NHTSA — Suspension Problems

2001 Isuzu Rodeo (Page 2 of 3)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,848 miles

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo suspension problems

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

Feb 192013

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 14,400 miles


We own a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo with 144000 miles on it. We received a recall notice for excessive rust on rear suspension. We had the Isuzu dealer complete the recall work of installing stabilizer brackets, is was due to the excessive amount of rust. However, we were never informed of any additional rust throughout the rest of the frame in the front and back. Today, we had the Rodeo in to have a new starter put in and the mechanic tell us that the car is not safe to drive. This is my son's car and he is in college and does not have a way of getting to class, any longer.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #30

Feb 192013

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 144,000 miles
Have own our isuze Rodeo for four years. We received the rust recall back in 2010 and had the recall work performed. The isuze dealer installed the stabilizing brackets on the rear suspension, due to the excessive amount of rust. Now, today as I am paying a mechanic for a new starter, he informs me the there are large holes in the front and back part of the frame. He also said it was unsafe to drive. The isuze dealer never told us about the excessive rust on the vehicle when the recall work was performed.this is my kids car and I won't alow them to drive it anymore.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #29

Nov 202012


  • 150,000 miles
I was driving on the road at around 35 - I heard a very load thump from around the rear drivers side back tire they car started swerving all over the road. I could barely get it to the side of the road. My son came and was able to nurse it to my husbands house that wasn't that far. The next day my sons put the car on the jack stands thinking maybe the strut came off. When they got under the car the found that the frame of the car had rusted through. When I had looked the car up on line to see if there were any problems with the car in regards to that issue I did find a recall on the rust issue. I started calling the number and left several messages. I finally got through on January the 5th and they tell me that it had closed but if I wanted to get it to an Isuzu dealer at my cost that is over 2 hours away and pay for the test they may be able to do something or go after the person because they may have known. I feel this was a serious safety defect in the vehicle and should be taken care of. I loved my car and now have no transportation. There was nothing wrong with any other part of the vehicle and I am grateful I wasn't on the highway and that none of my other children were driving it at the time.

- Georgetown, OH, USA

problem #28

Aug 202012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


I bought my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo new. I received a recall notice in 2010 about the suspension brackets in the rear having a rust problem. I had the recall inspection done and the Isuzu service center told me that the vehicle was fine and they applied some rust inhibitor. I took my vehicle to a repair shop in Aug 2012 for brake work and they informed me that the frame of the vehicle directly in front and behind the rear wheels was almost completely rusted with numerous rust holes in the frame. The frame was so rusted in numerous spots that you could push your finger through the frame and it would crumble under the pressure. I called Isuzu and they advised me to take it to an authorized service center they directed me to. At this center I was told that my rust was considered a level 3 incident. Isuzu told the repair shop to do a level 3 fix. That included putting larger suspension brackets on and coating the rust with a rust inhibitor. They stated that the frame rust was not covered under the recall, only the brackets. They acknowledged that there were frame issues for these models but their responsibility was only for the suspension brackets. This vehicle is undrivable in it's present condition with almost no strength left in the rear frame. I will have to spend thousands of dollars to have metal welded to the rear of the vehicle to strengthen it and to make it safe enough to drive. A vehicle produced in 2001 should not have this much rust damage to the frame. This was obviously a manufacturing defect that Isuzu even acknowledges but they are refusing to accept monetary responsibility for their defect. These cars need to be bought back from the customer for market value of a vehicle of this age and type. Please help the thousands of Isuzu Rodeo owners out there like me who have lost the use of their vehicle through no fault of their own. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #27

May 102012

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Truck is well taken care of and the frame is rotted so bad that it is unrepairable, trailing arms rotted off, dealer sprayed black paint it and called it fixed. Rear bumper not attached, spare tire carrier not attached.

