1977 AMC Gremlin Review from North America

1977 AMC Gremlin X 258

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 258 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carAMC Pacer


The Gremlin is a fun, fairly economical collector car


The car had been sitting idle for several years and the engine was locked up. Interior was sun damaged from the central California sun. I replaced the engine with a low mileage engine from an AMC Hornet and buffed out the paint, replaced the brakes, and refurbished the interior.

General Comments:

After the repairs, the car ran well and was very dependable. It had plenty of pickup for a six and is/was fun to drive. I drove the car fairly regularly on a 60 mile round trip commute to work. It cornered well.

It did have rattles because of the exposed metal especially in the rear quarters. The seats were comfortable for short drives, but they did promote some fatigue on longer drives.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2010

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review