission. Replaced with a new 2 piece transmission shaft. However, even though Isuzu knows about this, hence the recommendation of the new 2 piece shaft, I had to pay for all repairs myself, over 2000 dollars

- Apo Ae, NY, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Aug 012001

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Sway bar broke off while consumer was driving. Contacted dealer, and dealer was not willing to do anything. Consumer states vehicle is jerking backwards while driving. Dealer could not find anything, however problem persist. ABS light comes on intermittently. Dealer could not find a problem.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 281998

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Applied brakes very hard, vehicle did not stop, resulting in a crash, also the transmission sometimes jerks and makes a distrubing noise when changing during acceleration, car also jers when put in reverse.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 022000

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have experienced several problems with this vehicle, the major problems have included the muffler system being replaced, front crank and rear main seals leaking and being replaced, transmission being toally replaced at 57K and now our timing belt has snapped causing $4,000 in damage to the motor. Owner's manual states that timing belt does not need to be checked until 75K the vehicle only has 67K. We lost the transmission and the motor on I-20 in Louisiana going at a rate of 70mph, both times being left stranded on the interstate early in the am. Both incidents have put my family in danger and I honestly believe that if either had occurred later in the day it would have resulted in an accident.

- Haughton, LA, USA

problem #5

Nov 062000

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle has a low and high shifter when traveling. Vehicle will slow down without prior warning.

- Frankford, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 201998

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission is in winter mode. Transmission can be in standard mode and vehicle will not accelerate, incident occurs intermittently. Dealer contacted several times, and cannot remedy problem. Problem still exists. Provide further information.

- Clackamas, OR, USA

problem #3

Mar 081999

Rodeo

  • miles
The two rear tires were warped and threads were coming apart, and 2 rear rims were bent which may have caused a loss of vehicle control. Every time the vehicle started or stopped, it would jerk forward. Also, won't go out of park position, and brakes were grinding. Please provide further information and VIN#.

- Ashville, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 151998

Rodeo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission slipping and makes clunking noise whenever consumer shifts into drive. Vehicle been in/out of dealer shop on three occasions, and problem still unresolved.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 221999

(reported on)

Rodeo

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When driving at approximately 50-55 mph the fifth gear will pop into neutral intermittently which could result in an accident. Dealer cannot determine defect.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

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