Junkyard Find: 1996 Isuzu Hombre

Some of the most interesting examples of GM badge engineering during the last few decades involved the Isuzu brand; first, the Chevrolet LUV pickup ( Isuzu Faster) arrived during the late 1970s, followed by the Chevrolet/Geo Spectrum ( Isuzu Gemini) and Geo Storm (Isuzu Impulse), and finally the Trailblazer-based Isuzu Ascender. Mixed in there was the Isuzu-ized second-gen Chevy S-10, also known as the Hombre.

You won’t find many Hombres in your local wrecking yard, but I kept my eyes open for one until this ’96 showed up in Denver.

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  • Jeanbaptiste At home with Level 2. I've used the supercharger network a few times on a single roadtrip without issue. Planned charging around food and if anything it usually charges before we're done eating. I typically do not even look for charging when out and about. With a 90% charge every night (~250 miles), there's never a need to seek out a charger during normal driving.
  • Redapple2 I think it s a nice looking car.
  • Kwik_Shift I'm glad that my wife's 2021 has the proven and reliable 2.5L 4 cyl. Great mpg, good power and no issues at 45,000 miles. Personally, the new 1.5 3 cyl turbo with VC is not yet proven. With that complexity, it may be costly to repair.
  • Redapple2 Good riddance to bad rubbish. Flawed from day 1.
  • Art Vandelay Mostly at home. Mine only does level 2 charging but very rarely do I actually use the 240v outlet…typically only if I'm home for a bit and heading back out. The office I go to a couple of times a week has 4 chargers…2 normal level 2 and 2 Tesla Destination chargers. After using them both I typically use the Tesla ones with an adapter cable. The standard chargers are in pretty bad shape with frayed cables (1 is currently broken). Other than that there is one at a library on the way home I can hit if I need a splash and go to get to the house which I have a couple of times. 20 minutes is enough there. I did solar on the house but I haven’t installed a battery yet so I don’t think much of that goes to the car since the majority of its home charging is at night (it does run the F150’s battery tender so I guess it technically charges a vehicle battery).it is something I put way less thought into than I thought I would prior to the purchase. You just need to match the vehicle to your use case. As there is much talk of golf carts on here, my club car charges 100 percent at home when it isn’t hauling logs about the yard.