NHTSA — Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,825 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.

2004 Isuzu Axiom engine problems

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2004 Isuzu Axiom Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 232013


  • 86,000 miles


While driving on a city street, vehicle completely lost power and came to a complete stop blocking traffic. Shop ultimately diagnosed the problem as the bolt holding the crankshaft sheared off, destroying an engine head in the process. This shop specializes in working with Japanese engines and said "there are reports of this happening all over the country" with this make/model/year. Shop said the bolt isn't of high enough quality to support long-term use and now recommends replacing the bolt every 80,000 miles. Total repair cost more than $2000.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Mar 162015


  • 106,000 miles
Car was diagnosed code P0602 ECM programming error. Vehicle died in hwy in minutes, all lights suddenly came "on" check engine, transmission, reduced power and car is dead. Thanks god no cars around me on busy hwy. Paid $$$$ for towing.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 222015

Axiom 4WD 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The car was being pulled into the garage and the brake had been applied. The engine accelerated uncontrollably and the car sped up hitting the main support for the house and damaging the vehicle.

- Willowbrook, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 262013

Axiom 6-cyl

  • 97,300 miles
PCM or powertrain control module error. Obd2 code P0602. As a result was shut off vehicle's all power, all dash light icons were on suddenly. First ABS and then air bag, brake, battery, check engine etc. Vehicle was died in seconds right in the middle of busy highway I-80!! it was horrible. No problem was occurred before. Isuzu company has to be responsible for this. Full maintenance for this car was performed on time as required via Isuzu Axiom manual. I have all records. Several mechanics told me that all Isuzu have a similar problem with powertrain control module.

- Napa, CA, USA

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