Here's a brand we haven't written about in some time. Isuzu is recalling 8,816 2003 Rodeo Sports and 2003 to 2004 Rodeo and Axiom models that are registered in just about any state that uses salt on winter roads. That means Isuzu owners in states as far east as Maine, as far south as Kentucky and as far west as Minnesota will need to report in with their vehicles for repairs. This recall follows a previous corrosion-related issue for 2002 Axioms and Rodeos.

The problem, which is no doubt exacerbated by road salt, has to do with corrosion around the forward mounting point for the lower link of the rear suspension. Needless to say, when any part of the suspension begins to rust apart it's very bad for handling.

Based on the severity of the corrosion, Isuzu owners will have three recourses. Owners with little to no rust will have the area treated with an anti-corrosion compound. Owners with some rust will have a reinforcement plate fitted, and in the most severe cases, Isuzu will buy back the cars for the Kelley Blue Book "Private Party" price.

Take a look below for the full bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including a complete listing of states with affected vehicles.
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Manufacturer: Isuzu Manufacturing Services of America

SUMMARY:
Isuzu Manufacturing Services of America, Inc (Isuzu) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Rodeo and Axiom, and 2003 Rodeo Sport vehicles that were originally sold in, or are currently registered in, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri. These vehicles may experience excessive corrosion near the forward mounting point bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link.

CONSEQUENCE:
The corrosion may allow the bracket to detach from the frame, impacting vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Isuzu will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear suspension lower link bracket area. For vehicles in which little or no corrosion is found, the area will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound. For vehicles in which corrosion has damaged the rear suspension lower link bracket and affected its connection to the vehicle frame, a reinforcement bracket will be installed. In the event the corrosion is so severe that the reinforcement bracket remedy would not be sufficient, Isuzu will offer to repurchase the vehicle for an amount based on the Kelley Blue Book "Private Party" price. All inspections and remedies will be provided free of charge for vehicles that are 10 years old or less. For vehicles older than 10 years, Isuzu will offer a free remedy, but only if the vehicle is presented to an Isuzu service facility dealer within 12 months of when owner notifications were issued, after that time owners will be charged for the repairs. The recall is expected to begin in mid-December 2013. Isuzu owners may contact Isuzu at 1-800-255-6727.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Sergio Alvarado
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Owners will need to report in..." Um, where?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sergio Alvarado
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      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll admit it, these were so cool looking when they debuted. I saw a clean example of one a few weeks ago and it looked pretty good.
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      omg. Corossion? What's next? Russt or worsse?
      Jessie Louthan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wrote this same article yesterday, and I out a link to where owners can take their vehicles in to get them ... http://www.examiner.com/article/gone-but-not-forgotten-isuzu-recalls-rodeo-rodeo-sport-and-axiom-suvs
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      That Axiom still looks fresh. Wish they followed up on a next gen.
      Sea2Sky
      • 1 Year Ago
      And just exactly where would you even take one of these P.o.S. Isuzu's for a recall?!?!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sea2Sky
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      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only thing that should be recalled is the spell checker that you guys use.
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      This vehicle is freakin 10 years old!!! How far back can recalls go for?
        Jessie Louthan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        As long as the automaker is making the parts necessary to repair/replace the defective part, and/or the automaker is still in business. I know that once. Car is no longer in production, that most companies will continue to produce parts for another 20 years.
          Camaroman101
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jessie Louthan
          " . . . most companies will continue to produce parts for another 20 years." Certain components maybe. I thought most stuff was just made in excess to be stored for future demand. Certain manufactures always have parts available for near any model though like BMW.
        Camaroman101
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        I think no farther than 10 years. I've never seen a recall past that.
      Brent Worrell
      • 1 Year Ago
      So where is my local Isuzu dealer? Closed.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brent Worrell
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          Jeff Gilleran
          • 1 Year Ago
          Gm actually at current, does not own any of Isuzu. They maintain an agreement with the Duramax engine lineup and the sale of medium size trucks. They also penciled in a Deal to create the Colorado. There has been talk that Isuzu may allow for a purchase of 10% of their stock, but other than that, there is nothing going on. The original plan from GM was to buy 33%, but Isuzu didn't like it because they wanted more control over operations. Back in 2009, Isuzu bought all its stock back from GM. GM was also responsible for Isuzu no longer having sales in the US, so I think there might be some animosity still about that. Back in 2006, GM almost owned 50% of Isuzu.
        Healthy Chap
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brent Worrell
        There are still some Isuzu dealers out there, but they focus on trucking. While it's safe to assume GM is going to do it, I don't reckon I've read this anywhere.
          Healthy Chap
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Healthy Chap
          Being a government mandated recall however I think you can get it done anywhere.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isnt it just a rebadged GM? GM should be next with another zero on the end.
      Clock
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope that one guy gets this message.
      libertedelacroix
      • 1 Year Ago
      So all 84 people who bought this car need to come in for the recall!
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