NHTSA — Suspension: Rear Problems

2001 Isuzu Rodeo (Page 3 of 3)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,251 miles

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo suspension problems

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #14

Sep 232010


  • 122,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact stated that the rear stabilizer bar fractured while the contact was driving 35 mph. The rear stabilizer bar fractured due to excessive rust of the frame. The contact called the dealer and the dealer advised the contact that there was no recall on the vehicle and there was nothing they could do to assist. The contact stated the vehicle was only nine years old and rust should not exhibit on the vehicle at that age. The contact believed the vehicle was extremely dangerous and could have cost someone their life. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #13

Sep 102010


  • miles
I have a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The car is immaculate in appearance until you look under it. I took it in for a oil change, and the technician actually took me down in the service bay to get a look at the frame. I couldn't believe it. I have a 4 year old daughter, and this is my only source of transportation besides a motorcycle. I am now afraid to drive my Isuzu. There must be a recall....

- South Point , OH, USA

problem #12

Oct 162009

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 83,232 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo -- drivers side rear wheel stabilizer bar (anchor) completely separated from the frame due to severe rusting. Car not drivable and not repairable.

- Belington, WV, USA

problem #11

Aug 312010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 180 miles


2001 Isuzu rodio rear suspension lower link separatedfrom the frame due to rust SUV lost control.

- Germantown , WI, USA

problem #10

Aug 282010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 133,970 miles
My car is a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. I am its 2nd owner and I purchased it from the estate of a deceased woman. It had very low mileage. A few days ago I noticed a jarring sound coming from the left rear side of metal making contact. I planned to take it to my mechanic for inspection early this week as I was intending to go on a long trip. On Saturday, August 28, my car swerved and I could tell that there was a major problem. I pulled into a parking lot and saw that a large flange attached to a rear axle stabilizer had completely disconnected from the frame. As I was not at all far from home I returned my car to my driveway. Upon closer inspection I saw that the metal of the left side frame of my car was like paper - completely disintegrating. My car is in great mechanical condition. I had my transmission rebuilt last year. I use it in my work as a professional musician to Transport my instruments. I have since learned that there have been widespread incidents of 1998-2002 Isuzu Rodeos having this metallurgical defect. It appears to be unrepairable. It seems that the engineers and metallurgists at Isuzu created a defect in their formulation of the steel for the frame. This car should and must be recalled, not only for the sake of those who suffer monetary loss due to the design flaw and the inability to use their vehicle, but also due to the safety concerns of those who are unaware of this defect and the risk of loss of control on a highway.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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problem #9

Jun 292010


  • 97,000 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo the frame rusted causing the rear suspension to fall off during driving. The vehicle then swerved out of control. Luckily due to myemergency vehicle driver training I was able to avoid and accident. This needs to be addressed before someone gets seriously injured or killed. I have pictures of faulty frame and suspension connection.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #8

Jul 012010

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The sway bar of the rear wheel at the driver side of my Isuzu Rodeo 2001 felt off of the frame without a warning. After a close inspection I discovered that this was due to a severe corrosion of the frame. The accident happened up on entering in a parking lot. Due to the low speed I managed to stop promptly. I believe that if this had happened on a busy street there might have been more severe consequences.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #7

May 042010

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. While traveling at speeds of 40 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle would sway from left to right. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic where he was informed that the rear trailing arm had separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 117,000. Updated 11/03/10. Updated 11/04/10

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #6

Jan 092010


  • 120,000 miles
No prior warning until a loud bumping noise at the rear of the vehicle & lost ability to control rear of the vehicle, no crash due to traveling at low rate of speed & able to pull off highway. Left rear bolts connecting body to frame had broken away allowing body to move back & forth on the frame, unable to control steering. Upon inspection by mechanic was told left rear was broken completely away, the right rear was also ready to break & the area around gas tank was also very fatigued. Vehicle unable to be repaired due to safety concerns, metal extremely fatigued for a vehicle of this age, vehcile had to be junked! body of vehicle in excellent shape, but frame like that of a vehicle 30 or more years old!

- Garrison, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 102009


  • 130,000 miles
Returning home from work, stopped at intersection, when my turn to go I pulled out on road and noticed that vehicle felt like I had a flat tire. Steering was very strange and felt like vehicle was all over road. I was only going approximately 10-15 mph maximum as I was going from stop light to stop light. When I accelerated from initial stop light I heard a crack and loud scraping sound. I went approx 1/10 mile till I could pull off road on shoulder then into parking lot. When I got out to see if I could see anything wrong I noticed under car in front of rear wheels that what appeared to be stabilizer bars for rear wheels were hanging down under car and that the frame on both sides was broken in half. I had no previous indication that this was breaking. I fear that if I had been traveling at a higher rate of speed other than going from stop light to stop light that I would have lost control of the vehicle. The entire rear axle would float freely and twist from side to side when attempting to accelerate and rear wheels would ride out from under vehicle and when braking rear wheels rode up under vehicle. This vehicle is no longer drivable and is basically a complete loss and is not covered under any type of motor vehicle insurance coverage due to no accident involvement.

- Masontown, WV, USA

problem #4

Jan 022010


  • 151,000 miles


2001 Isuzu Rodeo rear suspension on passenger side let go due to a rotted frame. Called Isuzu corporate and they told me there was nothing they could do about it. I bought this car brand new in April of 2002, and would have hoped that for 32,000 the shelf life would be more than 7.6 years.

- Whitinsville, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 132009


  • 105,325 miles
2001 Isuzu Rodeo. Rear control arm rusted out. Rear shock mounts rusted out causing them to separate from vehicle resulting in loss of control.

- Oak Bluffs, MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 072009


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. While driving approximately 55 mph on normal road conditions, the rear passenger tire detached from the vehicle without warning. The driver was able to resume operation with caution to the place of residence. A certified mechanic inspected the vehicle. The failure was contributed to the stabilizer bar. The technician stated the vehicles damages were non-repairable. The failure and current mileages were 135,000.

- Truro, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 042009

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
Hit a banking with rear tire and the frame of my Isuzu Rodeo 2001 broke on both sides can not fix this SUV frame is rotten. There is a recall but only on 1998 and 1999. Updated 10/05/10 the entire frame is rusted, not just the rear suspension. Updated 10/27/10 updated IVOQ 11/01/10

- Hiram, ME, USA

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