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1998 Isuzu Amigo SUV

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Isuzu Amigo Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Isuzu Amigo

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Cool middle ground alternative to Jeep Wrangler and Toyota RAV4.

  • Cons

    Not a lot of standard equipment on this truck.

  • What's New for 1998

    Isuzu reintroduces its convertible sport-utility after a three-year hiatus. This model comes with a modest four-cylinder engine, but the powerful V6 from the Rodeo is available and turns this 4WD droptop into a screamer.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Not bad for the buck

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV w/Soft Top

The Amigo is a pretty fun car to drive as far as simplicity and tightness. The 4 cylinder lacks some power, but can take off when necessary. I have the most basic model, but I like how it's readily made for the V6 and 4WD, but the hard suspension made for this type is a little too hard for a smooth ride. I don't like how the engine taps loudly when it's cold, over 2000 rpms sound horrible at cold, but sounds fine after heating up. The weathering from typical New England cause the soft top to harden and very difficult to use. The 2WD model is bad in the snow and slides very easily (except I like to slide, its fun). Overall, it's fun to start with, but a little embarrasing for school.




Got my money's worth

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV w/Soft Top

Paid only $13,300 new for basic version of this SUV; 4 cylinder 5 speed. Clutch went early at only 29K miles and that with mostly freeway driving after rush hour. I spilled oil on engine and due to design soaked plugs. Overall though been good vehicle and inexpensive to maintain.




'98 isuzu amigo

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV w/Soft Top

This vehicle has been bulletproof to 55,000 miles.No major mech prob,int/ext body hardware is holding up well.Plastic windows getting worn.Only work done other than Isuzu recalls and service bulletins was: new batt,frnt brake pads @ 50K mi, and tires @ 55K.Under warr the windsheild washer pump and radio were rpl.The dealer I purchased the vehicle from,Pitre Isuzu in Scottsdale was and still is horrible.I have been completely satisfied with Chapman Isuzu in Tempe since then.The ride qual is what you should expect from a short wheelbase utility vehicle.Performance from the 4-cyl is adequate until the a/c is turned on,then pretty tepid.




Never been happy

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV w/Soft Top

Purchased in '98, very happy with the price and the dealership. I loved my Amigo at first, however, the problems started about 6 weeks after I purchased it. The starter and ignition have been replaced so many times that I cant remember. Constant humming noise, and misc. parts have been unresolved since I drove off the lot with only 3 miles. The starting problem has never been fixed correctly although I have brought it to 4 different Isuzu Dealerships. Overall, I loved the look of the vehicle but I don't like the headaches caused by being stranded too many times




Amigo

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV w/Soft Top

This has been a great SUV to date. The timing belt snapped at 56,000 miles, but that was due to the adjuster. Isuzu replaced the engine for free, so can't complain there. Looking forward to driving this truck for many years to come. Great all weather handling; recently got to test it out driving through 2ft of snow, handled like a charm.




Be ready for repairs

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV w/Soft Top

In 90,000 miles I've rebuilt the transmission(2 times), and replaced the clutch(4 times), the catlytic converter, and the entire engine. Also, small interior parts, like the seat levers, sunshade brackets, the accelerator pedal, and little peices I find under the seat but can't figure what they go to, fall off constantly.



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Full 1998 Isuzu Amigo Review

What's New for 1998

Isuzu reintroduces its convertible sport-utility after a three-year hiatus. This model comes with a modest four-cylinder engine, but the powerful V6 from the Rodeo is available and turns this 4WD droptop into a screamer.

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Talk About The 1998 Amigo

1998 Isuzu Amigo Discussions See all Started By

raydahs
raydahs
07-10-2004
Isuzu 1998-2001 Amigo, 1998-2001 Rodeo/Sport, 1998-2001 Trooper...


ryanendres
ryanendres
10-19-2001
was released last august (2000) and covers all Amigos 1998-2000 (and I would guess this problem will continue into more model years) and may also affect ground P6. If you experience these problems (t...


atfdmike
atfdmike
06-29-2006
1998 Trooper (UX) / Rodeo (UE) / Amigo...



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