The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 12, 1991 · Page 47
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 47

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Saturday, October 12, 1991
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EDITOR: ALAN VONDERHAAR, 369-1730 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1991 SECTION C rtfoj'i gulls mm Automobiles Recreational vehicles Boats Trucks Motorcycles Vans WHEELS U U U LI 1 TT3 LZZZl I, , Mitsubishi, Chrysler find new niche Summit wagon offers van's utility in tidy package BY ALAN VONDERHAAR The Cincinnati Enquirer f Under the hood Driver can accelerate brake wear BY BILL GORDON Orlando Sentinel Question: My 1988 Mazda station wagon needed new brakes, even though the car had been used only for short trips. The front shoe on each rear brake was gone; all the rest had perhaps 80 wear left. It cost more than $ 100 to repair and I got no guarantee that the problem was cured. What could be the problem? Answer: A sticking emergency brake cable, sticking wheel cylinders or incorrect return springs could have caused the problem. Also, watch the drivers. They may be resting their foot on the brake pedal. Riding the brakes accelerates wear, Q: My 1985 Grand Am steers stiffly when cold. It is O.K. when it's hot. What ails my car? .. ' . ...... i - ,- ; . " Let's have a big round of applause for the niche hunters. In a market that has too many manufacturers with too many products chasing too few customers, potential buyers are being courted as never before. One manifestation of the auto manufacturers' never-ending quest for "market share," their version of the Holy Grail, is their willingness to go after tiny demographic slices of the market unserved by others. It's almost like the chap in the old joke who was willing to accept a small loss on each sale, confident that he'd make it up on volume. The practice brings us such interesting pieces as the subject of today's examination, the brand-new-for-1992 Eagle Summit wagon. Mitsubishi makes it in Okazaki, Japan, and sells it under its own label as the Expo LRV (light recreational vehicle). It also provides a version to its business partner Chrysler for sale as an Eagle Summit and also as a Plymouth, in which case it's called a Colt Vista. (Mitsu keeps for itself a longer-wheelbase, 7-passenger version which it calls just Expo.) Jeep-Eagle dealers also have cars called Summit, a compact four-door built in the Chrysler-Mitsubishi plant in Normal, 111., and the subcompact three-door, assembled in Japan. The newest Summit is classified by EPA as a midsize wagon. It's probably best thought of as a microvan, although its parents shy away from the term. Apparently they think the word "van" connotes something too truckish. (Mitsubishi's copywriters suggest the phrase "backpack on wheels," but then, they are based in California.) What sets it apart is the sliding second door on the right side and the foldableremovable rear seat. Cargo The Eagle Summit wagon lies between car and van in height and capacity, but it is more like a car in handling and ride. I 1 Ti Vital statistics ; Vl Judgment c?;rg li ) A: Bad news: Your rack and pinion seals, housing or both probably are shot. General Motors had a policy warranty extension to five years50,000 miles for the $800 replacement unit. If you bought your car as a leftover, it may not be too late. Q: The 3.0-liter engine in my Plymouth Grand Voyager just reached 120,000 miles. It has begun to use oil about 1 quart every 500 miles. What is your solution? A: Start with a compression test when your engine is warm. Remove the spark plugs, test and record readings for each cylinder. All should range between 145 and 150 pounds per square inch. Perform a wet test on any cylinders that are low by using five squirts of 30-weight oil in the cylinder. If (Please see CAR CLINIC, Page E-3) Base price: $13,469 Price as tested: $16,313 Wheelbase: 99.2 inches Overall length: 168.5 inches Curb weight: 2,945 lbs. Passengers: 5 Test mileage: 21.6 mpg Engine: 2.4LI-4 Transmission: 4A Ride: Soft Handling: Okay Acceleration: Good Braking: Good Fit and finish: Very good Noise level: Moderate Overall impression: Unique offering, combining appeal of wagons and vans Alan Vonderhaar Taking a spin wheelbase with a very garageable 168-inch overall length. Nonetheless, the back seats provide a reasonable environment for three children or two full-sized people, with maybe a slight concession on the part of the first-cabin crew. (As a point of comparison, a five-passenger VoyagerCaravan minivan has a 112.3-inch wheelbase and a 178.1-inch overall length. It has a couple of inches LESS legroom in front, and an inch and a half more in back.) The Summit sample Chrysler offered (Please see SUMMIT, Page E-3) (All this recalls Nissan's late lamented Axxess van, withdrawn from the market when sales volumes disappointed but it never got proper promotion, either.) The Summit sits on a 99-inch capacity when configured as a five-passenger vehicle is a generous 34.6 feet. Wrestle out the rear seat (a two-person operation, awkward but not difficult), and that jumps to 79 cubic feet. FALL INTO SAVINGS NOW WHILE INTEREST RATES ARE LOW! nwn M3CLAZER 5739 J 1992 2-4442 -B&L r br-SABLE ffTTj aA i-J f EVOLUTION vzZIpffi .Zm.499' Light group V"" -iisff -ess- iiiooei d( Clc&t! ) "SF . ALL 1991 CARS JL J Vh MILES ; ltuai I WEST O? 1-275 J JDt.4X4 P-ir windows A kxlti 41 tf ' ' 1 . & rniio Airconc' 'jnirg A wno.ic wO-Oriv . rM"IT: .7 :" .v,k I V - , . ' J- KEW 1S32 V ' GEO STORM WW 22 1-1905, 1-5428 SB i 15" 5"! Gils AM-FM couette . Power mirror Elec. amlm stereo Much more Cardinal Red 1.6LEFI Power windows 1 .9L EFI engine Rack ft Pinion Steering Power brakes 5-spd overdrive AMFM stereo Full instrumentation Console wcup holder much, much more MSRPi $14,055 $aJ Ji A ff $ Power tiMrmg - Driver'i air bog Digital clock ft mora .. MFC LIST: $11,815 TODAY: $9999 1st TIME BUYER -400 $0599 , SAVE: 1 $2216 KIVU31 S13ELS MSRfc (9506 SAVE: $1507 YOUR PRICE 7,999 SAVE: $2556 V I I JLViVfl YOUR PRICE..-. J i WV "V ...... ,t if.j,.y-i-BJiiu ll.l.'J 1-5253 2-:::3 -FlMM TV;" ) -- Includes Leather ft Vinyl roof 1 1 Power windows Rear defroster Power locks AMFM cassette Cruise control 4.6LV-8- i3r;;:'jL:LEr.::4 Power windows .Speed control Power locks Tilt wheel ImmM .Wire wheel cover. AMFM cass. .More, more More... Power seat V W.Z3. ' $ RETAIL $31,462 SAVE: $7963 YOUR PRICE.... 23,499 $1 7,895 MSRP: $21,744 SAVE: $3849 YOUR PRICE. sr-i $1737 ustj rtu tax & filU fee .y ntes cjedwctedl. Prices valid 1012 ihrough 101491 Wlf rwsaWis (Htcountm plus t tte smi Iww. i mnmfc eloMd nd Mm Ptynwnt b4 on 11000 op cort rlwjrt Mjh or tnd s. t. 1.1 pyiirt. swairity dn " to2,tW wh $2000 p cct rluctoo. K n mm CKEVRCLET 1 . .. ,.n NJ r .. 1 WWW LOTUS 0UTt j ,.Jn NtitiwinitiM n HOURS: M-TH 9-9; F:SAT 9-6 429 Ohio Pike BEECHMONT& 1-275 528-5900 7600 c::c::.v.c:jt avi::ui nixt to t::i c::c::.v.c::t mall O ri 3 r ' " ; TODAY LINCOLN MERCURY PRICES GOOD 101291 to 101491

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