NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,120 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

Jan 202009


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle hesitated, slowed down, and attempted to stall. The contact noticed something bouncing underneath the vehicle and then observed flames under the hood. She pulled to the side of the road. The police and fire departments were called to extinguish the fire and a report was filed. The cause of the fire was unknown. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were less than 125,000.

- New Boston, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 282008


  • miles
I have had many problems with this car. 1. servo valve 12/2005, 2. door lock, 2005, check engine light, gas meter problems, replace gas tank 1/2008, 3. replace alternator 9/2008, now my transmission is not working nor is my egr and evap sensor. I only have 58,000 miles on this car. Also one of the oem brake pads fall out of the holding bracket and got stuck between the caliper and the rotor. Nothing but problems with this SUV.

- Brookfield, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 082008


  • 60,000 miles
1. rear shocks went bad at 30,000 miles cost $500 to replace. 2. multiple problems with small components breaking. 3. 6 disk changer broke at 50,000 mile 4. check engine light on at 45,000 miles- 2 codes for egr valve stuck. 5. car stalled several times while in motion and finally just died. Needed new fuel sending unit at 55,000 miles, cost $1,300 6. air conditioner broke at 60,000 miles, needs new compressor and condenser, received estimate for $1,200.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 112008

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,130 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. While driving at an unknown speed, the reduced power and check engine lights illuminated. The vehicle sputtered and decelerated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer several times for the failures, but they could not determine the cause. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage was 70,135 and failure mileage was 70,130.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

problem #3

Apr 082005

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled. The driver tried to restart, and fifteen minutes later vehicle restarted. The next day, vehicle would not start at all. Driver contacted the dealer for an appointment.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #2

Aug 102004

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Engine idling increased intermittently when braking. Vehicle had been to the dealer on five separate occasions, and they were unable to resolve/duplicate the problem. The consumer stated that the racing of the engine gets worse and an smells of oil burning the longer the brake is pressed.

- Winchendon, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 13,708 miles
I bought the car a year ago brand new from manual olds/Isuzu in North richland hills, Texas. I have taken it in several times for the same complaint, each time telling me they could not find the problem. When the A/C is on, the compressor turns on and off and is very loud. When the compressor turns on there is a terrible rattling in my dashboard. I even had the general manager ride with me and he heard the noise and told me that was normal. I have owned 2 other brand new vehicles and when the A/C was on, #1 you couldn't hear the compressor constantly shutting on and off and #2 when the compressor did turn on, I did not hear any rattling noise or any noise for that matter. This is not normal and I have not heard other cars do this, especially a new vehicle. This problem started when I had 4,000 miles on my car. I am having a problem with this particular dealership where I bought the vehicle and I am tired of the treatment they are giving me, especially when they have heard the noise themselves. I know that I am a female but I am not so ignorant to actually think that this is normal.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

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