1991 Isuzu Amigo Review

1991 Isuzu Amigo 2.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.6L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

It takes a beating, but keeps on ticking

Faults:

The clutch was replaced almost immediately after it was purchased costing close to $250.00 to fix.

The driver seat has significant wear.

Control knobs are easy to remove.

General Comments:

This truck has been a real treat to own. I have had no major mechanical problems. This is extraodinary considering I almost drove this vehicle for 10,000 miles without the changing the oil (one a regular bases. I really abused this truck. I never did routine mainetance and constantly went on long road trips. The body was in excellent condition, however I really neglected the mechanical mainetance. Through it all I only experienced normal wear and tear to the interior.

It was not the most comfortable vehicle to drive, but what do you expect from a 4x4.

Due to tops on these trucks (soft top) it is easy to break into. I had my "Best Top" stolen in my own yard, even with the alarm on. The canvas top was about $450.00 to replace.

My truck did not have an air condition motor in it when I purchased it, which made the summers almost unbearable even with the top off.

The one thing I really liked about my Amigo is it is easy to make it stand out. With the right accessories this can be a mean looking little SUV. I had a brush guard, Nerf bars, custom rims and some aggressive tread tires. It was sharp looking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2004

15th Feb 2005, 11:31

I just bought a 91 Amigo for 1,800.00. Has 143k on it, it's a little beat up, but seems to run pretty good. It does have an annoying squeak in the rear, I don't think it's the brakes, as they seem to be OK and it only squeaks at speeds of 35+mph. Overall, the little truck does great. I've had it in the snow, and the 4x4 drive works wonderful, even better than some newer 4x4 such as Jeep Liberty and Explorer Sport Trac. I'm not too crazy about the top, its in great shape, but it takes forever to take off or just get into the rear access door of the truck. The stick it somewhat different, much lower than a Nissan or Mazda. For its age, it feels like a durable truck! I also like the flooring as it is not cloth, rather plastic/vynil. I'm hoping to work on it in the summertime and get it in great condition. Still not sure about the gas mileage though.

Josh.

91amigo@westlakeva.net.

14th Mar 2006, 14:46

91 Isuzu Amigo-

So I liked the 91 Isuzu Amigo so much that I went out and bought another one. This time a 2000 Ironman Edition. This one has about 50k miles on it and runs great. Taking it out in the back woods was a blast. I even pulled out a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that got stuck in the mud! Wish Isuzu would still make these things, I'd buy another one. The only reason I went with a 2000 is b/c that's the last year they called it Amigo, they changed the name to Rodeo Sport and then discontinued it in 2003/04. My only issue with the 91 model so far is that it didn't have a back seat and the soft top can be a pain to remove sometimes.

Josh

23rd Jan 2009, 14:56

Has been an incredible little truck. I bought brand new in 1991 and it's still going! Over 265,000 miles on it without any major problems, just the standard "wear and tear" - clutch, battery, etc. I have been very impressed with this vehicle!

30th Jun 2010, 18:23

My 1991 2.6L Isuzu Amigo has about 139,000 miles on it, and still runs like a champ. It has so many years left in it. I'm getting a new paint job, seat covers, and detailing, because there's nothing out there being sold that really could replace it.

The only major problems were a cracked manifold and fuel pump wiring that became corroded and caused a couple of fuel pumps to burn out early on.

I recently took it in for a tune-up for the biannual smog test. It had been two years since the last tune-up. The guy called me back in the afternoon and said, "You can pick it up. It doesn't need tuning."

So there you go.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review