NHTSA — Structure: Body Problems

2001 Isuzu Rodeo (Page 1 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,686 miles

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

May 122016


  • miles


Vehicle frame is completely rusted out. Can put my entire fist through it. I had a mechanic look at it and said the vehicle should not be driven as a safety precaution. Had Isuzu do the recall a few years ago and I don't know how they didn't buy back this vehicle. Vehicle has 78K miles on it and in pristine shape other than the frame. I dont know how they have not been sued for this.

- Montgomery Village, MD, USA

problem #26

Oct 152014


  • miles
Takata recall for a frame problem.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #25

Sep 212015


  • 142,169 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle jerked. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the subframe had severely rusted and caused the rear of the frame to separate. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 142,169.

- Salyerville, KY, USA

problem #24

Apr 032015


  • 165,400 miles


My friend [xxx] and I were returning home from shopping in town. Hit a small pothole on spring street in vernon, ct about 5 pm. Took a left turn down a hill and heard scraping sound outside the car.I pulled over and stopped the vehicle, engaged the emergency brake and examined the wheels. The rear left tire was scraping against the mud guard. I was within.2 mi. From home and drove there slowly and carefully and parked the vehicle. On closer inspection we discovered that the shock/strut had separated from the frame, and that both parts were badly rusted. Since the left rear wheel is not safely connected to the frame, my steering was affected, especially when braking. Thank god this did not happen at high speed on the highway or involve injuries or an accident. My blind wife and I are both disabled on ssd and do not have the means to fix or replace this vehicle. Other than this incident, the vehicle is in great condition. Please help us get our safe transportation resolved. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #23

Feb 102015


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the vehicle back frame was completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician deemed the vehicle unsafe. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000.

- Floral City, FL, USA

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problem #22

Sep 142012


  • 13,600 miles
Left rear frame rusted through evidentially the person new of the problem now I have no title and they stole my trade of a 95 Lexus GS300.

- Warrenton , MO, USA

problem #21

Jul 142014


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated the entire sub frame had excessively corroded. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic, who stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Inverness, IL, USA

problem #20

Jun 092014


  • 100,910 miles
I was pulling into a parking lot when I heard a popping sound and then the sound of something dragging. I looked under the car and the gas tank shield fell off and it was dragging. I pulled it off and many large pieces of rust fell off of the Rodeo. I noticed that the frame was extremely rusting. I was able to poke my finger through the frame in many places. The car is now parked in my garage as it is unsafe to drive. I cannot believe that Isuzu has not been forced to recall all of these vehicles. I feel that there should be a class action lawsuit related to the use of laminated steel for the construction of the frames and the related corrosion problems.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #19

Apr 062014


  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated while replacing the shocks he noticed that the frame was completely corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 121,000.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #18

Mar 132014


  • miles
I was turning onto a street. The street was covered in oil or some type of slick element. I skidded and fell into a ditch. My airbag did not deploy.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #17

Nov 302011

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 76,385 miles


2001 Isuzu rode frame rust issue: The 2010-2011 recall for rusted rear suspension components did not go far enough. The entire under carriage is rusting away on these vehicles - unlike anything I have ever seen before. NHTSA needs to re-open this recall campaign and get these vehicles off the road with a forced buy-back by Isuzu. The remainder of the vehicle is in relatively good shape for a 12 year old vehicle with only 76,000 miles. The same vehicles with this mileage but without the rust issues have a resale value of $5,000 or more, while the rusted ones are worthless and dangerous. Isuzu needs to buy these back.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #16

Nov 012011

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 156,328 miles
I own a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo ls 4X4. Unaware of any problems until we received a recall notice in 2011 that because we lived within a state which was considered in the snow/salt belt region of our country where salt is used. The salt caused excessive corrosion to the control brackets behind the rear wheels of our car. We needed to have new support brackets installed and a rustproofing spray applied to our car. We had the recall work done which was a #3 repair on 12/2/2011. We thought the dangerous situation was resolved until we recently brought our car in for service and were told by the mechanic that the entire frame was rusted through in many spots and literally crumbling when you touch it. The car is going to fall right off the frame. They said the car was unsafe to drive anymore. We trusted them as they had nothing to gain by informing us of the situation. We had a different mechanic look at it and they told us the exact same thing, I contacted Isuzu to report the issue and I was treated very rudely and the consumer support person was very defensive which made me wonder if alot of people were having similar issues? while online, I found thousand of complaints, all with the same exact issue for this year of Isuzu. The Isuzu representative said they are only responsible to fix the parts that were recalled and nothing else even though he admitted to bigger corrosion complaints such as mine. I then asked what they intended to do about this highly dangerous situation and he rudely said that Isuzu isn't responsible! I couldn't believe it. I guess because they no longer have any dealerships open, they don't care about their customers. After reading other complaints, there have been alot of people driving when the car did fall off the frame and caused them to swerve at high speeds. There needs to be a class action lawsuit started asap before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 202012


