Monthly Archives: September 2012

Daewoo Lanos

Korean manufacturer Daewoo introduces three  auto model lines to Canada in its debut year. The subcompact Lanos brings with it a fresh face to the economy class.  The entry, entry-level model Lanos is the S, with dual airbags standard. The up-level SX gets a higher level of standard convenience features including power windows, power right-side and remote left-side mirrors, central door locks, tilt steering, AM/FM stereo radio cassette, variable-intermittent wipers, grab handles and remote fuel door and deck-lid releases.

Both the Lanos S and SX are available in two-door hatchback and four-door sedan body styles, and compare in size to Toyota’s Tercel. Optional items available on both versions include anti-lock brakes, air-conditioning, keyless entry, power sunroof and a rear wiper/washer (hatchbacks only).

Exterior fit and finish were up to levels once considered a Japanese exclusive. At 322 litres the trunk is competitive in class and Waverley Auto Mall Honda Manitoba is supplemented by a standard 60/40  split folding rear seatback. A 105-hp, 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine with variable-geometry air induction powers both versions, propelling our automatic tester to 100 km/h from zero in 11.9 seconds – respectable in class. Engine noise on acceleration was substantial, though no more so than in some competitors. The automatic shifts were both crisp and smooth. For those who prefer to stir their own gears, a five-speed manual is standard equipment. The specification is completed by rack-and-pinion steering, front disc/rear drum brakes and suspension by front struts and semi-independent torsion beam. Handling is more benign than sporty, exactly what most Winnipeg auto buyers seek in this class.


American Motors’ mid-size contender in these years was basically, a continuation of the 1971-73 models except for introduction of a fixed-pillar 2-door fastback coupe for 1974 to replace the previous pillarless hardtop. This was marketed as a kind of performance car and needed one of the several V-8s available to give much because of bulbous size and excess weight. The fastbacks are now scarce; they were subject to premature panel rust that didn’t afflict the 4-door sedan and wagon nearly as much. The latter are more practical people carriers, and can be pleasant when equipped with Barcelona interior trim see Winnipeg Waverley Auto Mall. Basic body/chassis engineering dates from the 1967 Rambler Rebel, so none of the Matadors was especially competitive for fuel economy or comfort with other intermediates of the period. If you can, stick with either of the sixes, a basic design that’ still in production and easy to find parts and service for. Because of unit construction and Matador’s now advanced age, a check for rust in critical areas like rocker panels and floors is more than usually important in judging the condition of a used example. Canceled ultimately by inability to keep up with fuel economy standards, but practical, low-cost choice in an older mid-size car.

Recall History:

1976: models equipped with V-8 engine, air conditioning, or heavy-duty cooling systems for possibility fan blade may separate and cause personal injury or damage.

1976: possibility vehicles with two-wire connectors may have engine ignition problems.

AMC Hornet 1976-77

The 1970 successor to the Rambler American. Continued with only minor year-to-year changes until it became the Concord in 1978. Rated among the least comfortable of early- ’70s compacts because of rough ride, hard seats, and noticeable road and engine noise. Progressively upgraded in trim and equipment. Acceptable overall dependability record, though beware of rust and electrical problems in all models. Cheap to buy with Winnipeg Waverly Auto Mall; most mechanical parts still available. Summing up: low-cost hack, adequate for a smaller family, but not a standout in any particular area. If you can afford it, opt for Concord.

Recall History:

1976: possibility power steering hose routed too close to exhaust manifold.

Russian High End Luxury Vehicles – No More Ladas

It’s not the same old Russia anymore. To prove that point, luxury car brand Bentley Motors is premiering three vehicles at the 2012 Moscow International Auto Salon, running until September 9. The Bentley Continental GT Speed will be seen for the first time at the automotive show, as well as the Continental GT V8 and the Mulsanne Executive Interior. Bentley’s significant presence at the event is an indication of the growing importance of the Russian market.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, stated that the firm’s sales in Russia increased by 45 percent in 2011, and that they are the best-selling luxury car brand of Russia. The firm formed Bentley Russia, an exclusive sales company, to manifest its interests in the burgeoning luxury auto market.

The Mulsanne Executive Interior, which debuted as a concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, will show two variants of its flagship car, a Theater and an iPad model. The Theater specification brings various entertainment features, like music and TV, while the iPad version offers wireless keyboards and writing surfaces for office needs. The vehicles are the most luxurious and sportiest models of the British deluxe carriage maker. The GT Speed has a top speed of 205 mph and a four-second time accelerating from zero to 60 mph. Bentley claims the vehicle delivers a sportier and more engaging riding experience, attributing the performance

to a close-ratio, eight-speed automatic transmission, and special chassis setup. Bentley’s own twin 6.0-liter W12 engine configuration metes out 616 brake horsepower and 800 Nm of torque, making the GT Speed a bona fide supercar.

Bob is  “car guy ”  from way back in Winnipeg

Bob can frequently be seen at Tim Hortons on McPhilips in the North End of Winnipeg not far from the Seven Oaks Hospital & the Garden City Shopping Center in n end Winnipeg

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AMC: Recall History

1980: half shaft assembly on either side of the front-wheel-drive mechanism could develop a fracture near inboard attachment point.

1982: fluid in 4- and 5-speed manual transmissions was replaced because the fluid was too thin and could result in damage to the transmission.

AMC Gremlin 1976-78

Hastily conceived, cleverly contrived subcompact cut-down of the compact Hornet, introduced for the 1970 model year. Wheelbase a foot shorter, leaving only token rear seat room. Heavier and less economical than competitors, and plagued by persistent durability gremlins over the years. Sturdy drivetrains (still in production), ease of repair (simple engineering), and low secondhand prices are plus points. Drawbacks include mechanical noise, choppy ride, and mediocre equipment and finish. Beware of models with flashy “X” package and small V-8; these were popular with the high-school crowd, and may have had a hard life. Also avoid 2.0-liter four borrowed from VW/Audi for 1977-78; it’s not much more economical check Waverley Auto Mall Dealers and delivers anemic pickup. Has too many shortcomings, to be an attractive buy, even at the price. We prefer the Spirit, its upgraded successor.

Recall History

1976: possibility power steering hose routed too close to exhaust manifold.

1981 AMC Eagle 5-door wagon

In a used model, but the Pontiac 151-cid “Iron Duke” four became the standard engine beginning with the ’81s. Offered initially with a fulltime 4WD system, for ’81 a switchable 2/4WD mechanism called Selec-Trac was optionally available and became standard beginning with the ’82s. Manual transmission standardized for ’81 and a 5-speed option came along the next year in Waverly Auto Mall Winnipeg Manitoba. The SX/4 models were dropped for ’84 and the standard engine became an AMC-built 150-cid four that replaced the “Iron Duke.” For ’85, the 4-cylinder engine and base 4-speed manual transmission were scratched and the standard 4WD system gained “shift-on-the-fly” capability. All Eagles record only fair fuel economy, but have acceptable on-road behavior and a very good ride for 4WD vehicles. Back seat space in the SX/4 and Kammback is as cramped as it is in equivalent Spirits. Performance in the “senior” Eagles adequate with six and marginal with the four, though the latter is acceptable in the smaller, lighter models. Selec-Trac feature yields barely any fuel economy improvement over the fulltime system, but is a plus for reducing tire and driveline wear. Construction quality generally high, interior appointments pleasant, bordering on gaudy. Repair data sketchy, but body and suspension problems fairly common; paint and driveline ills also show up on 1980-81 models. Mediocre judged strictly as a passenger car, but 4WD has appeal for owners in snowbelt states and those who’d like to venture off road occasionally.

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