CHICAGO -- Two Soviet trade experts came to Chicago's suburbs last month to learn, among other things, how Americans do business. And learn they did.
They bought a used car.
Gleb Abouchakhmine and Leon Hussainoff needed a car. The pair, accompanied by their host, Michael Vilner, vice president of Spirit of Excellence Ltd., a Palatine, Ill., company that supplies consumer goods to the Soviet Union, went to Larry Faul Oldsmobile in Schaumburg, Ill., where they bought a 1984 Cutlass Ciera "as is" for $2,818.
Less than an hour off the lot, the car died. It was out of gas.
After they refueled, the car died again -- and again -- when shifted into drive, said David Grunin, president of Spirit of Excellence.