NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,633 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Isuzu Rodeo fuel system problems

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 152014


  • 78,000 miles


Was trying to get car through inspection but couldn't get the check engine light and fuel light off. I explained to my mechanic and he said you need a new fuel pump. I made an appointment and when he put the car on the lift he said the frame is totally rusted out and the car should not be on the road. I then called Isuzu and they told me there was a recall on it. They gave me the name of a dealer near me they said the car can not be fixed. They said if the car is hit from behind it would just fold or the suspension will just give out and you will not be able to control the car. Its been two weeks and I'm getting the run around from the dealer and Isuzu. I am now out of a car. If the gas gauge didn't break I would not have even known about this and could have killed someone on the road. Isuzu should be standing behind these cars!!!!

- Saddle Brook, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jul 192011


  • 101,200 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo 4X4 3.2 V6 fuel gauge reading inaccurate. Constant problem with fuel gauge reading inaccurate - has lead to two breakdowns in the last month.

- Palmyra, VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012011


  • 95,000 miles
I decided to file this claim once I read it was not an isolated incident. The fuel gauge falls to empty which triggers the gas light to come on. The truck has between 1/4 and 1/2 tank when this happens. The fuel gauge/sensor is faulty and should be recalled by Isuzu.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 272010


  • 100,500 miles


I drive a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo 4X4. It has approximately 100,000 miles on it. Upon taking the Rodeo in for recall inspection on NHTSA 10V-436 (rear suspension) the shop noticed that my fuel tank protector was 90% rusted and rotted away. The shop told me this shield (oem part number 8-97226-445-4) also supports the fuel tank from falling off the vehicle (hence this safety complaint). I told the shop to order a replacement and repair it at the same time they were doing the suspension recall work. Weeks later the shop told me the fuel tank shield is no longer manufactured and is not available anywhere in their dealer network within the usa. I'm still trying to find a replacement at a junk yard. I don't appear to be the only consumer in this situation as I found another complaint that describes the same situation at this web address:

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #5

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

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problem #4

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 #3

Jan 092007

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


I purchased my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo in March 2002. Several months after purchasing it, I noticed that my gas light would show empty even after a complete fill up. The only way I had to determine if I needed fuel was by resetting my tripometer each time I filled up. I was okay with doing that for years until in 2006 when I needed to renew by registration, I could not pass emissions because of the check engine light being on. When they determined what the cause was, it was something to do with the fuel line. I took it in for an estimate of repair. I had no choice in the matter and had to pay over $800 to have a new fuel sending unit put in my vehicle. I have recently learned that this has been an case for large numbers of 2001 Isuzu Rodeo owners. I do not understand why this was never a recall issue. As far as I am concerned, I think the car manufacturer so take responsibility for this matter and fix all of the cars that are still out there with this problem and reimburse those of us who had to pay for this repair. Obviously, there is more to it than just a fluke.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 152006

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The fuel sending unit on the '01 Isuzu Rodeo is faulty and causes the check engine light to come on and the gas gauge to work improperly. Also, the transmission for the '01 Rodeo appears to be structurally unsound for the engine. The transmission on my '01 Rodeo, after 70,000 miles, has needed to be replaced. This truck has not been used for 4 wheel driving. Though they recalled the '02 for the fuel sending unit they did not incorporate the '01 into that recall.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #1

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

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