1976 Chrysler Charger CL 256 4.3L Hemi
Powerful Aussie Icon
Shortly after buying the car we noticed a few problems, most of these due to the rough treatment by the previous owner.
Alternator was wired up wrong, causing the battery to boil.
Indicators/Headlights sometimes didn't work.
After pulling the front apart to get to the headlights we discovered a lot of mud behind the lights, previous owner had obviously smashed the car into an embankment.
Cassette player didn't work (previous owner had installed a CD player, may not have re-installed the cassette player properly)
Doesn't like cold mornings.
After all the little niggles were sorted out (only a few hundred dollars) The car has been running almost perfectly, only one problem is idling.
Recently I have had to pull over to the side of the road to re-adjust the idle screw/spring. After carefuly adjusting it at home, the motor now works fine and doesn't miss a beat.
The car is in exceptional condition for a 30 year old car, if your looking at buying a 30 year old car, and not expecting any problems, you had better have deep pockets.
The charger is one of the most powerful Australian made cars, ever. Once you put your foot down, the tail drops down and the powerful Hemi roars to life. Quick off the line and once you go past about 3000rpm, you can start to hear, and feel the real power.
Even though I have only owned this car for about 9 months, all of those months have been incredible fun.
I have given the Charger a lower score in the upkeep and costs area because of its fuel economy, and said no to purchasing another car from the manufacturer because new chryslers aren't what they used to be.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd April, 2006
I own a 1977 CL Charger 318 V8 auto. I'm the second owner and it has 132,256 kms on the clock. It runs very well, but is very thirsty. Small price to pay for such a good car which I have owned for the past 8 years. Larry Maguire, Qld.
I own a CL 318 which I've had since 1979. Auto - Stellar blue - simmons wheel with 98,000 original on the clock. This mainly due to it not being driven very much at all for 15 years and is in mint condition. Albert Sabadin S.A
Top cars in the looks department & bullet proof mechanicals, but pity about the panel fatigue - they rust very badly!!
Worst places is the sills, boot floor & front windscreen.