Isuzu Amigo climbing down stairs

Here's a blast from the past: The lovable Isuzu Amigo is being recalled. That's right, despite Isuzu having entirely departed the U.S. market two-and-a-half years ago, the company is still responsible for warranty and recall service on its vehicles. This one is complicated but potentially lucrative for owners, so if you're still rolling around in an Amigo, you might want to scroll down to read the full report. Even if you're not, scroll down to check out one of our favorite car commercials of all time for the second-generation Amigo.

The recall covers 1998-2001 Isuzu Amigos and Rodeo Sports originally sold or currently registered in the cold-weather states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky. The trucks are being recalled because rear suspension parts may detach from the frame on vehicles that have developed excessive corrosion, which of course, could lead to a crash. Four-door Isuzu Rodeos and their Honda Passport twins are not part of this recall campaign, but were covered by a different recall in 2010.

While we wonder just how many of the 11,221 Amigos and Rodeo Sports covered under this recall are still on the road, Isuzu service centers will be offering free repairs later this month. Note that for models that are over 10 years old, owners have 12 months from notification to present their truck at a dealer.

Now here's the kicker: If your Amigo or Rodeo Sport is so rusty that Isuzu can't fix the area with an anti-corrosive compound or a reinforcement bracket, they'll buy your vehicle back. The price is based on the Kelley Blue Book "Private Party" value, which would range from $3,000-$5,500 if the vehicle was in good shape. We assume, however, that vehicles with such large amounts of rust that they can't be repaired aren't going to fetch nearly that much. A 1999 Amigo with 130,000 miles in "Fair" condition, for instance, is only worth $1,951, according to KBB. Another potential hitch to the buyback scheme is that KBB does not provide values for vehicles in "Poor" condition. For more information on the recall, scroll down.



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Report Date : July 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V306000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
ISUZU / AMIGO 1998-2001
ISUZU / RODEO SPORT 2002
Manufacturer: ISUZU MANUFACTURING SERVICES OF AMERICA
Mfr's Report Date: JUN 29, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V306000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SUSPENSION:REAR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11,221

Summary:
ISUZU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 1998-2000 AMIGO AND MODEL YEAR 2001-2002 RODEO SPORT VEHICLES, THAT WERE ORIGINALLY SOLD, OR ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED, IN THE STATES OF MAINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, VERMONT, MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND, CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE, MARYLAND, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WEST VIRGINIA, OHIO, INDIANA, MICHIGAN, ILLINOIS, WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA, IOWA, MISSOURI, AND KENTUCKY. THESE VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE CORROSION IN THE VICINITY OF THE FORWARD MOUNTING POINT BRACKET FOR THE LEFT OR RIGHT REAR SUSPENSION LOWER LINK.

Consequence:
EXCESSIVE CORROSION MAY RESULT IN THE LEFT OR RIGHT REAR SUSPENSION LOWER LINK BRACKET BECOMING DETACHED FROM THE FRAME, WHICH CAN AFFECT VEHICLE HANDLING AND INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR SUSPENSION LOWER LINK BRACKET AREA. FOR VEHICLES IN WHICH LITTLE OR NO CORROSION IS FOUND, THE AREA WILL BE TREATED WITH AN ANTI-CORROSIVE COMPOUND. FOR VEHICLES IN WHICH CORROSION HAS DAMAGED THE REAR SUSPENSION LOWER LINK BRACKET AND AFFECTED ITS CONNECTION TO THE VEHICLE FRAME, A REINFORCEMENT BRACKET WILL BE INSTALLED. IN THE RARE EVENT THE CORROSION IS SO SEVERE THAT THE REINFORCEMENT BRACKET REMEDY WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE, ISUZU WILL OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE VEHICLE FOR AN AMOUNT BASED ON THE KELLEY BLUE BOOK "PRIVATE PARTY" PRICE. ALL INSPECTIONS AND REMEDIES WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE FOR VEHICLES THAT ARE 10 YEARS OLD OR LESS. FOR VEHICLES OLDER THAN 10 YEARS, ISUZU WILL OFFER A FREE REMEDY, BUT ONLY IF THE VEHICLE IS PRESENTED TO AN ISUZU SERVICE FACILITY DEALER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF WHEN OWNER NOTIFICATIONS WERE ISSUED. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING LATE JULY 2012. ISUZU OWNERS MAY CONTACT ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727.
Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-423 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.