1995 Eagle Summit Reviews

1995 Eagle Summit from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Trooper

Summary:

It was the best! RIP

Faults:

Nothing that wasn't my own fault.

General Comments:

This has been the most worry free car I ever had.

It has recently given up the ghost and the poor transmission just quit.

But this car has been worth every penny I spent on it and was faithful for 11 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2007

1995 Eagle Summit DL Wagon 1.8L SOHC Inline-4 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8L SOHC Inline-4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance125550 miles
Previous carEagle 4Runner

Summary:

Everything you need, and a few things you want.

Faults:

Since I just got this car, I'm not sure of the problems the previous owner received, but here's some that I ran into.

Approx. 120,000 - Engine gave out due to negligence. I knew it needed service, but didn't bother fixing it. It was completely rebuilt. I also beefed up the horsepower a little bit with better engine parts, intake, filter, etc. for some extra good fun - Cost approx. $400 from good mechanic buddies.

125,000 miles - The little knob that controls the headlights, turn signals and high beams popped out. Headlight switch still had power, but I was unable to switch it up and down for the turn signals. Brand new, and premium quality replacement parts from Mitsubishi have been installed. Cost - $114.

Recently - engine "tapping" noises have began showing up. It's probably the cylinder heads needing re-alignment due to the recent rebuilt. Car kind of sounds like it's diesel powered now, hehe. Doesn't effect anything, other than its dignity.

Overall, the reliability is stunning. The car does its job with minimal problems, and then some.

General Comments:

Very quick, thanks to it's light weight (around 2600 pounds) and FWD-Manual duo. Burns rubber like no other, accelerates off the line with fury and tops out at insanely fast speeds for a car of its type. Sporty down-shifts are responded by a burst of acceleration, especially on 2nd gear, which tops out well over 50MPH.

Handling on the other hand is poor due to its height. Grips the road nicely, but has high levels of body lean, even at low-speed turns.

Interior noise is mind boggling. My car in particular has lots of loose parts causing all sorts of rattling, but in general, Summits tend to have lots of tire rumble, wind rush, engine roar and what not, especially at freeway speeds.

Very roomy interior with comfy seats. Lots of leg/head/elbow/breathing room in both the front and back seats and to top that off, there is an abundance of cargo space in the trunk. With the rear seats fully folded, I was able to fit a fridge in this little van.

If adult-driven, this car gets around 25-30 mpg. Small tank would fill up from empty to full with about $30 ($2.44/gallon) and it can go around 300 miles on that. Very useful, especially with todays gas prices.

Overall, this is the best car I've ever owned. A real treasure if you ask me. It's got everything you need in a car (superb performance, comfort, roominess, gas mileage and reliability) with the exception of quietness and eye-candy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2005

11th Dec 2006, 13:44

I have had my Summit Wagon 3 months now and you are right on the mark with your comments and I love my Summit too. Her name is Medina. Nice and roomy, great for the dogs, but yes, somewhat noisy. My other rig is an ‘81 Tercel Wagon named Weasel and that is a similar multi-purpose type vehicle that gets rave reviews by its devoted owners. I'll never understand why people would choose beauty over function in a vehicle, but I know these two rigs will have a good home with this sensible gal until they are completely done and gone on to the big junkyard in the sky.

22nd Dec 2009, 09:47

I agree with all of the above. I know this is an old post, but I just can't part with my 93 with 194,000 miles on it. I just spent 800.00 to replace struts, control arms, ball joints, tie rods & motor mounts. Most dependable car I've ever owned, that includes my BMW. I've had a 1/2 a cord of wood in it, Dryers & misc. furniture. I know I'll never find anything to replace it.

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews