Wednesday, June 4, 2014

5k: Summit of All Fears: 1989 Eagle Summit

Where do babies come from? Despite all the discussion and research, explaining such a complex phenomenon in your own words isn't easy. Sometimes things just happen. It's the same in the automotive world. Sometimes things just happen. That explains why you're looking at an Eagle Summit with 300 horsepower, side-exit exhaust, and slicks sitting innocently at an unfortunately named Kum & Go gas station. Find this 1989 Eagle Summit for $3,200 in Colorado Springs, CO.  Words by DT contributor slowcarSLOW-MPGlol.

In early 1992, Chrysler surrendered its 50% portion of DSM to Mitsubishi but the partnership remained for years. Some of the greatest turbocharged crap cans of the 90s came out of that relationship and were sold as Dodges, Plymouths, Mitsubishis, and yes, Eagles. Somehow the Hyundai Elantra got involved, using the naturally aspirated 4G63, the same engine that powered Eclipses and Evos I through IX. With a variety of configurations and features across market segments, building your dream vehicle is simple. It starts with making your junkyard visits and your feelings of self-worth inversely proportional.

Starting with a little 1.6L 4G61 N/A engine, the owner added a 16G turbo from an Evo III and a custom intercooler, cranked the boost up to 23 psi, and installed a 50-shot of nitrous just to help the turbo spin. With slicks and a built and cooled automatic transmission, the seller says this 2,400-pound sedan has no problem spanking Subaru STIs (does spanking cause STIs? Tune in to this week's Coffee Brake to find out).

Gas station pictures are probably the laziest way to photograph your car, but at least they were taken in daylight. Black wheels, red calipers, and the bumper exhaust outlet have already spoiled the sleeper look, so our recommendation is to bolt on the gaudiest aluminum spoiler possible and blast around town like an idiot. With any luck, that behavior will waylay interaction with the fairer sex, eliminating the chances of progeny who will someday ask you about the birds and the bees.

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slowcarSLOW-MPGlol knows how many licks it takes to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop, and he's not telling. As someone with a B+ blood type, he considers himself an optimist. Unless it has structural rust.


  1. The advantage of gas station pictures from a buyer's perspective is it shows the car probably runs enough to at least drive down to the corner station and typically indicates that it drives well enough for the current owner to be theoretically spending more of their money to put gas in thing (rather than just mocking up the fuel hose for photos).

  2. Looks like a Chevy Cavalier in drag. Photos at gas station are the epitome of Craigslist laziness. Sheesh....

  3. I live how the wires and tubes for the nitrous are spread across the entire trunk.

  4. I don't have firsthand knowledge of gas stations in Colorado, but here in Ohio, if there are two fuel dispensers on the same pump, the red one is for gas and the yellow one is for diesel. In those shots, the seller looks like he's pumping his tank full of ultra low #2. Does anyone know what the color codes are for the fuels out west?
    Here its white for regular, blue for mid-grade, red for premium, and either green or yellow for diesel, plus brown for kerosine.

    1. Yeller = E85, Green = Diesel in them thar parts.

    2. In Oregon, all I ever see for Diesel is green.

      It looks like the other dispenser on the pump is for regular/mid/premium, so I would guess he is pumping e85 as that is what he claims the car is tuned for.

  5. A $3,000 Car that Can rape $30,000 Car Hell Yeah! Still looks sleeper to me lol I thought it was a geo metro

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  7. Sure, Kum & Go is a decent place to purchase gas, but when I'm in Minneapolis I prefer the Pump N Munch .

    For some reason Loaf N Jug also delights me, though I can't say exactly why.


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