The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on September 21, 1991 · Page 43
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 43

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EDITOR: ALAN VONDERHAAR, 369-1730 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1991 SECTION E Automobiles Recreational vehicles Boats n Trucks Motorcycles Vans 240 S X coupe gets needed power boost 1 Pressure test may pinpoint roughness BY BILL GORDON Orlando Sentinel Question: My 1982 high-mileage Plymouth Reliant with a 2.2-liter engine runs very rough when cold. The gas mileage also has dropped to about 20 mpg. The spark plugs, ignition wires, distributor cap and rotor checked out OK. What do you suggest? Answer: Check the carburetor base. Perhaps it's leaking. If not, run a compression test, both wet and dry. When warm, the dry test should average 130 to 140 pounds of compression per cylinder. Any cylinder below that pressure on both tests has leaking valves. Q: The interior lights in my new Honda have mysteriously begun burning after the car has been parked. The dealer has been unable to duplicate the problem. Can you offer a solution? A: The lights burn when the door or doors are opened. A spring-loaded, automatic switch is located on the "A" post at the front doors. It completes the ground, and the interior lights burn. You probably have a defective switch or a bare wire in the circuit that is grounding, perhaps somewhere near the door. The "A" post holds the front-door hinges, while the "B" post holds rear hinges on four-door models. Q: The headlights on my 1989 Honda fail after 35 to 40 minutes. They turn on again after the car has cooled. A $300 replacement switch didn't correct the problem. Please help me solve this mystery. A: No mystery. The headlight relay located on the inner-front fender panel near the battery is the most common cause of this problem. Have it checked and replaced (Please see CLINIC, Page E-3) 1 5 more horses bring it closer to its potential BY ALAN VONDERHAAR The Cincinnati Enquirer Nissan is headed in the right direction with the 240 SX sport coupe. When the car was introduced two seasons back, much was made of the fact that a deliberate limitation on horsepower was engineered into it. It started with 140, enough for a lively feel in a 2,600-pound car, but disappointing in light of the car's exceptionally fine handling. The crisp responsiveness of the well-balanced rear-driver seemed hampered by its inability to power out of turns it was capable of taking with considerable elan. Story was that the car was aimed at the youth market, and the throttling down of power was demanded by insurers to allow them to set affordable rates on a vehicle that might otherwise be expected to further derange the hormonal set. After a year of watching a lot of potential buyers wander over to the Ford lot for five-liter Mustangs, Nissan dropped a 16-valve head in place of the old 12-val-ver, thereby upping the ante by 15 ponies. Still a little shy, I'd say, because the price and the weight have gone up. The chassis engineering is so fine that the lack of power is tantalizing. The car feels darty and a little nervous at first, but you soon realize that that is just because you've become accustomed to front-wheel-drive, over-assisted numbness. This car wants to be driven, and rewards attentiveness with instant, unquestioning obedience. The standard suspension gives a comfortable ride, with little tendency toward harshness. The SE coupe I borrowed was saddled with an automatic, another attempt to expand sales. It's a four-speed overdrive box, and pretty good, but it can't match the fun of the standard, five-speed do-it-yourselfer. You'd pick up at least a second in 0-60 time by declining this option, which wouldn't hurt either. Instrumented l 1 Redesigned in 1991, the Nissan 240 SX coupe is on the right engineering track to allow power to catch up with handling. Playoff 5 Judgment cails f 1 .. ) " Vital statistics Base price: $16,805 Price as tested: $19,975 Wheelbase: 97.4 Inches Overall length: 178 inches Curb weight: 2,728 lbs. Passengers: 22 Test mileage: 22.3 mpg Engine: 2.4L 1-4 16V Transmission: 4A Ride: Good Handling: Delicious Acceleration: Peppy Braking: Very good Fit and finish: Very good Noise level: Moderate Overall Impression: Good way to sample joys of rear-wheel drive Alan Vonderhaar Taking a spin enough. A fair amount of lumbar support is built in, but one looks for more adjustability in the $20,000 price range. My foot had a tendency to slip off the slick, smallish accelerator pedal. In analyzing the problem, I determined that this was caused by having to cant my right leg to the left to avoid an ineptly placed parking brake. This would probably induce a nice cramp on a long trip. The same engineer must have decided (Please see NISSAN, Page E-3) 6-footer. It would be a near thing even without the roof cutout, I fear. The optional leather seats these added by a local custom shop were comfortable and grippy and just snug testing of five-speed cars shows the mile-a-minute pace can be achieved in a zippy 8 seconds or so. The test car had a power moonroof, which made headroom too tight for this '91 PREVIA VAN CLOSEOUT '91 COROLLA CLOSEOUT Otu Air conditioning AMFM Iterso eaiMttt w CruiM control Tilt steering wheel 1 AMFM stereo cassette FROM $OQQC Power steering Ow7w $17f178 Full size spare FROM Rear window wiper wdefogger 3rd Seat '91 CELICA CLOSEOUT '92 TERCEL NOW1 V" J v ' ORDER YOURS Air fnnHftlstn1nff wynr Rear spoiler rDr m AMFM stereo cassette rKUM $4 A QO7 Tilt steering I I vUl - flit WW! a Villi Wl III lj rfa. f jih fc. AMFM stereo cassette 0NLY $7Qn7 Carpeted floor mats f w w 1 '91 CAMRY CLOSEOUT '91 4X2 TRUCK CLOSEOUT The Toyota Touch President's Award is the highest honor a Toyota dealer can achieve. To earn this We are proud to receive the Toyota Touch President's Award. It is a symbol of our many satisfied customers and a reminder M award, a Toyota dealer must meet r m I I 111 k. that your complete satisfaction 16 Valve electronic fuel injection W I IN II I ' 1 . 'V fVi f ) l ll l l is our only goal. We would U i 1U 1 like to make owning a Toyota Rear window defogger cdokji Bodyside moldings rttuwi Dual side mirrors the most stringent of all requirements completely satisfying you, our valued customer. $10,561 Electronic fuel Injection NLY STOQR Full size scare CmxixJ a very satisfying experience for you. sS yy SOURCE: TOYOTA TOP 300 DEALER REPORT. Sale starts 921 and ends 92391. WE'RE DEALIN' ON THE ALL NEW CAMKY! If & (S 33 Available! Come See Us For Your Best Deal! 8667 Beechmont Ave. 4L74-4J:eM(lD

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