1985 AMC Eagle 4.2 Liter 6 cylinder
Great car, plenty of quirks, not bad 4x4
Front wheel bearings and half-shafts needed to be replaced.
Door latches do not close when cold- driver's door rear passenger doors, needed to be greased once a year...
HORRIBLE acceleration, underpowered.
Carburetor/choke tricky, needed adjustment, overhaul.
Oil seepage from PLASTIC valve cover (to be expected)
Poorly adjusted carb resulting in poor fuel efficiency.
Only 16 mpg or worse.
All metal doors and latches freeze in cold icy conditions.
Overall- wonderful little car with lots of character and incredibly reliable! Recently started right up in -12 F weather and ran great as always. Four wheel drive Select Drive works excellent, vacuum engagement still works well after 20 years!!!. Goes through snow and slush like a tank! Very bad acceleration, but once up to speed this car cruises comfortably at 60-65mpg all day. Really funky AMC wagon- gets lots of attention, but still holds its own on the highway. I have used this car as a daily driver since December 2003, it's the best car I've ever owned. You have to get used to or crave the attention for the funky style, but the reliability and build quality is unbeatable- for the prices these go for, its worth far more for the money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st January, 2005
You say the car has "horrible exceleration" but you rated performance a 9/10?
Slow acceleration + 16 mpg or less. Sounds like a great car alright.
I have a 1982 Eagle wagon. It is under powered has mediocre fuel economy. To spite these traits I love this car. It is comfortable to drive reliable at least half of the time and fun to drive all of the time. That said... its not for everyone. This is the last real Rambler. Everything AMC learned from decades of making cars went into its design and production. No matter what Subaru says the Eagle was the first of that class of vehicle. every other 4wd car made since has borrowed much from the Eagles design.