NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
243,812 miles

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 112012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles


I purchased my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo used in April 2012, about a week after I had the vehicle it started stalling out while I was driving, loosing complete power for a few moments then would jerk and continue going. I also noticed when I would hit a small bump and try to apply the brakes I heard a grinding noise and it would not stop for a few feet, even with the brake all the way to the floor. Also when I stop I hear a popping noise in the rear, everytime I stop. Now the vehicle is completely dying at random times. It will die when I am on the interstate going a steady speed, or accelerating. Also when I come close to a complete stop to turn the vehicle will die. I put it in neutral and it starts right back up and jerks while speeding up. I have almost T-boned someone due to the car dying and the loss of power steering. Also I have almost been rear ended numerous times because of the car stalling out and also dying. Also after having the car a couple weeks the speedometer and odometer quit working and the light for the speedometer will not work either.

- Mustang, OK, USA

problem #3

Apr 262011


  • 86,000 miles
Original owner of 2001 Rodeo. Received a recall notice for rear suspension lower link bracket. Drivers side required installation of a bracket, passenger side was sprayed with wax. Recall repair was completed circa 01/2011. Took the car to an independent mechanic for brakes last week and was told that the frame is so rusted that it is not worth doing the brakes. Mechanic stated that the vehicle would not pass its inspection as the frame is softened due to rusting and is unsafe (don't go on any long drives and think about a new car in the next couple of weeks). Contacted Isuzu and was told they have no further responsibility as they did everything they were supposed to under the recall agreement. I would like to better understand how the responsibility for rusted frames can be limited to such a small area of the frame component when it appears from the high number of filed complaints that this is a systemic frame rust issue and not simply a localized issue dealing with the rear lower suspension link. This rear suspension link is only the symptom of the actual problem. Isuzu is taking the position that if the rust is not in that specific location, they have no responsibility beyond that. Is the NHTSA pursuing this issue farther? vehicle is in excellent condition other than the frame. No rust on the body panels/sheet metal whatsoever. Please advise,

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #2

Dec 032009

Rodeo 4-cyl

  • 615,246 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo ls 3.2 V-4 2wd. Crankshaft counter weight broke of...lodging in the case wedging against the crankshaft, breaking the crankshaft in two and cracking the block. Oil was full, coolant full, ..removed engine and disassembled it, to find the broken crankshafta full rebuild of the engine with a used short block is now in effect. ( short block is the bottom engine as in block crankshaft pistons etc....not the top half) I am now going to replace all pistons, rings, water pump, oil pump, tensioner all gaskets, you name it. I can rebuild this better than Isuzu ever intended to. Thanks alot Isuzu

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Feb 232009


  • 131,000 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo - reduced power light came on and car would not go over 5 miles per hour.

- Burnam, IL, USA

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