1972 AMC Gremlin -X 304C.I.D V8
Best built domestic built car of this era
At 2300 miles, the rear end was making some unusual whirring noise. Ring gear was defective. Warranty replacement on the ring gear fixed the problem.
We were a "Nash/Rambler" family from the beginning. Dad with his Nash Ambassador of 1955, Mother, with her Rambler American 440H (which I inherited later on), then trading in the Rambler for the Gremlin in 1972.
I was looking at a sub-compact in this year, and noticed that Chevy's with their Vegas, and Fords with their Pintos, were hundreds more than a base Gremlin, which was a far better built car to come out of a domestic USA plant. True, the Japanese were "invading" us with Toyota's, and Datsun's, but these imports haven't seated themselves as they have now back then. Finally, I took to the liking of a Jolly Green Gremlin-X with the 304 (5.0L) V8 under the hood. What a blast this car was to own. Now, after reading the histories and seeing pictures (including my own) of the Gremlin, now I wished that I still had that car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th March, 2005
Regarding the comment above:
I imagine the original author's assertion is quite serious.
Take a minute and think about the Gremlin's contemporary competitors: Vega/Monza, Pinto, Colt, Cricket... The Gremlin was built far better than any of these.
Uh...the Colt and Cricket were not domestic cars, and while the Cricket was and is a piece of crap, the Colt was actually very well built, certainly much better than the Gremlin!