Monthly Archives: January 1999

Used Vehicle Review: Chrysler Sebring convertible, 1996-1999

The sharp-looking Chrysler Sebring is a purpose-built convertible rather than a coupe or sedan with the roof lopped-off. It replaced the LeBaron convertible in the Chrysler line when it was launched in 1995 as a ’96 model. The Sebring is also unique in convertible circles in that it can comfortably accommodate up to four adults as it has decently-sized rear seats and a trunk that’s bigger than the norm too. Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: Acura CL, 1997-1999

Charlie Baker, who headed up the development team for the then-new ’97 Acura CL coupe, claimed back in 1996 that his coupe was aimed at the sort of buyer who might consider a BMW 318is coupe. Sort of. You see, the CL then and now is bigger, more powerful and better equipped than a comparably priced Bimmer. On the other hand, the 318/323/328 coupes were and are more nimble, more purely driver-oriented. Continue reading

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50 years of Land Rover

by Murray Jackson The author’s Land Rover Lightweight In some remote corners of the world, where roads are unknown, the Land Rover is the only vehicle ever seen. This unique machine, which has become one of the world’s most recognizable … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 1999 Volvo C-70 Convertible

The 1999 Volvo C70 Convertible is now available with a 236 horsepower 2.3 litre five cylinder engine with twin ‘high-pressure’ turbochargers, in addition to the standard 2.4 litre ‘low-pressure’ turbocharged engine. Prices for this upscale ragtop start at $58,995. Stylish … Continue reading

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1999 Volkswagen Eurovan Winnebago Camper Van

This is your last chance to buy Volkswagen’s Eurovan Camper Van – it will be discontinued later this year. The front-wheel-drive, V6-powered camper van has a tilt-up top, sleeping accomodations for four, fridge, stove, sink, furnace, and cupboards. Suggested retail … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 1999 VW New Beetle 1.8T

With 30% more horsepower than the standard New Beetle, the New Beetle 1.8T is now a credible performer as well as an economical hatchback. The 1.8T’s turbocharged 1.8 litre four cylinder engine with five valves per cylinder and dual overhead … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 1999 Suzuki Vitara Convertible

Like its predecessor, the Sidekick, the new Suzuki Vitara comes as a two-door convertible or a four-door hardtop. Changes include new exterior and interior styling, two more refined four cylinder powerplants including a slightly larger 2.0 litre engine on uplevel … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 1999 Volkswagen Golf GTi GLX

Slightly bigger than the previous GTi, the 1999 GTi returns with a standard 115 horsepower 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine on GLS models, and a 174 horsepower 2.8 litre V6 engine in GLX models. More standard equipment and a new … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Formerly the Sidekick, the 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara has a standard V6 engine, part-time, shift-on-the-fly 4WD, four wheel anti-lock brakes, and a five passenger interior. Prices start at $22,995. Long-term test drive proves trouble-free Over the past three months, I … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 1999 Suzuki Esteem Wagon

Sporting a restyled nose, the subcompact Suzuki Esteem Wagon is now available with an optional 122 horsepower 1.8 litre four cylinder DOHC engine. As before, the Esteem Wagon combines the versatility of a roomy cargo area with a fun-to-drive character … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 1999 Saab 9-5 Wagon

The 1999 Saab 9-5 Wagon was introduced in mid-1999, about a year after the new 9-5 sedan. The front-wheel-drive 9-5 Wagon offers a large cargo area with flexible storage arrangements and easy access. Two turbocharged engines are available: a 2.3 … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 provides excellent all-weather traction with standard permanent four-wheel-drive, traction control, ABS, and a new anti-skid system called Porsche Stability Management. The perfect all-weather sports car Recently, I had the opportunity to test-drive the 1999 … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue 3.5

Introduced last year, the 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue is offered with a new 3.5 liter overhead cam V6 engine with more horsepower and improved efficiency. Intrigues come with standard air conditioning, 4-speed automatic transmission, four wheel disc brakes, and a roomy … Continue reading

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