- Ludlow , MA, USA

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problem #26

Mar 062012

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
I started to pull away from the curb and heard a screeching noise and the rear end of my car began to sway back and forth. I pulled back up to curb and looked under rear of car. I saw cracked, rusted frame and a broken stabilizer bar.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #25

Dec 012010


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the rear end of the vehicle would bounce excessively while driving at speeds above 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the rear shocks were replaced. The failure continued. The vehicle was not taken back to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notice associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V436000 (suspension:rear). Upon examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the frame, which was not included in the recall, exhibited an excessive amount of corrosion. The vehicle was not taken in for repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Brielle, NJ, USA

problem #24

Feb 042012


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated NHTSA campaign number: 10V436000 suspension: Rear recall repair was performed on the vehicle, but the failure was not corrected. While driving 30 mph the vehicles rear upper bracket and lower control arm failed. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who stated the failure was caused by severe corrosion on the upper rear bracket, and lower control arms. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, and denied assistance with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 83,000.

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #23

Dec 292011

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 137,434 miles
Brought my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo in for inspection and it failed due to rotting frame and suspension bracket. Spare tire fell off because carrier had rusted completely. Professional frame shop could not repair the damage and suggested that this problem needs to be resolved by Isuzu. This vehicle was determined unsafe to drive.

- Center Conway, NH, USA

problem #22

Nov 172011


  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V436000 (suspension:rear) and took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. The dealer informed the contact that the entire frame was rusted and that the vehicle could not be repaired. The manufacturer informed the dealer to repair the vehicle as is however, the contact was concerned of the safety of the vehicle since the dealer initially informed her that the vehicle was not repairable. The contact did not have the vehicle repaired due to safety issues. The approximate failure mileage was 134,000.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #21

Nov 112011


  • 140,000 miles


Corrosion on the car frame. It snapped in half while driving. Thank god I wasn't on the highway yet. My 10 month old daughter and I would have been killed!!!!

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #20

Nov 092011

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • miles
The frame/chassie is so rotted with holes from the back half of the truck that it appears to be unsafe to drive.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #19

Oct 282011


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the vehicle was in for routine inspection when he was advised that the rear frame was completely rotted from rust. The vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V436000 (suspension: Rear). The vehicle was then taken to the dealer but the dealer advised that the recall did not address the failure that the contact had experienced and that they could only repair the rear brackets to the frame under the recall, and not the frame itself. The failure and the current mileages were 108,000.

- Hopedale, MA, USA

problem #18

Aug 172011

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • miles
I received a notice by mail about a recall on my Rodeo, and the company had it towed to a dealership in knoxville some time in August, a month later I received a call from the dealership saying they sent the photos & videos to the company and we should hear from them soon. It is now nearing the end of October, I called the company today, & they said they never received the photos. I'm not sure why it is taking so long, I have been without a vehicle for 4 months now, since the Rodeo's axle fell apart 2 months before it was even towed. The recall letter says it should only take approximately 90 min., or 3-10 hours to fix what is wrong with the axle's or they will provide an alternate remedy. I feel that more than 2 months of determining what to do with this vehicle is more than enough time. I would like to find out whether I will be getting this vehicle back fixed, or whether I need to find something else.

- Harrogate, TN, USA

problem #17

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 #16

Sep 222011


  • miles
My car frame has totally rusted threw back behind the rear wheels, they have a recall on it, yet they wont take responsibility if its a couple inches back further, they told me not to drive it that it was unsafe, and they would buy it back for 1080.00.I bought it last year for 5400.00.its in very good condition.I said no..I want the value of the car price. What can I do to get help in this case?

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #15

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

problem #14

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 #13

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 #12

Dec 232010


  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the vehicle was inspected recall 10V436000 (suspension:rear). The dealer stated that the frame was completely corroded. The dealer stated that they were able to possibly replace the brackets but regardless of the remedy, the vehicle would not be drivable. The manufacturer was contacted who stated that the recall specifically stated that only the brackets would be replaced but due to the nature of the problem, they offered to buy the vehicle back. The VIN was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 149,000.

- Waseca, MN, USA

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