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Isuzu Rodeo Frame Rust



  • badrodeobadrodeo Posts: 1
    Hi All, I also have been duped by Isuzu and the used car dealer I traded it to. Of course I did
    not tell him of the frame rot when I agreed to buy his 2005 Ford Escape for $8200 and got
    $2000 for the Rodeo. He was probably aware of the buy out program and is getting $2700
    from Isuzu. Now I am finding rear wheel well rust/rot on the Escape with only 73k miles on it.
    And when I brought the Rodeo in for the recall in 3/2011 I was not advised of the ultimate
    fate that awaited me the next year when I took it for state inspection.
    It seems that the people in the car market and ownership of cars is very scarey business.
  • used2loveemused2loveem Posts: 12
    To the poster of #418...I am a former salesman,and have owned many Rodeos,and had one bought back last year by Isuzu.Let me explain something......the $2k you got ON PAPER ,in real money was probably only $500 to $1000,as the price you paid for the Escape,probably had about$2000 profit in it to the dealer,so he probably overallowed on your Rodeo,to protect himself.And you brag that you didnt tell him about the frame rot?.....yet apparently werent smart enough to look under the Escape?...Whats that say about you and your ethics?...and what does it matter what he MAY get from Isuzu?...Whether he makes or loses on that doesnt concern you,as its no longer I used to tell customers,if you are happy with the vehicle you purchased,the price and payment,on the day you bought it,it doesnt matter how much or how little the dealer made,as some days they do well ,and other days ,they make little or lose ,just to keep turning inventory...
  • used2loveemused2loveem Posts: 12
    Also, you need to take responsibility for your actions,so in this case,DEPENDING what the Escape may or may not need,as you arent clear as to whether its just wheel well rust on the body(cosmetic),or if it is a structual issue with rust,as in the Rodeos....,,remember,you didnt inspect it apparently,KNOWING full well the trade in had problems.I hope you dont have kids that you transport in these vehicles,for their sake!
  • dwester8dwester8 Posts: 1
    hi this is the first i have heard of this and was wondering if this is only on the rodeos and passports or does this include the amigo as well i have a 98 amigo please let me know if anyone does know thank you for your time and reply.
  • maddashellmaddashell Posts: 5
    my daughters broke same side on 5-27-2012 and isuzu told me to pound salt, the recall was over, i contacted the NHTSA today and filed new complaint, you and everyone else should do the same to get recall reissued,or offer a buyout of the piece of trash.(sittin in my driveway and yours) the body is immaculate the frame sux
  • maddashellmaddashell Posts: 5
    I know you did this in 2009 what was the end result and how long did the results take? my rodeo trailing arm broke off on my daughter on saturday 5-27-2012 and i just filed complaint with NHTSA and ISUZU today
  • marinakymarinaky Posts: 64
    We ended up trading our 1998 Honda Passport in last year. We got a Toyota RAV4. Received $2400 for the Honda. But...our Honda had a rebuilt frame (my husband and son did a frame swap, removed the rusted frame and replaced it with one off of a 1998 Rodeo 2 wheel drive which was rust free.) So, needless to say, I am beyond dealing with Honda at this point. Unfortunately, I started all this back in 2009. And since these vehicles are not only still on the road, but being bought and sold by "reputable" seller/dealers, there are going to be people like yourself who don't have any idea that there is or was or will be any problems until it happens to them. Back in '09-'10, we pushed our cause, had it on the news, wrote to magazines, called our government, did everything we could. We tried for a class action law suit. We were not bigger than Honda. So I did what most of the others did, sold the vehicle, moved on and put this all behind me. I'm sorry for what you are going through. Somewhere along the line, the owner of your vehicle received the recall notice and I would trace it back and see who the owner was when the recall came through October, 2010, and whether or not the vehicle was inspected by a garage or mechanic for rust issues at that time, and whether or not it was a Honda garage. Also, when did you purchase it? Have you checked to see if there are any open recalls on it? They don't expire, to my knowledge. If you take it to a Honda garage, any open recalls have to be fixed at no charge to the owner, if not previously taken care of by the previous owner/s. But, if your daughter has been the owner over the past several years, she would have received the recall notice by mail.
  • smmennismmenni Posts: 1
    I own an unrepairable 98 isuzu rodeo with a completely rusted out frame, i called the number on the recall website and was informed they would do nothing at all for me because the recall expired in december. What is this buyback option, i was not informed of that of course. Is there a number i can call to get some satisfaction from this company rather than just getting shrugged off by some customer service rep. who doesn't even care or try to help??
  • i got the same response when i called them last week i have contacted the national highway traffic safety adminastration and filed a complaint, this is a safety recall that should have never expired, i also contacted my local media outlet and will be informing all people out there that this recall expired, (atleast in Cincinnati Ohio) good luck hope you can get satisfaction, what I think we (as owners of these vehicles) need to do is file a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against isuzu and drive them totally out of business, not that it will, but atleast try,once again good luck
  • we bought it in june of 2011 we had no idea it was under recall i was a mechanic for 20 years and retired never had any idea how dangerous this actually was, it is still in my driveway, i am to the point i want to contact an attorney(my daughter will be an attorney in 2 more years) i am sooo frustrated i am beside myself. we never received a recall notice, I have egg on my face because I was a mechanic and should have checked it out further before purchacing this toilet. FOOL ME ONCE.........:-(
  • marinakymarinaky Posts: 64
    actually, Isuzu is out of business. We never could get a class action law suit together. I wonder why you didn't get a recall notice by mail? Only thing to do now is what you are doing. Good luck with everything. I certainly don't want to be back there again, and do not envy what you are going through or facing at this point. There is also a facebook page if you are on facebook. "Recall Isuzu Rodeo and Honda Passport", you might be able to get some info from them also. If you go back through the posts on Edmunds (who has been so good to us to allow us to post on their forum for several years concerning this matter), you might get some info needed too.
  • marinakymarinaky Posts: 64
    If you bought it last year, the recall was sent to the previous owner in October-December, 2010. Did you have a carfax done on it prior to purchasing the vehicle? The recall would have shown up, even if it was private or a dealer owned vehicle, on the carfax. Not sure if you can go back on the dealer (if you bought it from a dealer) since it is a serious life-threatening recall that should have been addressed prior to being sold.
  • Isuzu finally recalled your vehicle , Take my word foir it get it too them ASAP or it will expire . :mad:
  • My 01 had severe rust throughout the frame where the vehicle was unsafe to drive. We took it to the local dealer to have it inspected and at 1st Isuzu said they were going to perform the recall on the rear frame and didn't plan on doing anything about the rest of the rust. Eventually they gave in and decided to purchase my rodeo for an insulting $2,250. I felt I had no choice but to accept since it wasn't drivable and decided to cut my losses. There were at least 3 other Rodeo at the dealer so my assumption is they are buying back the cars but naturally not at a fair value.
  • In September of 2012 I traded an individule a Jeep for his 99 rodeo. when I took it in for a oil change my mechenic said the frame was rusted so bad he felt it unsafe to drive. Now I need help with a recall I here one was issued, and it's not safe to drive. What can I do?
  • I have owned and faithfully maintained my Rodeo for the last 12 years. Other than the expected issues with an aging vehicle, the rodeo is sound and in excellent running order. Yet, after examining the rodeo's recall issue, I am now told that it is unrepairable. Really! Well Isuzu has NOT heard the last from me as well as anyone else I can convince to never buy another vehicle from this NON CUSTOMER SERVICE oriented company! I am left to pay my own rental expense for a replacement vehicle while I resolve this issue. BUYERS BEWARE!!! DO NOT BUY A VEHICLE FROM THIS COMPANY!
  • steevo84steevo84 Posts: 1
    i have been reading this forum for about a week now after i bought an absolutely immaculate 2001 silver Rodeo LS 4x4 v6, i knew the problem existed through my research prior to buying the car, i got it for a song and took a gamble on it being repairable, i had originally planned to take it to a welder/fabricator to have the lower links reinforced thinking the recall had expired or whatever it was to late etc... yesterday i called Isuzu CR office and they said my car was still an open recall, today they sent a roll of wrecker to pick it up and take it 70 miles to indianapolis, the closest ex-isuzu dealership still certified to do the work, i got a call tonight saying that it was repairable and i should get it back next week, i plan to have all the necessary maintenance done while its there, so this worked out very well so far and im keeping my fingers crossed..B.T.W the car just turned 100k miles
  • I own a '99 Honda Passport (2-wheel drive, LX, 89K miles), which I bought used from a former student at my university who drove it to/from school. It has mostly been okay, considering how pocked the roads are here on Oahu (Honolulu) and how strong the sun is (the paint started to severely oxidize when I was no longer able to park it in a garage).

