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Isuzu Amigo Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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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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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Was the most fun i

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV 4WD

First off, I loved my amigo. Even through having to replace the starter once, alternator 3 times (kept getting bad rebuilt parts), and a bad piston ruining the engine at 136,000 miles. It was the most fun I have ever had driving, and I have had 14 cars and 2 motorcycles. It was a tank, and with the gray bumpers and the spare tire on the back I avoided any visible bumps from other cars and such. The 4 cyl sucks gas like a hummer, but is very very secure. You never feel like you are losing control. I am trying to find another amigo to buy, because I miss my old one. It just costs more to replace an engine than to buy another vehicle.




Love my amigo

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV 4WD

Bought 13 Nov 1998. Today is 23 Sep 2008. Someone asked to buy, but I refused. Total mileage is now over 115K. Yokohama tires reduced the small vibration from the Good Year tires. In 2004, I had the clutch rebuilt for $1000. In spring 2007, the geardrive oddly out of oil got noisy, and Ford-WPB fixed for $1500. Then, the engine overheated at idle; for $600, Ford changed the oxygen sensor, and diagnostics tests for loss of power and A/C not cooling. I declined the $1500 A/C work; Tires-Plus reconnected the radiator return hose in the overflow, for the $20 check test; They recharged the A/C which is now fine! Soft top needs refreshed, no longer in overnight garage since 2003.




Broken 98 amigo

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV 4WD

I really, really want to like this vehicle, but I am so upset at my dealer for the nagging little warranty issues that have plagued my Isuzu since we took delivery of it in 2002. Namely the transfer case won't stay in 4wd. I can't keep a set of front tires on it to save my life, little plastic interior parts love to fall off (i just gave up on this), the water pump gave up at 41000 miles, the timing belt tensioner, around the same time. Oh yes, and did I mention that Isuzu changed the name to Rodeo Sport? That just knocked about 3000 bucks off my trade-in, or it would have been gone long ago. The only thing I like is the body style. It's getting a vortec 350/auto trans this winter...




Summer and winter fun

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV 4WD

Bought my Amigo in June of 98. Since then, the only major problem was the timing belt breaking, ruining the little 4 cylinder. This was at 65,000 miles. Guess what? Isuzu replace it for FREE due to a tensioner recall. The only other issue is the radio volume button is stripped or something. Other than that, it's been a fun summer drop top and a great winter vehicle with the 4X4. The 5 speed works great witht he little engine. Just row through the gears and have a blast in the sand and snow.




'98 amigo

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV 4WD

Best value in its class. More visibility than the RAV or Honda's model. Very fun to drive and does well in the snow!




The story of ryan's amigo

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Vehicle: 1998 Isuzu Amigo S 2dr SUV 4WD

The interior is layed out very well, as it basic, yet flawless. There is room for 6 soda cans and plenty of storage space. The glove box is generous in size. The seats are very comfortable, the pedals are sufficient in size. The exterior is very nice. The drivetrain is excellent. I purchased this amigo with a 130HP I-4 GM-made 2.2L DOHC engine that is suffuicient in rural Iowa. It is a little slow in large city traffic, such as Dallas or Minneapolis, however, it is a stick and that gives the driver enough control that an I-4 is sufficient in this vehicle. Great off-road with its full underbody skit plates. Great SUV



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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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