NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members Problems

2001 Isuzu Rodeo (Page 1 of 9)


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

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #161

Sep 032015


  • 100,712 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle suddenly swerved out of control. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed severe corrosion on the passenger side subframe and that the rear suspension link bracket failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact did not alert the manufacturer or the dealer. The failure mileage was 100,712.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #160

Aug 102012


  • 176,911 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The vehicle was taken in for inspection and was told the frame was rusted and corroded. The mechanic informed the contact that the vehicle was not safe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 176,911.

- Glen Easton, WV, USA

problem #159

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 #158

Oct 022009

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


My Isuzu was recalled for a defect in the forward mounting brackets of the rear suspension. Before I took it in for the recall, I took it to my mechanic to have new brakes. He called me to tell me that the frame was so rotted and rusted not to bother because the car was to far gone. I took it to marty's of kingston, MA.for the recall. They called to tell me that they fixed the brackets but the frame was so rotted that the car was unsafe to drive.this is totally absurd to me. They claim the recall was only on the brackets and Isuzu doesn't care if the frame is rotted.so, I had it towed to a junk yard only to be told all they would give me was $800. I just put 2 new tires on the front worth $300. I don't understand how Isuzu is getting away this. The junk yard told me that one of the new brackets put on at the dealership was right next to a big rotted hole in the frame. What does it take for them to take this seriously, someone getting killed! the Rodeo was running fine and I hadn't planned on buying a new vehicle until next year. Do I have any recourse with Isuzu? I just pray that no one gets killed with these rusted frames.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #157

Oct 012010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
Rear anti-sway bar broke almost caused my daughter to crash. I took it to a mechanic and he discovered the rear frame is severely corroded and is not safe to drive. I have dealt with Isuzu and it was hauled to an authorized dealer 110 miles away for repair. They say it has been fixed. They called it a stage 2 fix which is basically spraying a frame treatment on the inside and outside brackets. Within the bracket vincity the frame is completely rusted through and I do not feel this vehicle was rated right by the dealer, I believe it should have been a stage 4 fix. I feel this is a terrible saftey issue that Isuzu and Honda need to step up and take responsiblity for. There are over 150,000 of these vehicles on the road and they need to be taken off the road before lives are lost.

- Montville, ME, USA

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problem #156

Jul 102009


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that there was a one inch hole in the frame, which was severally corroded. The vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V436000 (suspension:rear) and was repaired. The contact stated the bracket replacement was installed on the frame but she was concerned because the frame was still corroded. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the frame was not included under the recall repairs and any repairs to the frame would be at the contact's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Durham, ME, USA

problem #155

Jun 072011


  • miles


2001 Isuzu Rodeo frame rusted to the point car will not pass state inspection.

- Bowmansville, PA, USA

problem #154

Jan 152010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Re: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo ls rusted frame to trail arm bracket can cause frame to snap at rear of vehicle causing possible loss of control if traveling highway speeds at 55-65 mph. This SUV is worthless on the market. Isuzu should be held full accountability. Also the SUV has had defective fuel gauge due to defective descending unit in gas tank which no recall was never made. Yet 1 out of every 7-8 Isuzu have this problem.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #153

Apr 142011


  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V436000 (suspension:rear). After repairs, the vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop for state inspection where the contact was informed that the vehicle was unsafe and would not pass inspection due to severe frame rust and corrosion. The vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed the vehicle was safe to drive. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 152,000. The VIN was not available.

- Grafton, MA, USA

problem #152

Apr 072011


  • 150,000 miles
My husband was leaving the house, when he pulled away the frame, not the lower link bracket broke. The bolts were still in place. The frame is so rotted he was able to push his finger through it more than a foot away from the lower link bracket. They (Isuzu) has decided to scrap my 2001 Rodeo, I bought it in October 2010, a month after the recall (which I knew nothing about and still have not received a letter of recall) for the price of $5000. This vehicle should not have been on the lot to be sold. Isuzu should have gotten them off the road. Now they are only offering $1500 for it. I am forced to take it, because I am unable to go without a car, being a 1 car family, and money is tight. I have to take this offer to pay on the car I had to go buy to replace my Rodeo, which is wonderful condition with the exception of the frame, that is not covered in this recall. The wrong parts are being recalled and we as consumers are being forced to take extremely to little for our cars.

- South Point, OH, USA

problem #151

Aug 242010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 145,440 miles


On August 24, 2010 I was making a right turn from a parking lot, I heard a very loud noise and bang from my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo pulled off to the side of road. That's when I noticed the drivers side rear control arm had separated from the frame.since that time I have followed all of Isuzu's requests for a remedy and now waiting for them to buyback my truck. I'm just now filing complaint because of what I've read online about their absurd buyback offers and them requesting consumers to fill out a W9 form, when the offers a @ a considerable loss to what we Rodeo owners originally paid. And the fact they (Isuzu) knows darn right well the cause of the defect is that bad metal was used to build the frames, not the suspension to cause the recall.