  • 150,000 miles
I was driving on the road at around 35 - I heard a very load thump from around the rear drivers side back tire they car started swerving all over the road. I could barely get it to the side of the road. My son came and was able to nurse it to my husbands house that wasn't that far. The next day my sons put the car on the jack stands thinking maybe the strut came off. When they got under the car the found that the frame of the car had rusted through. When I had looked the car up on line to see if there were any problems with the car in regards to that issue I did find a recall on the rust issue. I started calling the number and left several messages. I finally got through on January the 5th and they tell me that it had closed but if I wanted to get it to an Isuzu dealer at my cost that is over 2 hours away and pay for the test they may be able to do something or go after the person because they may have known. I feel this was a serious safety defect in the vehicle and should be taken care of. I loved my car and now have no transportation. There was nothing wrong with any other part of the vehicle and I am grateful I wasn't on the highway and that none of my other children were driving it at the time.

- Georgetown, OH, USA

problem #14

Nov 262012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • miles
Frame of Isuzu Rodeo is rusted and rotten.. mechanics stated..gas tank is detached..shocks only thing holding Isuzu Rodeo up by an inch..non repairable.. non fixable and not safe to drive..repair was not able to be made..due to the condition of rusted frame and all off the above..not able to pass emissions..every part under vehicle rusted and falling apart..Isuzu well aware...we have complained direct to Isuzu company..we were directed to an official Isuzu mechanic..they could not believe what they saw..there after we were referred by mechanic to direct Isuzu company..we where told..there is a recall for a rusted bracket only..but the whole frame is rotten, rusted, non fixable, unsafe according to Isuzu mechanic..

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #13

Oct 232012


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the frame of the vehicle was severely rusted and the vehicle could not be driven. The vehicle was taken to several independent mechanics and the contact was told by each mechanic that the vehicle was beyond repair. The manufacturer was notified and advised that they had no control over the type of chemicals used on the roads that would contribute to rusting of the frame. The manufacturer also stressed that they were unable to predict the rust factor of the vehicle and offered no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 84,000.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #12

Mar 012010


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the frame of the vehicle was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where it was confirmed that the frame was severely rusted, making the vehicle too unsafe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 145,000.

- Arcata, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 202012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
I bought my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo new. I received a recall notice in 2010 about the suspension brackets in the rear having a rust problem. I had the recall inspection done and the Isuzu service center told me that the vehicle was fine and they applied some rust inhibitor. I took my vehicle to a repair shop in Aug 2012 for brake work and they informed me that the frame of the vehicle directly in front and behind the rear wheels was almost completely rusted with numerous rust holes in the frame. The frame was so rusted in numerous spots that you could push your finger through the frame and it would crumble under the pressure. I called Isuzu and they advised me to take it to an authorized service center they directed me to. At this center I was told that my rust was considered a level 3 incident. Isuzu told the repair shop to do a level 3 fix. That included putting larger suspension brackets on and coating the rust with a rust inhibitor. They stated that the frame rust was not covered under the recall, only the brackets. They acknowledged that there were frame issues for these models but their responsibility was only for the suspension brackets. This vehicle is undrivable in it's present condition with almost no strength left in the rear frame. I will have to spend thousands of dollars to have metal welded to the rear of the vehicle to strengthen it and to make it safe enough to drive. A vehicle produced in 2001 should not have this much rust damage to the frame. This was obviously a manufacturing defect that Isuzu even acknowledges but they are refusing to accept monetary responsibility for their defect. These cars need to be bought back from the customer for market value of a vehicle of this age and type. Please help the thousands of Isuzu Rodeo owners out there like me who have lost the use of their vehicle through no fault of their own. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #10

May 092012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that while changing the rear driver's side tire, she discovered that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that the vehicle was not under recall. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Okemons, MI, USA

problem #9

Sep 012010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 133,740 miles
I own a Isuzu Rodeo 2001 and the cars frame is totally rusted out, while driving home from memphis Tennessee, I felt stability problem especially when I accelerate and brake, the stability problem became more stronger so I decided to pull over off the highway to see what's going on then suddenly I loose control of the vehicle, the drivers rear stabilizer bar and bracket came off from the frame due to severely corroded /rusted frame. Thank god it didn't happen when we are still in memphis highway where the speed is 70 in a 4 or 5 lane highway. Me and my wife were afraid thinking the end is here leaving our son alone, so I ended up calling a tow to bring it home which cost me 250 dollars. I have the bracket attached to the frame again by the welder but he said the rust is so bad that it might detached again someday. I got the recall letter from Isuzu and my Rodeo was towed to the dealer nearest to me free of charge to try to fix the problem which is only the stabilizer bracket attachment to the frame. What about the frame"?" now im waiting a call from the dealer to see what's going to happen.

- Macomb, IL, USA

problem #8

Jan 302011


  • 110,000 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo suspension arm fell off while driving causing us to go off the road, had to have towed home 30 miles. Next day had towed to recall approved garage, told me everything was very rusted. Now waiting to hear back from Isuzu after three days of them having the photos of my car.

- Bloomsburg, PA, USA

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