1992 Isuzu Amigo Reviews

1992 Isuzu Amigo Sport 2.6 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired207000 miles
Most recent distance208000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Range Rover

Summary:

Good looking, capable 4wd

Faults:

All this has happened in the first two weeks of purchase. This is called an Isuzu Amigo here in the United States.

The water pump is leaking from the weep holes, and the radiator cap was leaking.

Rough idle..

The starter solenoid is going out and is temperamental with a click, and then after several tries will start.

The O2 sensor light is on in the dash.

The down pipe from the header is broken and sounds like crap!

Everything else is tip top... so far and I'm not complaining considering the age of the car.

General Comments:

The 2.6 gasoline engine is a bit weak for such a car of this size. But I have no trouble on the American Interstate traveling at 70mph.

I am having trouble finding aftermarket stuff like brush guards and roof racks.

I plan on re-badging it with Frontera badges. And restoring it completely!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2008

1992 Isuzu Amigo 2.6 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance172874 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Good running and reliable

Faults:

Only problems I have had thus far is replacing the clutch and the clutch cableat about 169,000.

General Comments:

Runs great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2006

1992 Isuzu Amigo XS 2.6L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.6L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired173278 miles
Most recent distance205598 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

One of only a few in Canada

Faults:

So far since I owned this vehicle, Only the water pump blew at 186000 miles, Alternator belt broke, and O2 sensor needed to be replaced. Also the steering is loose, and the motor looses oil (but no puddles under the truck). When I bought the amigo, I spent over $1500 to safety it. This truck is not meant for snow. It slides like nothing on snow covered roads, making it a nerve racking ride.

General Comments:

This is an excellent truck. I bought it used from my aunt. She was the only owner. I love the Amigo. I have never been stuck in mud or snow (its only 2wd). After I changed the air filer and the O2 sensor it flew through the Ontario's Drive Clean Program.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2004

1992 Isuzu Amigo 2.3 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance161000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

It will take care of you if you take care of it

Faults:

The transmission went out at 140K miles. It cost a little over $950.00 for a rebuild.

The engine threw a rod at 161K miles. My mechanic can't find a used or re-manufactured engine in our area. The closest one he can find is in Colorado (we're in Georgia) and will cost $2200.00. The dealership wanted $4000.00 for the parts alone with another $600.00 in labor.

General Comments:

Despite the fact that the big things with this vehicle are big and costly I miss my Amigo. All in all it was a great little SUV.

It was extremely reliable and didn't kill me financially with lots of "little things" constantly breaking down.

When I was the primary driver I rarely had a moments trouble with my Amigo, but once my husband started driving it we were rushing headlong toward the end of its lifespan.

Georgia in the summer is HOT and in town driving meant turning the air conditioner off when I had to sit for longer than a red light (i.e. drive through window).

My biggest complaint is that parts are extremely high and most of them have to be ordered from the dealer (which explains the extremely high part).

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

Review Date: 19th September, 2002

30th May 2004, 17:30

Your truck threw a rod because you did not adjust them didn't you read that in the manual?

2nd Oct 2004, 19:02

Whaaaaaaaaaaat? The rod she is referring to is the piston connecting rod. Common reasons for "throwing a rod" is over revving, lack of proper lubrication (due to oil pump failure), or just worn out.

2nd May 2006, 20:37

My amigo has over 227500 miles on it and still goin strong.

15th Mar 2010, 21:03

I have a 1994 Amigo with 265,000 miles, and it's still going strong with no problems in the last 5 years. These are zero tolerance engines, and will withstand a lot more abuse than most engines.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews