NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,259 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo engine problems

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 042006

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


At a little over 36,000 miles I started having problems with the gas gauge. It drops from full within 30 miles, once it hits a half tank it sporadically drops to empty, the gas light comes on along with the check engine light. It will go back up but then drop again. When I fill the tank at a reading of 1/4 tank I get an average of 8 gallons before the pump shuts off. Yet according to the book it is an 18 gallon tank. Now at 40,000 its getting worse. I registered a 1/2 tank at the pump shut off at 2 gallons.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 082005

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,566 miles
Pushrod and crank damage to vehicle with only 62,566 miles. This vehicle has been properly maintained in accordance with origianl warranty guidelines. Due to the fact this vehicle was a previous daily rental, Isuzu reduced original warrantly coverage from 10years/120,000 miles to 5years / 60,000 miles. It seems quite unusual that when purchasing the new motor for this vehicle, the dealer selling the motor said he's sold thousands of these - all were replacements for 98 and up Rodeos with the same problem (rods and crank )

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 062005

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states vehicle loses power while driving. The service dealer did repairs 4 times, but in a short period of time the problem returned.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 292003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,245 miles


While driving at any speed, the vehicle shut down, which forced the consumer to pull over and wait 20 minutes to restart. The dealer had inspected the vehicle several times and was unable to duplicate or correct the problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jul 122003


  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and without warning there was a loud popping noise coming from inside the vehicle. The noise was intermittent and would usually sound for 2-5 seconds. This would occur while in motion and sometime when stationary. The dealer heard the sound(s) but did not help.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 232003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states at any speed and without any indication vehicle would stall. Dealer has been contacted and repaired vehicle four times.

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012001

Rodeo 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine will stall when consumer pulls into parking lot in facility where he works. Consumer feels that reason for this defect may be that engine is not shielded against sources of radio frequency energy which could shut engine down. There is loss of steering control when engine shuts down. Consumer works at long range radar site. Engine is a 3.2 V6. Consumer states engine shuts down and will N ot restat until the vehicle is moved away from rf energy source, consumer has been told by dealer that the problem is being worked on.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

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