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Purchase/Drive/Burn: Oddball Semi-premium SUVs From 1998

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Image: 1998 Acura SLXThe Purchase/Drive/Burn collection has been caught in a time warp these days. After tackling home minivans from 1994 with luxurious appointments, we moved on to 1997 and a few nontraditional imported minivans.

As soon as once more, we’re going to maintain it within the ’90s and decide which of three imported, various semi-luxurious SUVs ought to burn on the stake. Are you prepared for gold badges and two-tone? Rhetorical query.

Acura SLX

Image: 1998 Acura SLXThe imported minivans article linked above mentioned the Honda Odyssey, which was additionally bought because the Isuzu Oasis in its first era. Right here we’ve an Isuzu bought by the posh arm of Honda. The SLX was on supply at Acura sellers between 1996 and 1999. The 1998 mannequin yr noticed a visible refresh with bigger grille and headlamps, and a change from three.2 to three.5 liters for the Isuzu V6 engine. All SLX fashions have been loaded, and featured ruched leather-based on all 5 seats, wooden, and an enormous sunroof. The SLX was a cease-hole measure at a time when Honda wasn’t too eager on SUVs (keep in mind the Passport?). There was no SLX alternative from Acura till 2001, when the MDX was lastly readied for sale. Consumers ought to look out for that GM 4L30-E transmission, although — it doesn’t like motivating the heft of the SLX.

Land Rover Discovery I

Image: 1998 Land Rover Discovery LSEThe Land Rover is probably probably the most prestigious of our oddball luxurious assortment. It’s the rationale 1998 is our chosen yr, as a result of 1999 would see the daybreak of the Discovery II. All three of our rides right now have been roughly on the finish of their lives in 1998. Like above, Honda additionally rebadged a Discovery and referred to as it the Crossroad for the Japanese market. On sale within the US because the 1994 mannequin yr, the Discovery gained luxurious appointments all through its improvement. All 1996 to 1998 Discovery fashions had the Rover V8 beneath the hood. For our functions, in the present day’s Discovery is the highest trim LSE. It features 5 regular leather-based-clad seats, and two bounce seats within the again for individuals you dislike. Consumers ought to regulate these Lucas electrics.

Mitsubishi Montero 

Image: 1998 Mitsubishi MonteroThe second era Montero arrived in North America for the 1994 mannequin yr, changing the very boxy and far much less refined first-era mannequin. For 1998 the Montero obtained a slight visible replace (revised cladding) and a simplification in trims (one mannequin). Commonplace features embrace seven actual seats and a cut up third row which folded up and to the aspect. Ours might be absolutely-loaded, with wooden trim, leather-based seats, and a fair bigger sunroof than the SLX. The Montero has the additional advantage of getting a greater journey high quality than most automobiles in its class. All 1998 Monteros have been powered by the three.5-liter V6, making 200 horsepower. Honda didn’t rebadge the Montero, and consumers may be careful for oil leaks in numerous locations underneath the hood.

Which of those two semi-forgotten import SUVs do you’re taking residence or borrow, and which one magically bursts into flames?

[Images: Acura, Land Rover, Mitsubishi]

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