NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems

1998 Isuzu Rodeo (Page 1 of 9)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
51 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,611 miles

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo brakes problems

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1998 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #161

Jul 102009


  • 105,000 miles


I bought a 1998 2wd Isuzu Rodeo from a private party six months ago. Since I bought it, I have been experiencing a loss of braking capability in some circumstance (every day, mainly when the engine is cold) that resulted in extended stopping distances and continuous illumination of the ABS warning lamp. My garage mechanic told me this issue is due to the ABS coil integrated module that needs to be replaced and that there is a recall on it for 1998-1999 Isuzu Rodeo vehicles (campaign no. 02I-002, campaign bulletin SB03-09-S001D, NHTSA campaign id number: 02I002000). I called two Isuzu dealers but they told me there are no open recalls for my vehicle VIN#. I don't understand why my 1998 Isuzu Rodeo is not included in this recall.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #160

Sep 142007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 iszuzu Rodeo.

- Hillsboro, TN, USA

problem #159

May 012004

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo. Approximately three years ago, the contact received a recall notice for her antilock brake system. The mechanic would not perform the repair and stated that she needed to have her carburetor replaced. The repair would cost $2,000. The contact stated that she was involved in a crash approximately one year ago because her brakes locked. As a result, she crashed into the preceding vehicle while traveling 35 mph. The woman she struck stated that her neck was injured, but she did not file a claim. The contact's insurance Agency paid for the damages. The contact had to get her vehicle totally rebuilt. A police report was filed. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 95,000 and failure mileage was 70,000.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #158

Mar 262006

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Received recall notice for 98 Isuzu Rodeo contacted bell Isuzu was told the part was not available at the time called back several times, was pulling in driveway brakes went all the way to the floor smashed into bedroom of roommate. Called Isuzu they replaced part then said it had nothing to do with my brakes. Said they tested my brake fluid it was contaminated, and that I needed a new master cylinder. The part replaced directly affected the ABS brake system from working properly they believe its not failure from this ABS module, aligortham thank you for your time.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #157

Nov 032005

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,905 miles
Thecontact was driving on the freeway and had blow out. She applied the brakes which were under manufacturer's recal 02I-002. There where no brakes. This resulted in a crash. The contact sustained injuries.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #156

Oct 282005

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
The contact received recall 02I002000 last week. He called the dealership to set up an appointment to have the recall repairs done. After waiting a long time the dealership informed him that the parts were not available. The dealership told him to stay there until the truck arrived with the parts on it. Finally, the dealership told him there was no truck coming with the parts on it. The contact's vehicle experiencing extended stopping distances in certain braking conditions as described in the recall, and was concerned about driving the car. The dealership did not offer him a rental car. The contact lived at least 50 miles away from the dealership.

- Whitestone, VA, USA

problem #155

Dec 132003

Rodeo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,549 miles


The contact received a manufacturer's recall 021-002 concerning ABS brakes. When she contacted the dealer, they said they did not have the part. Later, she scheduled an appointment and had to cancel it. When she called to reschedule the appointment they told her they had the part. Before the appointment they had to reorder the part. Before the repair could be made she was involved in an accident because of ABS. Failure. The contact was backing out of her driveway when the vehicle crashed into a fence. The contact sustained a, fracture D disc, and the root of her front tooth broke. There are medical records for the injuries. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer said they would send someone to inspect the vehicle and did not do it.

- Woodacre, CA, USA

problem #154

Jul 152005

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
The consumer complained about an ABS brake problem. The brakes did not hold. The ABS light came on since June of 2005. On July 15, 2005 the brakes failed, causing consumer's vehicle to lightly hit another vehicle. No police report was taken.. when she took vehicle to the dealership, they cleaned the ABS sensor because it was corroded. The ABS light went off, and the brakes worked fine until September 29. 2005, and it almost caused another accident. After she took it to the dealer to be checked again, they said that it was a problem with the ABS.

