Junkyard Gem: 1992 Isuzu Amigo

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Junkyard Gem: 1992 Isuzu Amigo

After some success, General Motors is small Faster recordings Shown as the Chevrolet LUV in North America (plus some Chevette-related Geminis labeled “Buick/Opel by Isuzu”. which confused everyone), Isuzu started selling vehicles here under its own name in the early 1980s. At first we just got it I-Mark subcompacts and P’up pickups. Then in 1984, the Trooper SUV came out and Isuzu entered the suburban commuter truck game in a big way. For the 1989 model year, the small Amigo three-door convertible SUV landed on our shores. Here’s one of the early trucks that was recently found still in poor condition at a San Francisco Bay Area self-service yard.

After Isuzu made a five-door and solid-top version, and was given a Rodeo badge in the process, the Amigo became more of an afterthought in the North American Isuzu world. Sales of the Amigo stopped here after 1995, then resumed in 1998-2000 (after that it became the three-door Rodeo Sport, then disappeared in 2003).

Beginning in 1996, Isuzu replaced its Amigo-platform pickup with a rebadged Chevy S-10. the Hombre. This meant that Spanish-speaking Isuzu buyers could be bothered by the prospect of buying the Friend or the Man. The Isuzu company itself was named after it a river in Mie Prefecture.

The Suzuki Samurai started the “cute-cute” craze in the 1986 model year, the Suzuki Sidekick/Geo Tracker Around the same time, irritating pastel colors and squiggly graphics became fashionable. This – and other unfortunate fads of the 1980s — continued in the 1990s (One person’s “irritating” and “misfortune” is another’s “delightful” – Ed).

This is the odometer not possible you’re right! I suspect a speedometer cable.

The engine is a 2.6-liter inline-four with 119 horsepower.

Unlike Honda’s VTEC, the variable cam timing system, which debuted in the 1989 Honda IntegraIsuzu’s I-TEC name just meant an electronic fuel injection system.

The Amigo’s only transmission for the first few years was a five-speed manual, which is what this truck has. This three-pedal setup limited the Amigo’s appeal to the small group of American drivers who were willing to use a clutch. The optional automatic became available from 1992. The Amigo was available with four-wheel drive, but this is the cheaper rear-wheel drive version.

This interior looks so good that maybe this Amigo really is did 57,000+ with odometer. California BAR vehicle inspection Smog Check history (by plugging in the chassis number) I see that it was last smog checked – and passed – in 2010. Something broke at maybe 18 and it sat in the garage until the last owner finally gave it up.

Which is a shame, because this little truck would have been a hit in Radwood.

This ad is for the second generation Amigo, but it’s a must-see for its homage the old Slinky ads.

Since almost every Isuzu (and Daewoo and Suzuki, for that matter) was sold under a different name in the sprawling GM empire of the 1990s, here’s an ad for the German-market Opel Frontera.

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