NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members: Underbody Shields Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,167 miles

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 182014

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 139,000 miles


Had my oil changed & asked my mechanic to check the frame as it had a previous recall on it. Following is description from mechanics invoice: "frame is weak on left side from recall repair to rear bumper. On right side in the wheel well area both sides look ok where rear axle hooks to frame:" The body is in good condition with very little rust. In the event of a rear end collision it could be very serious as numerous places in frame you can poke your finger through. Back to my complaint:this is very disappointing to me as I really like my Rodeo & have had no other real issues with it. I drive my grandchildren to school everyday & haul them around on numerous occasions & this makes me very nervous that the vehicle could be unsafe! clearly there is a defect in the frame because it makes no sense that the body is in such good shape & the frame is falling apart.

- Muscoda, WI, USA

problem #11

Jan 182014

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Frame is extremely corroded behind the rear axle. So extensive that I do not want to drive it. I had it towed to Isuzu repair shop over a year ago under the recall. They sprayed the control arms in front of the rear axle with a rust inhibitor. At that time I asked about the rear of the frame as it had many holes in it. I was told it was not covered. I took the spare tire off to change a tire the other day and looking up I noticed that the frame is literally missing in the rear on both sides. I do not know what is holding the rear of the vehicle on.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #10

Aug 202013


  • 85,600 miles
The frame attached to the rear stabilizer bar decayed off. After investigation the whole frame is disintegrate beyond repairs.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #9

Feb 192013

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 14,400 miles


We own a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo with 144000 miles on it. We received a recall notice for excessive rust on rear suspension. We had the Isuzu dealer complete the recall work of installing stabilizer brackets, is was due to the excessive amount of rust. However, we were never informed of any additional rust throughout the rest of the frame in the front and back. Today, we had the Rodeo in to have a new starter put in and the mechanic tell us that the car is not safe to drive. This is my son's car and he is in college and does not have a way of getting to class, any longer.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #8

Feb 192013

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 144,000 miles
Have own our isuze Rodeo for four years. We received the rust recall back in 2010 and had the recall work performed. The isuze dealer installed the stabilizing brackets on the rear suspension, due to the excessive amount of rust. Now, today as I am paying a mechanic for a new starter, he informs me the there are large holes in the front and back part of the frame. He also said it was unsafe to drive. The isuze dealer never told us about the excessive rust on the vehicle when the recall work was performed.this is my kids car and I won't alow them to drive it anymore.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

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problem #7

May 012012

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that there was a noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop, where they stated that the front and rear tie rods and wheel bearings were defective. The mechanic also discovered that the underbody of the frame was corroded, especially on the driver's side. The mechanic refused to make any repairs. The failure was related to the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V436000 (suspension: Rear); however the manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included. The approximate failure and current mileages were 117,000. Updated 8/23/12 the consumer stated there was a slow leak on the front passenger side tire. There was also a slow leak on the rear driver's side tire since the purchase of the vehicle. Updated 09/06/2012

- Mattapan, MA, USA

problem #6

May 102012

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Truck is well taken care of and the frame is rotted so bad that it is unrepairable, trailing arms rotted off, dealer sprayed black paint it and called it fixed. Rear bumper not attached, spare tire carrier not attached.

- Ludlow , MA, USA

problem #5

Apr 092012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle frame on 2001 Isuzu Rodeo is badly rusted. Have maintained car well and was last inspected in August, 2011, with no problems noted. In April, 2012, vehicle was in shop for brake work when the mechanic noticed that the frame was badly rusted. Have brought the vehicle to a welding shop and have been informed that the vehicle is unsafe to drive and cannot be repaired.

- Chichester, NH, USA

problem #4

Nov 212011


  • miles
I have a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo with 100,000 miles on it. I really do not want to get rid of it but the whole car is rusting out. The other day I had a flat, the tow truck driver lifted up the car and clumps of rust fell out onto the ground. Then when the spare tire was lowered a chuck of the frame along with the chain that holds the tire up fell off the car. I have brought it to Isuzu who said that it is safe to drive, but how can it be safe if chunks of the car are falling off at all times.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 112011


  • 140,000 miles
Corrosion on the car frame. It snapped in half while driving. Thank god I wasn't on the highway yet. My 10 month old daughter and I would have been killed!!!!

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #2

Nov 092011

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • miles
The frame/chassie is so rotted with holes from the back half of the truck that it appears to be unsafe to drive.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 112010


  • miles
On Friday Feb 11,2010 @ 9:30 pm. I went to pick up my mom and my sister in my mom"S truck..these are the event that happen as I was driving her truck.. I was on the highway an I felt the car swerving from side to side, I was going about 60 mph so I took the first exit I saw as soon as I took the exit the car made a weird noise loud noise so I pulled over to the side so I got out the car to check the vehicle and everything looked fine so I when back in the car to move it and it made the loud noise again so I called for a towing truck to tow me home. When there got there the towing truck guys inspected the vehicle before towing it and noticed that the frames to my mother 2001 Isuzu Rodeo frame was rotted and the rear bar that connects to the tire to the driver side was completely snapped of I asked the tow truck driver and he said it was do to rotting and he believed it wasn't fixable he also told me that the other rear side on the passenger side is ready to snap of also. We called the dealership and they said, we never had a recall. That we had to call Isuzu company.. my mom name is [xxx] and the reason we bought the car is because my mom is handicap..she has had 3 brain surg.5 aneursyms and she is paralyze from the right side, you tell what would happen if me and my mom would had gotten to accident taken her to appts, and hospital because this car company does not care to take responsible for what is known a manufacture problem. My name is [xxx] a concern son, and very angry one at that...I know this is going fall on def ears but I guess our next step will be going to attorney if this matter is not resolved asap because my mom still has to go to her neurologist, at mass general hospital.. we are still done with my mom condition and we really depended on this car to work for us. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lawrence , MA, USA

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