Junkyard Find: 1991 Eagle Premier LX

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1991 eagle premier lx

While it’s cool and all to find genuine, everyone-agrees-it’s-a-classic cars in the junkyard, what I really like to find is the cars that serve as evolutionary dead-ends or corporate-merger footnotes. The Eagle Premier is a fine example of the latter type.

This ’91 ended up in a Denver self-service yard because it bashed into something, hard. That means we can assume it was running properly up until the moment of impact.

Always wear your seat belt! This Premier’s driver didn’t, hence the bent steering wheel.

The AMC 2.5 four-cylinder was standard in the Premier LX, but this car has the optional PRV V6. Not exactly a reliable engine, but sophisticated.

I’ve never ridden in a Premier, but I’ve heard that it was the nicest-riding product Chrysler offered in the early 1990s. Its Renault 21/25/Medallion AMC/Renault genes have lived on in Chrysler’s products until the present day, with some of the Premier’s suspension design showing up in the current Challenger and Charger. It’s always fun to trace the AMC family tree!

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  • Acuraandy Acuraandy on Jan 13, 2012

    @Vanilla, I had a Plymouth Gran Fury. The same guy I bought it from, a lifelong AMC and Mopar fan, his family had an 88 Premier. Probably the best riding car i've ever ridden in, and that's saying something...

  • SuperACG SuperACG on Jan 13, 2012

    In the original "Final Fight" by Capcom, you could smash up one of these in the first bonus round! I never understood why the license plate read "Japan" though...

  • Lou_BC You'd think cops would have an understanding of the laws they are supposed to enforce.
  • Merlyn I’m on my second Spark and love it! I can pass any car I’ve never had a problem going up a hill it does just fine. As for cargo I can fit three suitcases, two book bags and still have the front seat for a passenger. Not sure what point this guy is trying to make. I have hand free phone service and Sirius radio plug in my phone and have navigation. I would buy another spark in a heartbeat.
  • Buickman I won't own one and I'll be happy!
  • Jeanbaptiste Ever since y’all started sending your damn geese down here we’re just been waiting for one of you to show up.
  • 3SpeedAutomatic Drove a rental Cherokee for several days at the beginning of this year. Since the inventory of rental cars is still low, this was a 2020 model with 48k miles and V6. Ran fine, no gremlins, graphics display was easy to work, plenty of power, & very comfortable. Someone must of disarmed the lane assistance feature for the steering wheel never shook (YES!!!!!!!!). However, this woman's voice kept nagging me about the speed limit (what's new!?!?!?!).I was impressed enough to consider this a prime candidate to replace my 11 yr old Ford Escape. Might get a good deal with the close out of the model. Time will tell. 🚗🚗🚗