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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=34916
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 13  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 08-23-2004
View Stats Category: Other Vehicle
Gather 'round children, and you'll hear a tale. A tale of a forgotten car. This is the story of the Isuzu Oasis.


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8-23-2004 @ 07:51:28 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
At one point in the late 20th century, two companies were at a crossroads.
The mighty Honda corporation had some fine, reliable vehicles, but did not have a vehicle to compete in the growing sport-utility vehicle class. But, they did not have much experience with trucks or driveshafts for RWD vehicles.
On the other end of the spectrum, there was the smaller Isuzu company, who had a great lineup of trucks, but did not have a car-like minivan to call their own.

The Isuzu company and the mighty Honda corporation crossed paths one day, and they found that they could come to a symbiotic relationship, but it would not last long.

Isuzu agreed to give Honda a rebadged version of their Rodeo, and that came to be the Passport.
Honda, being the larger corporation, did not make the deal balanced. Honda took their recently-replaced 1st generation Odyssey minivan, and let Isuzu have the design, so that they could have a minivan.

8-23-2004 @ 07:51:45 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
This, my children, was the Isuzu Oasis. It was a good minivan, but slightly outdated.

8-23-2004 @ 09:06:20 PM
Posted By : Adambomb Reply | Edit | Del
NYC uses these as Taxis or used to. now all their Minivan taxis appear to be new Toyotas

8-23-2004 @ 09:11:02 PM
Posted By : ambientFLIER Reply | Edit | Del
yeah...smart idea, use a 2.0-liter 140hp minivan as a taxi

8-23-2004 @ 09:13:59 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#4, I don't know if you're being sarcastic or not, but I think it's a fantastic idea for a Taxi...it's not quick, but in city traffic, you don't really need to be.

I would think this van, and it's sibling, the 1st gen Odyssey would be better than modern minivans for taxis... swing out doors are a bit easier, IMO, and wouldn't have the tendency to start sticking with age.

8-23-2004 @ 09:17:15 PM
Posted By : ambientFLIER Reply | Edit | Del
#5, i duno, if you ever rode in a nyc taxi...they need all the speed they can get, the drivers slingshot all over and haul ass in some parts especially if you pay them extra

8-23-2004 @ 09:42:46 PM
Posted By : DA_MAISTA Reply | Edit | Del
#6, So they have strokers, superchargers and turbos in their cabs? Are they pushing the NAWWWS-button for some extra 30 bucks?

8-23-2004 @ 09:44:32 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#7, You reminded me of that new movie coming out "TAXI" with Queen Latifah and that dumbshit from SNL... the movie looks REALLY bad. The trailer for the movie itself was boring and utterly stupid.

8-23-2004 @ 09:47:08 PM
Posted By : DA_MAISTA Reply | Edit | Del
#8, I am sure, it is not as bad as the two european "Taxi" movies. They were french IIRC and featured a horribly riced out white Peugot-taxi.

Edit: Queen Latifah? okok... at least as bad...

[Edited by DA_MAISTA on 8-23-2004 @ 09:47:55 PM]

8-23-2004 @ 09:49:49 PM
Posted By : stang392 Reply | Edit | Del
#8, but the crown vic did look pretty sweet IMO

8-23-2004 @ 09:53:04 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#10, Actually...I thought it looked really riced out...but that's just me.

4-24-2008 @ 11:11:18 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
THere's one of these in town here, I see it every night when I'm on parking lot patrol

4-24-2008 @ 11:14:51 PM
Posted By : Adambomb Reply | Edit | Del
Damn, I remember these from New York in 1999 (for some reason most of the minivan cabs were Oasiseseseseses despite the fact that Oddysseys far outsold them)

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