NHTSA — Structure Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,647 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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1998 Isuzu Rodeo body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 012014

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 137,450 miles


As I was driving the vehicle down the road the spare tire and trailer hitch fell off from underneath the vehicle almost causing a huge accident. Upon inspecting the under body of the vehicle I observed the rear frame totally rusted off and missing. The rest of the frame is badly rusted also. I just purchased the vehicle and did not know of the rotted frame issue on these cars. Please help as I don't have money to buy another car.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 042011

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 125,787 miles
I have a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo, currently under recall for a failing mounting point bracket on the rear suspension lower link due to excessive corrosion. Under the recall, I qualify to have a reinforcement bracket installed, however the inspection has revealed a deeper issue of extensive and unrepairable frame corrosion. This is not being addressed by the current recall and must be addressed immediately. This vehicle is not safe to operate. It will not pass inspection. Driving it will likely result in an accident and possibly death to the occupants.

- Middleton, NH, USA

problem #3

Jan 242011

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Frame is completely rotted out. Brought in for recall on brackets and the dealer, referred to me by the Isuzu web site, sent me on my way without warning me of any problems. The next week, my mechanic said it was unsafe to drive and said it looked like it was driven in salt water for a year. I understand things wear out over time, but the structure of the vehicle needs to be strong and last more than 10 years. They are still selling these vehicles at dealerships without warning potential customers of their issues. This to me is a big problem and needs to be resolved before anyone gets hurt. I have two small children and would not drive them in this vehicle, but some people do not have the means to get around some other way. Toyota bought their frames from the same manufacturer that provided Honda and Isuzu with their frames and they offered to buy them all back, realizing that there was a problem. They recently just settled with that manufacturer for the faulty frames. This needs to be addressed swiftly and not by a voluntary recall issued by the company to try to appease or stall a consumer protection Agency.

- North Dighton, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 161999

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Isuzu Rodeo experienced brake failure. The brakes were intermittent. The brake pedal would go to the floor and lock up. A few days later the ABS light had come on. The problem was diagnosed as a rear brake sensor and was replaced. The molding on the driver door was loose, the latch on the console had broken, the sunvisor on the passenger side had fallen down, and the center caps on the front wheels had pitted. The consumer requested a buy back and or trade in.

- Glasgow, KY, USA

problem #1

Sep 081999

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling on the freeway at 80 mph, a loud vibration noise was emitted that lasted for 5-6 seconds.

- Culver City, CA, USA

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