1978 AMC Gremlin X 2.0 gas
The rarity and condition make it a rewarding ownership experience
Replaced catalytic converter and muffler.
A re-manufactured smog pump.
Fuel sending unit.
First of all, I would say that the Gremlin X was very inexpensive. AMC had a lot of options for their cars. Mine is the middle of the road, as the options are a red Levi interior, power steering, and no power drum brakes. The X stripe kit helps take away from the unusual shape of a Gremlin. The 3 speed floor mounted automatic transmission is excellent, and the gear transition is superb.
The chrome bumpers, side view mirrors and roof rack help set off the beautiful Autumn Red body color. Thin whitewall striped tires also dress it up.
The 2.0 liter Audi engine is barely acceptable when going up steep inclines. A running start helps maintain speeds decently. The engine has very little torque and AMC should have explored the Porsche 924 setup or facsimile. 80 HP is a bit low for the overall weight of the car. At highway speeds it seems to like being revved up. The 2 barrel Holley carburetor stays in tune and it idles very smooth.
The brakes work well, though I would prefer power assist. It drives very straight and the suspension is on the cusp of harsh, but really not jarring. The short wheelbase does have some Jeep CJ dynamics.
I removed the gas tank and did a clean out and seal.
The interior is in excellent condition throughout, as is the exterior.
As with all Gremlin owners of today, I experience thumbs up wherever I take it. People pull out their camera phones almost every time I fill up for gas, or come get a closer look and comment on how good the condition is. A 100% working condition Gremlin has been a overall novel experience. A V8 engine would be very interesting!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th December, 2014