NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,815 miles

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1998 Isuzu Trooper transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Isuzu Trooper Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 192010

Trooper 4WD 6-cyl

  • 86,444 miles


When idling the vehicle is idling very high. Also the check engine light is coming on, and while driving the vehicle as you start to let off the accelerator, the vehicle jerks you, almost to the point of getting whiplash. We have had in the shop at least 3-4 times and lots of times for a week at a time. We were told that the check engine light was due to the gas cap, they replaced that, 2 days later it was back on. They also said it was the fuel sensor, replaced that and its still acting as though its not getting enough gas. As far as the jerking of the vehicle they wont tell us what could be causing that. Also the mechanic stated that there was nothing that they could do to resolve these problems. This vehicle is an accident waiting to take others lives.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

Jun 032003

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling and without any indication vehicle started jerking soon after vehicle died and was towed. Technician noticed transmission needed to be replaced.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 222002

(reported on)

Trooper 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am currently leasing the vehicle which was bougth new, every time the vehicle is placed in reverse or drive there is a clunking noise from the transmission and also a clunking noise every time vehicle comes to a stop while driving and also a jolt. We have taken the vehicle twice to two diffrent dealers and while they aknoledged the noise from the transmission, both dealerships reported in writting that there was no problem with the drivetrain and one even said that the noise was normal.I know that is not true since I bought the truck new it did not have any problems then.the vehicle was taken to Ontario Dodge/Isuzu & shaver Isuzu in califofnia state. I have cunsulted with other independent transmission & repair shops who advised that the noise comes most likely from the transmission transfer case and needs repair and adviced me back to the dealer as the vehicle still is under the powertrain/drivetrain warranty. So far I have been unsuccessfull to resolve this matter. I feel it is unfair for a cosumer to not get his/her moneys worth.

- Upland, CA, USA

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