NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members Problems

2001 Isuzu Rodeo (Page 5 of 9)


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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,066 miles

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments (Page 5 of 9)

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problem #81

Sep 282008

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


I own a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. I have an ongoing problem with the frame of the vehicle, it is rotting away. The frame cracked in late 2008 and had to be repaired, with a cost to me. When the frame broke the car was very difficult to control, which puts people's lives in danger. The car was towed to my repair shop where it was welded at my expense. That has compromised the strength of the frame. It since has needed to be welded an additional time, the most recent, last month. My car repairman has stated that this frame will need to be welded once again in the near future as there are several other weak areas. I understand that this is a widespread serious problem with specific model years of the Isuzu Rodeo.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #80

Sep 252008


  • miles
I own a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. I have an ongoing problem with the frame of the vehicle, it is rotting away. The frame cracked in late 2008 as I was driving my family, it was a very harrowing experience. I had to have it repaired. That has compromised the strength of the frame. It since has needed to be welded an additional time, the most recent, last month. My car repairman has stated that this frame will need to be welded once again in the near future as there are several other weak areas. The frame is completely rotting away. The car is garaged all day and has been since purchase. It is very rarely out in the elements. I understand that this is a widespread serious problem with specific model years of the Isuzu Rodeo--this is completely unsafe.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #79

Apr 022010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
My 2001 Isuzu Rodeo has extensive frame rust. In contacting other owners of Isuzu Rodeos around the same model/year, I have discovered the problem is widespread throughout the country. Other owners have experienced significant damage and I do not want to jeopardize my family's safety.

- Somersworth, NH, USA

problem #78

Jun 222010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 111,658 miles


When I applied the brakes the left rear of the vehicle drifted out into traffic. The left trailing arm had disconnected from the frame.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #77

Jun 122008

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
I was driving my Isuzu Rodeo from the store and when I turned the corner I lost control of the rear end! I pulled over and looked under my car and realized my frame was rusted out. My car has been sitting for 2 years and I was told it cannot be repaired!!!

- Merrimac, MA, USA

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problem #76

Jul 012010

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The sway bar of the rear wheel at the driver side of my Isuzu Rodeo 2001 felt off of the frame without a warning. After a close inspection I discovered that this was due to a severe corrosion of the frame. The accident happened up on entering in a parking lot. Due to the low speed I managed to stop promptly. I believe that if this had happened on a busy street there might have been more severe consequences.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #75

Jun 212010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 111,280 miles


I drive a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo 4X4. It has approximately 111,000 miles on it and is in great shape. It is garaged year-round in taunton Massachusetts. On Monday June 21, 2010 I was driving home from work on route 44 in rehoboth Massachusetts. I started hearing a grinding noise and pulled over to the side of the road. Upon looking under my vehicle I was shocked to find the shield that covers the plastic gas tank was rotted through. The entire bottom of the gas tank is now visible and the shield is the part that holds it in place. I went to a mechanic immediately and had the car looked at. When the mechanic put the car on the lift he saw extensive rust and some rot under the vehicle on the frame. He stated that I would be lucky to get 2 more years of use out of the Rodeo before it would be totally rotted out. As of right now it is unsafe to drive due to the gas tanks shield being rotted out. The mechanic tried to order me a replacement but his supplier said the parts are no longer being made. The only way I could get one would be from a junk yard and most of the parts in there would most likely be rotted as well. I have two children, ages 12 and 8 ; I do not feel that I should have to drive them around in this car and feel wronged by Isuzu. I would like to file this complaint against them and expect a resolution as soon as possible. I would be perfectly happy getting the car fixed, but I do not want to wait months for that to happen. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #74

Jun 152010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo:extreme premature rust damage to frame of my Isuzu Rodeo lse which almost killed myself as well as 3 other individuals. We should have received a recall or at least a warning as a courtesy! its only peoples lives that are at stake, and I am looking for some kind of retribution from Honda/Isuzu before I hire an attorney. Please hold those whom are responsible for this to the morality and ethics this country was founded and based upon. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Newcreek , WV, USA

problem #73

Jun 142010


  • 125,000 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo - frame completely rotten. Stabilizer bars in rear of truck completely separated from frame when driving almost got into an accident when vehicle went out of control....was able to slow down and pull over. I had the truck towed to a welder he laughed and said there is nothing that can be done and it is not drivable as it is a safety risk. He also said that he has seen many of the Isuzu and Honda's with this same problem....body and everything else are in perfect working order no rust or anything but truck is a loss due to faulty frame. Only 125000 miles on truck. Why has this well known issue (according to all of these complaints) been ignored and not recalled for this long"?" please help. I just had to buy a new vehicle for no reason other than a rotten frame! Isuzu should be held responsible for this!

