Business: End of the Great Engine Flap

$200 for each Chevymobile owner

When Chicagoan Joseph Siwek asked his mechanic to do some work on his new 1977 Oldsmobile last winter, he was angered to discover that the engine under the hood was not an Olds Rocket V-8 but a less expensive Chevrolet power plant. The discovery led to a revelation that GM had put Chevy engines not only into Oldsmobiles, but into some 1977 Buicks and Pontiacs as well; GM became the target of about 250 state and private lawsuits. Last week, after months of legal maneuvering, the company...

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