So why Isuzu? To most people, Isuzu is a brand long forgotten, ruined in the US by a mishandled partnership with GM, and subsequently crushed by the bigger Japanese competition. But for some, the Isuzu cars and especially the light trucks, are an institution. An institution built on ruggedness, reliability, style and a little bit of desire to be different. True, it would be much easier, especially today, to just drive a Jeep or a Honda Civic. But for Isuzu fans, that is simply not an option. I guess you could call it "brand loyalty". But with Isuzu completely out of the passenger vehicle market in the United States, brand loyalty is quickly fading into nostalgia. And those few remaining Isuzu loyalists are feeling the pinch as parts become harder and harder to find. Despite this, Isuzu loyalty remains, even with no cup holders. For me, the obsession started with my 2001 VehiCROSS. I had been familiar with Isuzus for a long time, as my father worked for an Isuzu dealership in the early 1990s, and as a result, both my father and mother drove 2nd generation Isuzu Troopers. In fact, my mother still drives her original '96 Trooper daily. But it wasn't until I bought a lightly used 2001 VehiCROSS back in 2006, that my obsession took root. I had always liked the VX, ever since I saw my first one, but it wasn't until several years after their release that I found myself comfortably glued to a two-tone Recaro seat. That's all it took. From day one, I was hooked with VX Madness!
______After a few years of extreme enjoyment behind the wheel of my VehiCROSS, I decided it was time to "give it a rest", so to speak. After all, the VehiCROSS is a limited production halo vehicle with only about 4000 ever imported for the US market. That's when I began my hunt for a 1st generation Isuzu Trooper. The early Troopers are still in a league of their own. They are stoutly built, body on frame, wheeling machines. Their only downfall, would be their weak motors. But in their day, they were an efficient, practical, no-frills, work horse. I was drawn to the 1st generation Trooper because of their classic, boxy design, and their ultimate utilitarian style. I searched for about three months, and finally, a well kept 1991 Trooper popped up for sale. I wasted no time, and bought the truck on sight. After that, it was just a matter of customizing the vehicle to fit my needs. And with spending so much time and money on such an outdated vehicle, I am ultimately left owning a 1991 Isuzu Trooper that is worth far more than market value. I have no way to explain it, it's just Trooper Insanity!
______Only a year later, completely on a whim, I decided to test drive an old Isuzu Impulse that was for sale locally. Despite the car's rough shape, I was immediately in love with the little car, and I decided that I must have one. Within a month I took delivery of a beautiful, one owner 1987 Isuzu Impulse RS Turbo Special Edition. And now the challenging task begins to keep this car running and on the road. With slim parts availability, it will be a true test of my Isuzu loyalty. That's what I get for giving in to my impulses, my Impulse Compulsion!
______In May of 2009 I spotted a rare 1989 Isuzu Trooper RS parked at a bank. I left a note with an offer on the windshield but I never heard back. Two years later, the same Trooper RS came up for sale on Craigslist and tried to contact the seller and again never heard back. Then in early 2012, I spotted the same 1989 Isuzu Trooper RS in a different parking lot. Again I left a note on the windshield offering to buy the vehicle. But this time, the owner called back! We struck a deal over the phone and a couple weeks later the tired old Trooper RS was mine! After day dreaming about owning a 1st generation, short wheel base Trooper, my RS Dreams finally came true!

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