1989 Isuzu Amigo Reviews from North America

1989 Isuzu Amigo SX

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Fun SUV, way better than a Jeep!

Faults:

At 120,000, the differential seized up. It was spend 4 grand or get another car. Sad, sad day, I actually was in love with my Amigo.

General Comments:

I bought this SUV when my Grand Am was getting beat up in the wooded acreage that I had just bought. I knew that I had to get a more rugged vehicle, as I was going to build a cabin and needed to tow logs.

Like a fool, I bought mine without AC, never again. Even with that minor glitch, I loved that thing, very fun to drive, and plow through snow, mud, and whatever came my way.

The drawback was the soft top (never again!), and if it had a hard top, I might have gone to the expense and replaced the transmission, just to keep the vehicle. The tops shrink at a constant rate, and I had to actually buy a new one halfway through the 10 years I owned it. Still, a great SUV and a lot of fun.

Also, NEVER burned oil at all, fantastic engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2011

1989 Isuzu Amigo XS Sport not sure

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission not sure Manual
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Amigo

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

Had to put in a new clutch.

General Comments:

It was a great car I loved it so much very reliable, but recently I was in a car accident and flipped it (not my fault) no one was hurt and it did great it doesn't look too bad, but unfortunately it doesn't run anymore and I miss it very much it was an great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2005

1989 Isuzu Amigo XS

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance178500 miles
Previous carIsuzu I-Mark

Summary:

I never want to drive another car

Faults:

Master Brake Cylinder at 178,000

Exhaust System at 140,000

Clutch 100,000

Top replaced twice.

General Comments:

I drove my Amigo (BESSY) off the showroom floor in 1989. I have loved and cared for her - the first 5 years extremely well, and then not as well after that. When I bought it they told me it took all Isuzu pickup truck parts, which has held true EXCEPT for the exhaust system. I spend between $500 to $1000 (avg) per year on maintenance, which is still better than a car payment. My only real complaint has been the top - they don't last more than 4 years, and they are dirty to install and take off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2003

4th Jun 2010, 15:45

I just bought a used 1989 Isuzu Amigo SX. ALL original except for the aftermarket offroading BFG tires and custom bead lock rims, front prerunner bumper and rear and raised a few inches (I don't recommend lifting an Amigo, mistake).

Overall I agree with you on what you said about the Amigo; awesome truck, I paid $3,000 dollars for it and put $1,000 dollars in changing the fluids and belts to make sure it runs great. Love offroading it in Yucca Valley c.a. in the desert LOL... Amigo # 1.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 3 reviews