1998 Isuzu Amigo Reviews from North America

1998 Isuzu Amigo 2.2 Gasoline

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2 Gasoline Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired53500 miles
Most recent distance77596 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Great Car!!!

Faults:

Under body rust when purchased.

Right CV boot replaced shortly after purchase, then the left CV boot replaced about a year later.

Starter replaced in the Spring of 2006 and then during the Winter of 2008.

Replaced the Soft-top due to wear.

General Comments:

First off, since this is a 4x4, the Amigo's 4x4 performance on sand really surprises me. I don't even have to let the air out of the tires to drive on sand, however that would increse traction on the sand. It doesn't bog down in the sand when I let off the gas, and I've yet to get stuck. It is great on snow, and unless it's really deep, I don't need 4x4. Mud isn't much of a challenge either however, it would require the use of 4x4.

Mine has a 2.2 liter sized engine, compared to other SUV's on the road that is small. However, I do average about 25-26mpg during the summer, so that does keep a smile on my face, considering where gas prices are going nowadays (Note: Most of my driving is on the highway).

Another thing that I like about this car is that its great for surfing; I can just slide my surf board in through the open soft-top and take it to the beach.

I would definitely buy another! I will honestly miss this car, when I eventually will have to part with it. Isuzu did a great job in the design and manufacture of the Isuzu Amigo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2008

11th May 2008, 11:54

Interesting review with all the negative postings. My V6 with only 100,000 miles when bought uses oil every 250 miles. Inflating the tires to max pressure and replacing plugs does nothing to improve 21 miles per gallon. I too had to replace the starter and what a problem! Remove the exhaust, rusty bolts ughhh. c clamp hold the manifold up because the stud broke off. A real good auto store sells them - Car Quest in my neck of the woods not NAPA.

4th Apr 2013, 12:24

You are right, for surfing it was amazing. I'm going to miss my car so bad.... great car.

1998 Isuzu Amigo

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo

Summary:

This would not be my first choice for a long term vehicle

Faults:

Had lots of little stuff happen, but every repair seems to cost more than on other vehicles I've owned. The sun roof cover broke off after one year (never replaced it). All the plastic knobs on the seat adjuster have fallen or broken off. More small stuff too numerous to mention.

Brakes went earlier than expected.

Had to replace a engine sensor/chip recently.

The big repair came just recently at 67000 miles. The Amigo was idling roughly and almost killing. Had it diagnosed as the timing belt. If you check the Internet, it is a very common problem at this mileage and it is NOT a cheap fix even though the belt itself is.

General Comments:

It is a cute vehicle with some up side, but after 50000 miles, all bets are off. Save some money for the repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th July, 2007

1998 Isuzu Amigo

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carFord Festiva

Summary:

Fun car to drive, but can be expensive and unreliable if problems occur

Faults:

Then at 80,000 my Amigo did not start, at which time I replaced the starter. At 90,000 I had a series of events that all involved electronics. Once again, the car did not start. It would not even crank over. Cold start or warm start, it had not rhyme or reason. I replaced the battery, a few cables, the clutch, the clutch interrupter switch, fuses, the ignition switch, and even had a hot wire installed to by-pass any switches that may be bad. I think that it was the clutch interrupter switch the whole time. I have not had any issues with it since I had that replaced 2 weeks ago.

I also had the rear main seal and the upper and lower oil pan gaskets replaced due to heavy leakage. When they replaced the clutch they also replaced the fly wheel with a reconditioned one.

General Comments:

I love the way it looks and the way it handles on and off the road. When everything is running OK it is very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th May, 2005

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews