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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,778 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.

2002 Isuzu Rodeo engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 012010


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled. The dealer was aware of the problem and told the contact that the ecgi harness needed to be replaced; however, the part was unavailable. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #8

Oct 052007

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Isuzu Rodeo I have numerous problems with this Isuzu. I purchased it new and I am the only driver. Vehicle wastes oil, motor heads been replaced, brakes changed several times. Transmission changed or repaired. Ignition replaced no warning lights about overheating or anything, egr changed. There are so many things I can't remember them all. Now the vehicle is making a loud popping noise sounds like from the rear door and the driver side window does not go all the way up. I think I received a lemon!

- Fairmont, NC, USA

problem #7

Jan 232007

Rodeo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Isuzu Rodeo customer states that they brought the car and engine started to smell like something was burning costing $872.71 the customer wants to be reimbursed * the consumer took her vehicle to the dealership on 3 different occasions, because she continued to experience the same problem. The consumer was advised to take the vehicle to an Isuzu dealer because the problem was still under warranty. The problem was determined to be a cracked head on the engine. The consumer wants reimbursement from the previous dealership since the problem was corrected under warranty at another dealership.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #6

Dec 152006

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


- the contact stated that she owns a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo. She purchased thevehicle in April 2005. The vehicle had an odometer reading of approximately 16000 miles at the time of purchase, and it currently has 66,000 miles. The contact stated that it is 6000 miles past the warranty. The motor seized on December 15, 2005 while driving at 65 mph, in cear weather and the road conditions were fine. The contact stated that there were no warning lights or anything that might have suggested that the engine was about to fail. The contact stated that neither Isuzu nor hoffman Ford will pay for the repair work. There have been numerous reports from Isuzu owners with the same failure.

- Hebron, CT, USA

problem #5

May 172005

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states while driving vehicle stalled. There were no signs of anything being wrong with the vehicle. The local service dealer stated the vehicle was fixed, but the vehicle stalled again.

- Mocksville, NC, USA

problem #4

Feb 182005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving on the highway the automobile suddenly lost the power. The engine oil was gone. I put slic50 with my engine oil and the engine did not burned completely. However, without slic50, the engine was completely burned and caused the accident on I-285 in atlanta.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 012003


  • miles


While driving check engine light/ back up lights, and brake lights illuminated on the dash board. The brakes became inoperable. Consumer has to press the accelerator pedal to the floor. Also, when making a turn there was a clanking noise coming from the front end. Consumer stated these problems started one year ago.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Vehicle wastes oil, motor heads been replaced, brakes changed 2 times

- Arvin, CA, USA

problem #1

May 012003

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
These incidents happened with two vehicles of the same make, model but different years. While driving at 25 mph, the consumer applied the brake pedal and felt a thumping sensation in the pedal. When the thumping occurred the brakes failed completely. On both occasions, the consumer had to ride in the shoulder to keep from colliding with other vehicles. The first incident took place when the consumer was approaching a stop sign at a normal speed she stepped on the brakes and there was a thumping under the brake pedal and the vehicle failed stop and slid partially into an intersection. The service rep stated it was from the anti-lock brake system being activated and the brakes performed as designed. Also the vehicle failed to start, the dealer found the ground harness on the alternator loose and stripped out which caused the vehicle not to start. The temperature gauge went to the red zone.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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