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#3453394 - 08/12/14 11:47 AM Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse?
Benzadmiral Offline


Registered: 10/12/05
Posts: 4110
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I used to see these cars now and then when they were new, back in the late '80s and early '90s. They looked fast, and I was always fascinated with the control blocks (http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/4/525/4769/38812384044_original.jpg?v=0) that flanked the steering wheel -- an early version of the controls-in-the-wheel that so many cars have now.

They're rarer than dinosaur fur now, I gather. Anybody have one? Were they fun to drive and easy to keep up, or total money pits?
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#3453414 - 08/12/14 12:02 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
opus1 Offline


Registered: 12/13/04
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The Eagle Premier/Dodge Monaco twins also used this sort of control stack. Other than this bit of trivia, I can't add anything else, so I'll bow out now... grin
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#3453478 - 08/12/14 12:47 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
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Registered: 12/30/06
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My car has those similar style control pods on each side of the steering wheel. Left has the headlights,foglights,cruise control,etc. Right has the digital automatic AC/climate controls and readouts,and windshield wiper controls.
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#3453489 - 08/12/14 12:52 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
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Registered: 02/27/12
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lusted after one in the mid 90s near one of my childhood friends house for exactly the same reason, nice shape and that dash.
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#3453492 - 08/12/14 12:54 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
Volvohead Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3550
Loc: SE Pa
Originally Posted By: Benzadmiral
I used to see these cars now and then when they were new, back in the late '80s and early '90s. They looked fast, . . .


Fast? They were faster than a speeding bullet!



As I recall, they weren't bad cars, but not quite in the same league as the best Toyotas and Hondas of that era. Part of the second-tier Japanese makers of that time, with Subaru and Mazda. All were fairly well assembled. They were nicely styled as well.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/features/web-originals/features-web-originals-six-forgotten-isuzus

I think the hardest part with owning one today would be sourcing high quality parts.

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#3453494 - 08/12/14 12:56 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
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#3453520 - 08/12/14 01:10 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
My grandparents had an iMark or something like that. I recall those controls and fonts on the labeling, but not the pods like that.

Interesting.

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#3453549 - 08/12/14 01:30 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 7864
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Isuzu had some cool vehicles for sure. How about the VehiCROSS, and Axiom? Both pretty much flopped, yet there's so many vehicles on the road today that are similar- especially to the Axiom.

I had a 2002 Rodeo and had some other 'late model' Rodeos and Troopers in the family. I miss that Rodeo!


Edited by JTK (08/12/14 01:38 PM)
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#3453553 - 08/12/14 01:33 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 12635
Loc: apple valley, ca
i still get calls looking for rads for those occasionally
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#3453555 - 08/12/14 01:35 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: 05LGTLtd]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
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Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: 05LGTLtd


XT was my first car!!! It was slow with 90HP but cheap and reliable in college for a $1000 car.

The Impulse I remember was AWD and turbo, fun ride I was interested in but never bit on.
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#3453571 - 08/12/14 01:50 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
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Registered: 06/27/11
Posts: 592
Loc: Kansas City, MO
IIRC, GM also sold a reduced-feature version as the Geo Storm. A friend had a Storm in grad school, and it was a pretty solid car.
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#3453593 - 08/12/14 02:16 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
Bladecutter Offline


Registered: 02/21/11
Posts: 1004
Loc: Dacono, CO
Originally Posted By: Benzadmiral
I was always fascinated with the control blocks (http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/4/525/4769/38812384044_original.jpg?v=0) that flanked the steering wheel -- an early version of the controls-in-the-wheel that so many cars have now.


Pontiac was doing it around the same time range:



BC.
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#3453595 - 08/12/14 02:17 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Benzadmiral]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
I had an old Citroen CX Pallas with a similar dash, this is a old 70's GSA.
The rocker switch for the indicators took some getting use to.

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#3453609 - 08/12/14 02:27 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: Bladecutter]
leeharvey418 Offline


Registered: 08/05/11
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Loc: Southeast Michigan
Originally Posted By: Bladecutter
Pontiac was doing it around the same time range:

Sweet mother, that's hideous...
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#3453617 - 08/12/14 02:34 PM Re: Anybody ever have an Isuzu Impulse? [Re: leeharvey418]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
Posts: 7233
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: leeharvey418
Originally Posted By: Bladecutter
Pontiac was doing it around the same time range:

Sweet mother, that's hideous...


Pontiac always was on the fine line of "style" vs hideous. They seemed to sell especially that grand Am car.

Ode to plastic cladding and tacky dashes.


Edited by rjundi (08/12/14 02:35 PM)
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