Since that time, I have had almost no problems with the car and it is still running good with a little over 263K miles. Self cleaning sliding contact points are standard, as was a long-life battery which only needed topping once a year. It was a fun car and quite reliable. However, it seems to be more pronounced if the car is black and the interior red. Of course, I think the Golf is rather brilliant, so its most faithful imitator would is bound to get good marks from me.
Maybe their execution left something to be desired at the beginning. Originally, only the -certified version with an air pump and 70 hp 52 kW had been available. I think that there were also a lot of nickle and dime issues on these as well. Performance is a bit lackluster with the auto trans. Its concealed wipers, an upswept tailgate and an agresive slant nose gave it slippery aerodynamic lines. It got good gas mileage, but the repair and insurance costs made it a fare more expensive car to own than my 78 Ltd. Primary Use: Commuting to work Good, Reliable If You Keep Up On The Maintenance, Cheap And A Worth-while Car For Minor Drives.
I then replaced the head gasket and re-installed the head. It even had some pretty high safety standards like collapsible steering column and the body structure was designed to adsorb the maximum amount of energy on impact. Luckily it was right at the top of the pass and I was able to put it in neutral as it stalled, and as I tried over and over to restart the engine, we coasted at freeway speed for over a mile, down an exit ramp, through the green light at the bottom of the ramp, around the corner, and right up to the bay door of a full-service gas station remember those? The first front-wheel-drive subcompact car ever to be built in America hits the showroom. Not sure of the year. What fun I had driving it, but it was not reliable. One you got behind the wheel, though, you knew it had a lot in common with the five-door, with which it shared the entire dashboard.
Disjointed may be the best word in your description. It didn't sell well, with only 1491 finding Japanese buyers. For a minute I thought I was in Eugene! They used the cash to completely strip the plant bare, and rebuilt it using the latest technology. If Chrysler had improved the steering wheel location, fixed the door handle problem, upgraded brake performance and put a fuel injected 2. Yes, these were prone to underside rusting.
Although it looked good and felt like it had some pep, our Turismo had quality control issues right off the new car lot. Please review the videos for a virtual walkaround and test drive. I still love that show car. Chrysler developed those four cylinders with 16 valve heads and inter cooled turbos that were real runners. It was primarily used for short trips to work and to the store. Wikimedia Commons has media related to. To this day I hate and distrust front wheel drive and refuse to own one.
He got the keys and for the next agonizingly long 5 minutes he tries to start the car. These were the only Chrysler vehicles to have semi-independent rear suspensions; the Caravan and Gran Fury used standard four-leaf spring rear suspensions, and the Reliant and Caravelle used a trailing-arm rear suspension. The dealer added a sunroof. It may be the catalytic converter. He didn't like it and killed that program, replacing it with the. It starts with the excessive front overhang, an unfortunate foreshadowing of things to come.
So if anyone knows where I could find one since there are very few of these wonderful little cars on the road, please contact me by email at:. We all remember the 76 Volare, the 79 R body — horrible quality disasters at launch-time, particularly since there was a lot of carry-over from older models. Turned out Dealer 1 had merely replaced the tripod bearing which solved nothing because there were deep grooves worn in the housing. The climate controls were mounted to the left of the steering wheel rather than in the center stack like in most vehicles, meaning only the driver could adjust the interior temperature. The old starter was grinding about every 3rd start. For the Dodge Omni 024 this was called the package, with De Tomaso designed trim and wheels but the standard drivetrain.
Unfortunately, the first owner subscribed to the mud-puddle-water-for-coolant school of maintainence-it manifested itself in head gasket problems before we traded it in. Car and Driver even rated it as one of the most aerodynamically perfect cars built in North America and one of the shortest stopping cars around. It could be right, but seems likey they tried to carpet the chassis! It came in handy camping and all of the times we moved. Even the names for these cars were disjointed. The carpeting texture looks nice. It had horrible torque steer.
In late 1978, when Chrysler Corporation was in the depths of its worst crisis to date, this swoopy, rebodied Horizon coupe debuted—and indeed, continued on through many years of production. In 1988, fuel injection on all Omnis and Horizons was standard, with the 2. They were solid little cars, I often wondered though whether Chrysler could have done a better job of training their mechanics on what was at the time a different kind of machine. We agreed but I was a Mopar guy at heart and we had to go by a Dodge Dealership owned by one of my former employers. Never had that complication in any other manual trans car I drove over the years.