Junkyard Find: 1990 Eagle Summit

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1990 eagle summit

When Chrysler took over the tattered remnants of AMC in 1987, they created the “Jeep-Eagle” division in order to sell Kenosha-ized Renaults such as the Medallion and the Premier. Chrysler back then wasn’t content unless Mitsubishi got involved, and so they slapped Eagle badges on a Mitsubishi Mirage built by DSM in Illinois. This was very similar to the Geo-ization GM applied to Toyota, Isuzu, Suzuki, and Daewoo products sold in North America. You don’t see many Summits these days (you also didn’t see many of them 20 years ago) so this find in a Denver junkyard was a rare event.

Pretty generic early-90s interior here.

By 1990, most car companies had found a way to integrate the “ Libby Light” into the decklid or rear package shelf, but the Summit still had the 1985-style “Oh, crap, the Americans require a center brake light— quick, take this 100,000 yen budget and make something!” afterthought light.

Will there be Eagle Summit clubs meeting for cruise nights in 2049?

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  • Just Mark Just Mark on Jul 30, 2014

    I own a 1990neagle summit it had 84,000 + when i got it and now has 92,000+. Its a good running car ive never had any complaints till recently when the car was going down the road and just died, i replaced the fuel filter thinking that would solve the problem,and is still down after 1 1/2 weeks with a search for the fuel pump really which is going no where. Wondering if anyone can help?

  • La834 La834 on Jun 10, 2017

    I looked at these when they were new. The Eagle Summit was available in a higher trim level than the otherwise identical Mitsubishi Mirage or Dodge/Plymouth Colt sedans, with extra equipment, plush upholstery in real colors like red or blue, and the more powerful engine otherwise only available on the sporty 3-door hatch model. It was a solid competitor to the better-known Japanese brands, but the marketing was terrible as was dealer support at any of the four brands that sold these.

  • Norman Stansfield Why are leaf springs still a thing on this truck?
  • Syke The expected opening comments. Have had mine for two years now, the car has done exactly what I want out of it, and a little better. I'm quite happy with the car, haven't had to adjust my driving style or needs in the slightest, and . . . . oh, did a mention that I don't give a damn what today's price at the pump is?Probably going to go for a second one in the coming year, the wife's happy enough with mine that she's ready and willing to trade in the Nissan Kicks. Eventually, the not often used van will end up getting traded on a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, basically ensuring that we don't use gas for anything except the occasional long trip.And the motorcycles.
  • Bobbysirhan I've never found the Allegro appealing before, but a few years of EV rollouts make it seem downright desirable.
  • Scoutdude I know that dealership. Way back when my friend's grandfather was that Turner that owned the Chrysler Plymouth International dealer, in MacPherson. Of course the International was dropped when they didn't deem the Scout reason enough to keep the franchise. I moved from there in late 1978 so it is possible I saw this running around town way back when.
  • Lou_BC "Overpriced" is a misnomer. Arguably, if they are selling they are not overpriced. "Dealer mark-up above MSRP" is a mouthful but more accurate. Simple, don 't buy anything marked up. A computer will help you search the country. It's a PITA but doable.