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #72

Mar 052010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 186,153 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo started to shake in the back end - then swerve on the hwy. Pulled over and noticed a crack in the frame - where it was rusted out. I've dealer maintained the vehicle since new and to look at the truck - there is no rust or issues...so was surprised when the frame would separate the way it did.

- Whitby, 00, USA

problem #71

Jun 132010


  • 107,000 miles


Went to sell vehicle and was informed that there was a serious rust problem with Isuzu Rodeos and Honda passports of frames rusting out! well we checked my frame and it was rusting out over the rear trailing arm and I think it is dangerous! the mileage is 107,000.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #70

Jun 042010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 105,305 miles
I own a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo ls, I brought it in a service station for routine maintenance, and they informed me that the entire steel frame of my SUV was severely rotted, to the point where I was told not to drive it. I brought it to a frame specialist ( auto rust technicians 275 niantic ave cranston ri ) they told us it is very common for Isuzu frame to rot out, they have been repairing quite a few of them, the cost to repair is apprx. $2000 dollars, and they also told me not to drive itfor safety reasons, the suspension would brake off the frame or the steering box would fall off the frame, either way it could lead to a deadly accident. Also the repair would only last 3 to 5 years because of the boxed type frame, which rots from the inside out.

- Chepachet , RI, USA

problem #69

Jun 042010


  • 92,000 miles
Vehicle became very unstable while driving. After hearing noise from left rear, it was discovered that the left rear lower control arm had become detached from the frame rail. The mounting bracket pulled away from the rusted frame, leaving a gaping hole in the frame. Vehicle is not drivable and does not appear to be repairable.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #68

May 062009

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 103,351 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo rotted frame. Purchased used Isuzu Rodeo in late 2008. Found that entire frame was rotted and that it had actually broken in half. Both sides of frame were broken by rear tire where suspension arm attaches. Had to have extensive metal and welding work done to reattach and make drivable. Repair person said it was a temporary fix and would eventually let go again due extensive rusting around it and elsewhere on the frame. These vehicles are not safe and should be recalled!

- Westminster, MA, USA

problem #67

Mar 242010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. While having it in for inspection, my mechanic told me the rear frame had rusted through. After looking at online forums and talking to a friend who is a mechanic this seems to be a common problem for this car maker. This car is only 9 years old.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #66

Apr 072010


  • 130,000 miles
While driving my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo the rear started to sway. I pulled over only to find the entire back of my cars rear axel rusted and hanging. I was very luck I was on a back road going only 25 and not on the highway. This car is undriveable. The entire undercarriage is completely rusted.

- Ashland, MA, USA

problem #65

May 042010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo left sway bar mounting bracket broke from the frame.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #64

Mar 042010


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 20 mph, the rear axle fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to his residence and upon further inspection the contact found that the frame had severe corrosion and rust, which caused the rear axle failure. The vehicle had not yet been repaired or inspected by the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 102,000.

- Holton, MA, USA

problem #63

Apr 172009


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the under carriage frame of the vehicle was rusted. The vehicle was not inspected by a mechanic. The contact stated she was aware of a recent investigation of the frame rust (NHTSA action number EA09018: Suspension: Rear) but a decision was not yet reached. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 95,000.

- North Redding, MA, USA

problem #62

Apr 122010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
In April of 2010, I was driving my Isuzu Rodeo on a major highway in Massachusetts when suddenly, I felt as if I had no control of the vehicle. It felt like I had a flat tire in the rear and no wheel control. At the time, I was exiting the highway, traveling approximately 30-40 mph. I was able to safely pull over and had my truck towed. A few days later, my mechanic informed me that my truck was a total loss because my frame had rusted away almost completely and snapped in two. It was a 2001 four wheel drive with 109,000 miles, which is considered low. The truck was very well taken care of and was never involved in anything other than a minor accident with slight damage to the rear bumper. There was no rust at all anywhere on the vehicle. I was asked if my truck had been submerged in salt water (no) because mechanic and insurance company could not explain a frame rusting away and cracking in two. After seeing an investigative report on my local channel 5 news station I decided to report this. It explained that many other Isuzu owners had lost their vehicles because of this apparent mechanic issue where frames are deteriorating much too soon on these vehicles.

- Braintree, MA, USA

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