NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,740 miles

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2003 Isuzu Ascender electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Isuzu Ascender Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 272005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,480 miles


My husband and I switched vehicles and he drove my vehicle to work. When he came out of work, the vehicle would not start. I called the dealership and had it towed the next day. The problem was diagnosed as a faulty ignition switch. They replaced it a few days ago. Now, it is slow to turn over or I have to turn the switch 2+ times to get it to start. I have an appointment for two days from now. Looking at the Envoy and trailblazer records (same vehicle as Ascender), this seems to be a common problem. Are there any plans for a recall?

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 062003

Ascender 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The headlights dim 2 - 3 times daily while driving. The day time running light is on when this occurs. On 3 separate occasions headlights totally went out for a short period of time before coming back on. Dealership replaced the ignition switch, alternator, and battery an attempt to correct the failure. However, the failure recurred. Manufacturer refused to do any more repairs unless the dealership was able to duplicate the problem.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

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