To the Editor:
The story "3 is the new 4" about three-cylinder engines (May 26) caught my eye as I still own one of those "wheezing" triples from the 1980s.
I purchased a 1986 Chevy Sprint brand new in California for $5,200 out the door. That car, which was built by Suzuki, never failed me in 170,000 miles of commuting before I changed jobs and moved to Missouri. If I kept it under 70 mph, I would routinely get 55 to 60 mpg. It is the best car I ever purchased in terms of value.
The car never made it back to the dealer for the typical bugs that many cars have had for decades. I have purchased many other new vehicles over the past 30 years, and all of them have been back to the dealer for something.
Today my Sprint has 232,000 miles on the odometer and is still running strong.
I loved the story but felt that Suzuki needed at least a mention. Who cares what the 0 to 60 mph time is when you are passing up gas stations?
TIMOTHY D. SHELNUTT
The writer is project executive in a three-year upgrade to an auto plant.