Used 1998 Isuzu Amigo SUV

1998 Isuzu Amigo
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1998 Isuzu Amigo

Pros

  • Cool middle ground alternative to Jeep Wrangler and Toyota RAV4.

Cons

  • Not a lot of standard equipment on this truck.
Isuzu Amigo years
1998

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vehicle overview

The Amigo is Isuzu's reintroduction of a convertible SUV that was discontinued in 1995 due to a lack of sales. The new model shares nothing but a name with the model that it replaces.

Powering the Amigo is a four-cylinder engine or a choice V6. The V6 engine is the same one that is found under the hood of the Rodeo, and makes 205 horsepower for this engaging little drop-top. The four-cylinder engine powers the base two- and four-wheel drive models. It makes 130 horsepower and 144 foot-pounds of torque.

All Amigos are available with a long list of options including four-wheel antilock brakes, air conditioning, skid plates and big alloy wheels. A limited slip differential can be had on four-wheel drive models.

While we have yet to sample one of these trucks, we think that we might like it. We're a sucker for the Jeep Wrangler convertible, and the Amigo looks like it was developed using the same recipe book.

1998 Highlights

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.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1998 Isuzu Amigo.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

The Amigo is NO friend of Mine
ETDragons,03/27/2004
I have a 1998 Amigo with 50k miles. From a truck that is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, It has given me nothing but grief. I only wish there was a word more powerful than horrendous to describe Isuzu's customer service and they way they treat their "Valued" customers. Quick rundown, transmission went on me exactly 2 months after the 5 yr wrnty expired, no help from isuzu, Check engine light on since 30k miles, pass window wont roll down, ac went, radio broke, suspension squeaks, rear seat broke, bumper cracked, intake gasket went, o2 sensors went, catalytic converters went. All I can say is the Amigo, is no friend of mine. Nor is Isuzu.
Was the most fun I have ever had driving
My former friend,07/25/2010
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.
Best Unit beyond a Jeep
Philscbx,07/23/2008
I plow snow for a living, so I need to be out in the worst of it at any moment. This guy cares less what the weather is, it just plows through deep sloppy snow where others are still at the light wondering what just flew by them. I would not trade for anything less. My soft top never rattles at 90 mph. The V6 5 speed will out run anything on the road with comparable V6 in this class. I also have the GMC Sonoma 4x4, and I get better mileage and pulling power for the snowmobile trailer enclosed with the Amigo. The Amigo can easily out run the 4.3 of the GMC.
Pass on the Amigo!
wuggles13,11/12/2004
Inferior dealer service and poor Isuzu warranty! After 8 months the red paint started to fade bad, dealer would not correct. At 20K engine had bad intake leak, continuous stalling any the alarm was now going off when ever it wanted. Switch for heated mirrors was also replaced 3x. At 30K, 4wd would not engage when it was cold out(when you need it most), dealer couldn't fix. Over-acting ABS, no good in the rain. At 50K I had to have it repainted, out of my pocket because the truck was now pink! At 60K the engine developed a major oil leak. Will never buy a Isuzu/GM product again...
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Features & Specs

MPG
18 city / 22 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
130 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
18 city / 21 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
130 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 19 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
205 hp @ 5400 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Poor

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Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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