    But about a year ago I noticed that the frame was starting to rust through in the back around the rear window. You can stick your fingers through it. I don't know if this is because of the salt air (we're surrounded by the ocean here, this being the middle of the Pacific) or what.

    Is there a buy-back proposition available? If so, how much? I love this car but it is a gas guzzler, and if it is starting to wear down, it might be better to get something else instead of driving it for another three years until I'm out of grad school.

    Any thoughts, suggestions, or opinions?
  • coachgreg18coachgreg18 Posts: 0
    edited March 2014

    I found a frame specialist who can repair rust damaged frames. Honda/Isuzu and most auto body repair shops cannot. This business has 2 CNC plasma cutting machines to fabricate replacement parts for and car frame. They have been in business over 20 years. My 1998 Honda Passport rear trailing link had completely separated and the frame had rotted completely thru. It was a very bad rust cause problem. The car was not driveable and almost killed me on the highway when it separated. They are located in Rhode Island. I shipped the car for $350 and the repair cost me $1,000. Give them a call and check out the website at

    Full address is Jerry Carlson (owner) Auto Rust Technicians 275 Niantic Ave Cranston, RI [Phone number removed]

    I was extremely pleased with the repair and would encourage anyone with a frame corrosion issue to call them. They were excellent.

  • I have a 1995 Izusu Rodeo. I have been reading a lot of comments on this site which scares the h**l outta me. Today I went to get my car inspected for another year and was told by the inspector that he would go ahead and pass it for this year but she probably wouldn't last much longer because the whole underside of the car was rusting out! The mileage on her is around 164,000 miles and for car that can qualify as an antique that is great. Her body is in great condition, there's no cracks in the upholstery or dashboard but my frame is rusting out from under me! 
    I am ignorant about the technical jargon of most things on cars so I have a question. What is the difference between the frame and the chassis or are they the same thing? What holds the car up, I guess is what is rusting away. I am afraid to even drive her now! And I don't have the funds to get another vehicle right now or probably for a long time. I asked the inspector if a whole new frame or chassis could be incorporated and he said it wouldn't be worth it but I beg to differ. I love my Izusu! I have tried to maintain her so maybe someday I could fix her up to take to some car shows, just for fun. But now I don't know what to do. Can you stick another frame/chassis under her? I guess it would equate to building a whole new car? And where would I find something like that and how much would it cost?! I'm very concerned that I may end up riding a bicycle around! 
  • Oh! Has anyone heard  anything about the possible recall? Would it include my SUV? I'd like to hear if anyone knows anything, please.
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