- Northborough, MA, USA

problem #150

Feb 172011


  • miles
Called Isuzu about the recall. They had my Rodeo towed to the nearest Honda dealership because I found out through my personal mechanic that there was a recall and my mechanic told me that my Rodeo wasn't safe to drive. Three days later Honda's mechanic called me and told me that my Rodeo was unrepairable! the mechanic said that someone from Isuzu should be getting back with me. I was also tricked! I bought my Rodeo from a private individual who I can't get a hold of, so they probably knew about the recall when they sold it to me.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #149

Apr 202011


  • 118,900 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that she received a recall in regards to NHTSA campaign id number: 10V436000 (suspension:rear). After having the repairs done and then taking the vehicle through inspection, she was advised that her that the vehicle failed due to severe rusting and holes on the frame. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileage was approximately 118,900.

- Berlin, NH, USA

problem #148

Apr 122011

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
I own a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. I received a notice informing me that my vehicle has a regional safety recall per bulletin SB10-11-S002. This was due to the rear frame rusting away. I brought my vehicle into the closest Isuzu repair shop which was about 45 miles away from my home. After looking at the vehicle the service advisor informed me that he couldn't repair the vehicle because of the rust and would have to order a special tool to get it fixed. After waiting a month I called the advisor who informed me that the tool was in and that he would have to have my vehicle for more then a day to fix it. So I had a friend follow me in another vehicle so that I could get home. A couple of days later I got a call from the service advisor informing me that the frame was too rusted to be repaired and would be taking photo's to send to Isuzu owner relations to see what could be resolved with this issue. So I had to get another ride to get my vehicle. The advisor also informed me that he didn't think that it was safe to drive my vehicle but let me leave with it. A couple of weeks later I was then informed that more pictures needed to be taken to resolve this issue. So I drove back up to the dealer ship to get this done. A few weeks later I called the Isuzu owner relations only to be told that the dealership will be doing the repair work on my vehicle. I called the Isuzu dealership and the advisor now informed me that he was ordered to fix the issue. He would now have to order another repair kit and it would take 2 days to fix my vehicle. So I'm now waiting for him to call back to let me know that the kit is in. I've read several other similar complaints about this and am concerned about driving my vehicle. This is my main form of transportation and can't afford another vehicle at this time.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #147

Apr 042011


  • 96,200 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that after having a routine oil change, the mechanic advised him that the frame was severely rusted with holes and stated that the vehicle was not safe to drive. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who confirmed the failure but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 96,200.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #146

Dec 052010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the frame bracket fractured causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle and drove into a ditch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated they could not repair the frame because of severe corrosion and rust but they could repair the bracket under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V436000 (suspension:rear). The manufacturer was contacted who stated that they would only repair the bracket under the recall, but not the frame. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Denver, NC, USA

problem #145

Aug 012009


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. While the contact stated the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V436000 (suspension:rear) and it was repaired. While under going routine maintenance the contact noticed the front and rear frame were corroded. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic who stated that the front and rear frame, the fuel tank shield was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- High Park, MA, USA

problem #144

Mar 232011


  • miles
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- Newport, VT, USA

problem #143

Mar 152011


  • miles
I have a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo which I received a recall. The SUV handled terrible took into dealership and states a bracket is rusted out and the car is to dangerous to drive. They will need the car for a few weeks and only will replace the bracket as that is the only recall even thou the frame is rusted. This issue is unacceptable and should be addressed. I also have no car to get to work and the dealer states Isuzu does not care.

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #142

Dec 242009

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo, on December 24th 2009 I had just dropped my daughter off and home and was headed back to the store when my car starting acting funny and almost flipped. I got the car under control and to a stop. I get out of the car and see something underneath my car broken off. I call my son-in-law to come help me. He looks underneath the car and notices the trailing arm broken off, he said mom it's a wonder you hadn't been killed! your frame underneath your car is totally rusted! so I have 4 different mechanics look at me Isuzu and all of them say the same thing, your frame is completely rusted out and fixing that trailing arm would be a danger. They refused to fix it! so my car was recalled for the trailing arm but not the rusted frame, which will not fix the problem!. Isuzu picked my car up January 4th 2011 and takes to their repair garage. I call two weeks later because no one ever contacted me. They tell me the mechanic refused to fix the trailing arm and have me drive this dangerous car home. He said the frame was rusted worse than any of them they have seen. So I wait a few more weeks and call Isuzu relations dept. They proceed to tell me that they yelled at the mechanic for telling he refused to fix this car because it can be fixed. I was told they would fix it. So I waited another week and call back again to be told they tried to fix the trailing arm and the rust was so bad underneath that my gas tank brackets broke off during the repair. And I was told that the brackets are no longer made and it can't be fixed! please start another recall on these cars, the frame is the problem not the trailing arm. These cars could kill an innocent family. Isuzu still refusing to do anything about my car. If they think I'm diving around with a rusted frame and broken gas tank brackets they are crazy! I will park this car in my driveway another 2 years if I have to until the real problem is taken care of! please help us, thank you

- Bluefield, WV, USA

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