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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.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Back before SUVs and crossovers came to dominate the market, the Chevy Blazer was king. In fact the nameplate was so iconic that Chevy spun it off into several different sizes, with the compact S-10 Blazer (also known as, among many other things, the GMC Jimmy) expanding to the K5 Blazer (later rebadged as the Tahoe), and in between, the mid-size Trailblazer. The last of them died off a few years ago, but got a stay of execution in developing markets overseas. And that's essentially what we're looking at here.
Based on the Isuzu D-Max (itself a clone of the overseas-market Chevy Colorado), the new Isuzu MU-X is basically a rebadged version of the second-generation Chevy Trailblazer produced in such far-flung locations as Thailand and Brazil. Set to debut in Isuzu guise at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month, the MU-X is powered by a 3.0-liter common-rail turbodiesel four with 130 kW and 380 Nm of torque (174 horsepower and 280 pound-feet), driving either the front wheels or all four through five speeds in either manual or automatic configurations.
With Terrain Control and hill ascent/descent systems, the MU-X will tow 3 metric tons (3.3 US) and carry seven passengers in the type of truck-based SUV package that's steadily being replaced by car-based crossovers in the US market. Whether there's any room for an old-fashioned ladder-frame sport-ute like this on these shores seems to be in increasing doubt, but apparently Isuzu thinks it's still got potential overseas. Check it out in the gallery above and the press release and promo videos below for a closer look.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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Back in August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall on the General Motors GMT360 SUVs (Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X) ranging from the 2005 to 2007 model years and the 2006 GMT370 SUVs (Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL) due to potential fires associated with the driver's door module. Initially limited to 250,000 units sold or registered in 20 Snow Belt states (and the District of Columbia), the recall has now been expanded to include an additional 193,000 of these SUVs in the US and, according to The Detroit News, 40,000 more sold outside the US, including Canada and Mexico.
Like the original recall, the issue is still a faulty driver's door module that can short out, which could lead to a fire. The Detroit News is reporting that, out of the 443,000 units being recalled, GM says that there were 58 fires that caused 11 minor injuries, and the expanded recall accounted for six fires and one injury. Despite the lower number of fires, the recall notice recommends that owners park their vehicles until the recall repairs has been performed.
On recalled units with functional modules, the repair consists of a protective coating being applied to the module, while vehicles with modules that are not working properly will have the driver's door module replaced. The official recall notice is posted below, and it includes contact information for customers of all five brands.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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