Isuzu Rodeo Frame Rust



  • marinakymarinaky Member 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 Member 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.
  • maddashellmaddashell Member Posts: 5
    Isuzu finally recalled your vehicle , Take my word foir it get it too them ASAP or it will expire . :mad:
  • rustyisuzu01rustyisuzu01 Member Posts: 2
    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.
  • cranesworkcraneswork Member Posts: 1
    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?
  • angrymannyangrymanny Member Posts: 1
    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 Member 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
  • notorious_phdnotorious_phd Member Posts: 1
    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 Member 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.

  • whiskers13whiskers13 Member Posts: 2
    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! 
  • whiskers13whiskers13 Member Posts: 2
    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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