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NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,552 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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2002 Isuzu Rodeo body / paint problems

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2002 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 222011


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns 2002 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated recall repairs were performed regarding NHTSA campaign id number 10V436000 (suspension:rear). He took his vehicle through state inspection and was advised him that there were holes in his frame and that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was notified and advised him that they previously performed the recall repair. The failure and current mileage was approximately 35,000.

- Sudbury, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 172011


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the frame was rusted. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the rust was on the trailing arm of the rear suspension. Tehre were no repairs. The current mileage was 73,000.

- Mahaffey, PA, USA

problem #6

May 052011

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 56,890 miles
I own a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo. It only has 56,890 miles and should have plenty of life left in it. I took it into the local Isuzu service center for the recent safey recall. They installed the bracket kit per the recall. However, while installing the brackets, they discovered huge holes in the frame and said it is not safe to drive. There is no way a frame on a vehicle should deteriote this bad in only 9 years. I have owned vehicles that were 25 years old and operated in this same location (winters with salt usage on the roads) and never had a frame rust like the one on this 2002 Rodeo. The vehicle is now useless. I either have to scrap it or spend a fortune to replace the frame. Isusu should be responsible for a remedy. Had I not taken it in for the recall, I would not have known how bad of condition the frame was in. If it breaks while driving, someone could get seirously hurt or killled. If the bracket kit does not remedy the safety of the frame, Isuzu should be responsible for doing what it takes to make it safe. If it means replacing the faulty frame or compensating the owner for the loss in vehicle value, they should be required to do so.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 072011

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


On April 7th 2011 my 2002 Isuzu Rodeo lost control on I290 expressway due to a rotted rear frame. I was able to slow the SUV down without incident. I contacted Isuzu corporate after doing some research, they instructed me to not drive the car and have it towed to the dealer for inspection.

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 112011


  • 125,240 miles
The rear anti-sway bar on my 2002 Isuzu Rodeo has detached from theframe on one side causing the rear of the vehicle to sway dangerously from side to side. I had just brought the car in for the recall for frame corrosion and the dealership told me the area specified by the recall was fine and it was. They failed to tell me that the anti-sway bar was seriously corroded and becoming detached on one side. While I was driving home it did become detached and the vehicle fishtailed several times. I had just gotten off the interstate, I don't know what would have happened if I'd still been on the highway and traveling at highway speeds. I believe I would have lost control of the vehicle. The dealership informed me that the anti-sway bar and the section of the frame that it became detached from which is seriously corroded, are not part of the recall so they will not repair it. Numerous calls to Isuzu have brought no call backs or response of any kind. The dealership sent me home in an unsafe vehicle and Isuzu refuses to acknowledge the fact that the frame on my car rotted away years before it should have.

- Hanover, MA, USA

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problem #3

Mar 112011

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 125,285 miles
A recall was issued on my 2002 Isuzu Rodeo for rust on the frame. I brought the car in and the one small area affected by the recall was fine, unfortunately, several other places on the frame were rusted through and Isuzu doesn't want to hear about those so the dealer didn't address them. The car is unsafe to drive, I almost lost control several times driving it home from the recall appointment because they didn't fix the real problems with the frame. So now I'm stuck with a car that is unsafe to drive and a manufacturer who doesn't care and won't do anything about it.

- Hanover, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 042010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
While driving my daughter to the local pool on July 4th weekend in my 2002 Isuzu Rodeo I noticed when I came to a stop that I felt movement in the rear of the car that I thought was coming from the rear end. Continuing down the road all of a sudden I heard this scraping noise and started to slow down because the car seemed to be pulling me off the road. The scraping noise was the rear tire rubbing in the wheel well. Called my friend to have the car towed. Upon further inspection it was revealed that the control arm for the rear end had broken off the frame. The bracket that the control arm bolts to had rusted off the frame. The frame is rusty all in that area.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 182009


  • 97,000 miles
The control arm on the left driver's side rear broke off from the frame while I was driving over a speed bump at approximately 3 M/P/H. this was on a macadam road and I knew the speed bump was there. I ended up getting the vehicle towed. I contacted my insurance company. Eventually, after analysis, the insurance company told me the entire frame is rotted beyond repair. Further, they stated that the incident could not have possibly caused all the frame damage. Vehicle is a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S. I am the original owner. Vehicle is garage kept. 97,000 miles on vehicle. No warning at all that this would occur.

- New Philadelphia, PA, USA

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