- Coal Township, PA, USA

problem #153

Jul 282005

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
My elderly father was driving the 1998 Isuzu Rodeo on I-78 West bound when the breaks failed. My father said it was as if the ABS came on and prevented the brakes from working. The brake faliur resulted in a collision with the the car infront twice. At the time no injuries were reported however my father has experienced pain in his shoulders. After investigating how the brakes could fail on the internet I came to learn that this particular model of Isuzu Rodeo had been recalled due to ABS brake faliur. This was the way I came to learn of the recall. To this date Isuzu has never contacted me regarding this recall. I have made mulitple attempts to contact clode at Isuzu customer relations his phone number is 1800 255 6727 ext 7417. We have exchanged phone messages but have not bee able to speak. I wish clode would make an effort to reach me. We made an appointment with buhler Isuzu at vall homes NJ to have the problem resolved. We took the car to this dealer today however they are unable to repair it due to lack of proper equipment on their part. I am filing this comlaint after making multiple good faith attempts to resolve this problem. I am hearby making it known that I will no longer be responisble for any consequences after this automobile leaves buhler Isuzu with or with out the said repairs. The court date for this accident is on Sept 22 05.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #152

Apr 012003


  • miles
Nar 04/07/2003 mr the consumer was involved in 2 accidents within a six month period. In both cases the consumer was unable to stop at a reasonable distance which lead to both accidents. The consumer did receive a recall regarding the ABS.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #151

Nov 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,159 miles


While driving 50 mph a deer jumped out into the street consumer attempted to stop and brakes failed. Vehicle collided with the deer, dragging it about 1500 feet. No report of airbag deployment. No injuries reported.

- Lansford, PA, USA

problem #150

Dec 202003

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,310 miles
When the brakes are applied it has a relatively long stopping distance compared to other vehicles. Fortunately Isuzu launched a recall campaign to address the problem and the ABS module was replaced but the problem is persists. I wrote to the manufacturer informing them of the problem but I have heard from them since then.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #149

Sep 192004

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Failure of ABS brake system, even though dealer fixed the problem via recall; fuel leak at hose and fuel pump connection; failure of fuel sending unit and fuel gauge.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #148

Sep 102004

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer received NHTSA recall: 02I002000 concerning ABS brakes. After having the computer replaced for the ABS, and while driving 25 mph ABS light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Vehicle was taken back to the dealer for inspection. The cause had not been determined.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #147

Aug 312004


  • 74,000 miles
After ABS recall 02I002000 repairs were performed the brake pedal went to the floor when depressed, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealership indicated that the recall part failed.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #146

Jan 272003

(reported on)

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Defective ABS system which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs but they didn't have the parts available.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #145

Jul 232004

(reported on)


  • miles
Problems with ABS system on 1998 Isuzu Rodeo. The ABS light illuminated and stayed on. The consumer received a recall notice for the ABS (02I-002) and took the vehicle to the dealer to be repaired. When the consumer picked the vehicle up she noticed that the ABS light was still on. The dealer failed to give the consumer an invoice indicating what was repaired/replaced. The consumer contacted the dealer who informed her that there was probably some other problem with the system and to bring the vehicle in for service. The consumer feels the problem should have been repaired the first time.

- Laureldale, PA, USA

problem #144

Jan 192004

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 110,467 miles
After recall repairs were done, the ABS light remained on. When the consumer asked why the light was still on the service rep said that the problem was with the sensors. The consumer refused additional work. Months later the vehicle's brakes squeaked so bad that an independent shop refused to do the vehicle's state inspection. The consumer attributes the persistent squeaking with the initial ABS safety recall 021-002. The consumer request that the manufacturer repair the sensors.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #143

Mar 152004


  • miles
Consumer stated that she received a recall note on ABS brake failure in October 2003, and each time she called the Isuzu dealer they tell her they still did not have the parts. Dealer promised that they will call her back once parts arrived, but they never did so. Consumer did not remember name, address or telephone number of this particular dealer. Consumer indicated that she did not have any brake problem, but did want the recall taken care off.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #142

Jan 212004

(reported on)


  • 60,517 miles
After having ABS recall 02I002000 repairs done vehicle experienced brake failure, resulting in extended stopping distance. This only occurred while driving on snow or wet surfaces.

- Ridge, NY, USA

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