Isuzu Amigo

Most likely consumers have never heard of the Isuzu Amigo. That is completely understandable. The Isuzu MU Wizard was a mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle made by Japan based manufacturer Isuzu. The Isuzu Amigo was a slightly shorter, two-door version of the MU Wizard and was also available with a removable soft-top. The Isuzu Amigo was renamed the Rodeo Sport before it was dropped from the product line a few years later. Nevertheless, the MU Wizard product line was introduced in 1990 as a 1991 model, and it ceased production in 2004. Over the years, Isuzu manufactured several variations to the Wizard that were for sale in other countries. In the United States, the popular version was called the Rodeo. As is customary, Honda, Opel and Holden all sold rebadged versions of this vehicle. The Isuzu Rodeo version was manufactured at Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., now known as Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., in Lafayette, Indiana. Oddly enough, there seems to be some discussion about the correct pronunciation of the 'Rodeo' name, although one would think it was a pretty easy word to pronounce. Nevertheless, Isuzu was rumored to prefer the 'ro-DEE-o' pronunciation to 'ro-DAY-o'. Granted, it seems very unlikely that anyone even uses the latter pronunciation. Come on, this is a car, not a street in Los Angeles. Anyhow, back to business, the vehicle was still considered an import, as 75 percent of its parts were made overseas. By 1993, an Isuzu 3.2 L V6 engine became available, as well as a Family II 4-cylinder from Holden. Whether one calls it the Isuzu Amigo or the Rodeo, it still had a fairly long production run and has amazingly upheld a positive reputation long after most models begin to have mechanical problems. This of course is a somewhat rare occurrence and is well worth noting.