hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,725 miles

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problem #12

Jan 012010


  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo. The contact purchased the vehicle in December 2009 and approximately one month later, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the transmission; however, the vehicle continued to stall and as a result the transmission was cracked. The vehicle was also leaking transmission fluid. The contact did not inform the manufacturer nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileages were 134,000. The failure mileages were unavailable. The VIN was unavailable.

- Camdon, NJ, USA

problem #11

Oct 282010


  • 86,000 miles
2002 Isuzu Rodeo 2 wheel drive, transmission selector is in one gear and sometimes the dash indicator is in another gear. Must stop and shut off engine for at least 5 seconds to reset this. This has happened several times over the last 3 years....(6).

- Ozark, AL, USA

problem #10

Jun 302010

Rodeo 4WD 6-cyl

  • 92,300 miles
I own a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo. I am the only owner. Last year 2009, it suddenly started having a jerking movement whenever I stop and then accelerate. It got so bad that I took it to the dealer and they charged me $695 to fix what they said was a transmission seal leak. It ran ok for a while and then I stated noticing that I would be driving down the highway and then all of a sudden the gear would shift and on the dash indicator it would be showing that the gear is in park, reverse, neutral or something else other than drive. I would have to pull off the to the side of the road, switch the engine off and on a couple of times before the fault would correct itself. Today June 30, 2010, I was driving when dash indicator flipped to neutral and then the vehicle started slowing down. By the time I got to pull off the road the vehicle went completely dead and I had to get a tow truck to move it off the road. I am noticing that there have been a lot of complaints on this exact problem, but there has not been a recall. The tow truck driver says my transmission seems to be completely shot. I think it is time for the ODI to issue a recall on these vehicles for this problem, so owners do not have to foot the bill for repairs on these vehicles. I will be contacting Isuzu head quarters with a complaint, but I am sure that they will not accept responsibility as they have neglected to inform consumers of this problem so they can get vehicles checked before serious problems occur. Now I will be stuck with paying for repairs to replace the transmission when Isuzu is clearly aware of the problem but has neglected to fix it.

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #9

May 012007

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • 47,709 miles
Transmission began hard shifting and slipping. Took it to dealer and dealer installed a new transmission servo cover and replaced 4 quarts of transmission fluid. Dealer indicated that original servo cover had cracked and indicated verbally this was becoming common. Problem was repaired under warranty but if this repair is becoming common and can result in complete transmission failure a warning should be issued to alert owners of this problem so the servo cover can be replaced before it's failure causes larger problems.

- Saint Simons Island, GA, USA

problem #8

Dec 262007

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Vehicle's automatic transmission unpredictably and uncontrollably, on more than one occasion while driving on the highway at 60 mph, shifted out of "drive" and into "park" on the control panel indicator, while the stick shift was still engaged in "drive." This resulted in a very alarming jerking feeling and loss of forward velocity. The only way to stop this situation and return to normal was to brake, pull over into the highway's shoulder, put the gear shift into "park, " turn off the vehicle's ignition, wait a few seconds, and then turn the vehicle back on. After this occurred two or three times, I became concerned that this could lead to a serious safety problem and potential accident so I took the vehicle to an Isuzu dealer for repairs and they replaced the transmission mode switch and cleared the code for a total cost of $350. The service manager indicated that the same problem had been found with other Isuzu Rodeo vehicles and knew exactly what the problem was based on my initial description of the problem. If this problem is being found with other isusu Rodeos built in 2002, there could be a more widespread safety problem that should be investigated.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 052007

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Isuzu Rodeo I have numerous problems with this Isuzu. I purchased it new and I am the only driver. Vehicle wastes oil, motor heads been replaced, brakes changed several times. Transmission changed or repaired. Ignition replaced no warning lights about overheating or anything, egr changed. There are so many things I can't remember them all. Now the vehicle is making a loud popping noise sounds like from the rear door and the driver side window does not go all the way up. I think I received a lemon!

- Fairmont, NC, USA

problem #6

Mar 022007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,600 miles
My 2002 Rodeo that was purchased May 13, 2003 has just been towed to the dealership as the transmission has gone out at 32,600 miles. Dealership called & said there would be a problem with the powertrain warranty as I was not the original owner of the vehicle. I told him - yes I am & that I bought the vehicle from them brand new. I had just had my 30,000 mile check up done on October 30, 2006. At 30,000 miles had to have the tires replaced. Previously have had vehicle in the shop for sensor problems & others that I cannot think of right now.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #5

May 102006

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,587 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle hesitated when shifting from park to drive. The vehicle jerks forward every time the gear is shifted into drive. Upon inspection the independent repair shop determined there is a hole in the piston cover causing the transmission fluid to leak from the vehicle. The piston cover needs replaced.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 252005


  • miles
I have less than 55,000 miles on my 2002 Rodeo. A month ago when trying to accelerate, the gear shift from 1 to 2nd was almost impossible. The truck would shake and shudder and start to stall before kicking into gear - making my inability to operate very susceptible to accidents (luckily I had none). I took to a local mechanic who informed me that my transmission my be shot completely - I had leaked 4 qrts of fluid with no indication that I was low. When he ordered the part from the local dealer - he admitted to me that with other vehicles it is rare that these parts are available and need to be back ordered and that B/C they had on hand this must be a common problem. He sealed the leaks (there were several). However, this has not solved the problem the transmission is still leaking and I'm not sure is there would be any resolve with replacing the entire transmission. If this is a common problem with Rodeo transmission and is a defective part then a recall is in order.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 052004

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the vehicle was parked consumer noticed fluid leaking from underneath the vehicle. While driving 25 mph consumer was unable to shift gears. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determinedthat the transmission needed to be replaced.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152004

Rodeo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,500 miles
I have a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo ls with a six cylinder engine and a 2 wheel drive automatic transmission. The transmission is sealed and the owner's manual requires service at 120,000 miles. I have never driven the vehicle under extreme conditions, and I have never towed anything behind the vehicle. Nonetheless, my transmission recently started to shudder and lurch when the vehicle initially accelerated from low to second gear. When this problem began, the vehicle had about 55,500. The problem grew progressively worse, and I took it for service at about 56,000. The dealership to which I took the car advised me that a part in the transmission had gone bad and that they had seen similar problems with similar vehicles and that Isuzu had a replacement part to correct this problem. If it is indeed a defective part, I think a recall may be warranted for safety reasons. Most notably, the problem caused my car to momentarily stop accelerating in low gear, and on one occasion, the delayed acceleration caused a close call because my car momentarily stalled in the middle of a left-hand turn. The other concern is that after shuddering and not accelerating, the vehicle would suddenly catch the gear and lurch forward, again, a safey concern due to the unexpected movement of the car.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 092003

Rodeo 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Car purchased brand new on June 28, 2003. Mid September 2003 transmission needed to be replaced.

- Round Lake Beach, IL, USA