1977 Chrysler Cordoba 400 V8

Summary:

Great classic styling, soon to be rare!

Faults:

No major complaints other than the Thermo-quad carb. Hard to tune and not cheap to feed. Mystery oil leak. The transmission is starting to have "morning sickness". Worn steering gear.

General Comments:

For a heavy car, my 77 'doba handles and rides very well. Dual sway bars help it stay on the road, where other large cars buck and wallow in the curves. The 400 V-8 pushes it down the road with ease.

It is well appointed inside, and 98% of the interior is original. Dash is easy to read, well lit and ergonomic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2003

1980 Chrysler Cordoba 318 cubic inch (5.2L)

Summary:

A sharp, rare vehicle that's inexpensive to buy and maintain

Faults:

Engine coolant leak when bought. Cost $150 to fix.

Blocked intake reducing gas mileage to 9 miles per gallon. Cost $150 to fix.

Some little things here and there, but the cost of each are almost nonexistent and not worth mentioning.

General Comments:

This car is very large and hard to navigate yet its size intimidates people and so they usually get out of the way.

Although it's considered to be a luxury car, it doesn't have many options other than air conditioning, cruise control, and tilt steering wheel.

The 318 engine is very common in Chrysler's so parts are highly accessible and cheap.

The car accelerates fast (0-60 in 12 seconds), but has a top speed of only 81 miles per hour. The engine however is REALLY quiet. I can't even begin to guess how many times I've tried to start the car when it was already running!

The car's ride tends to be quite mellow so if the front shocks are worn, you'll be riding the waves of the ocean!

Just to give an example of how well this car is built: When I got into an accident with a parked 2002 Cavalier, I only had $10 of damage while the newer car had something like $2,500!

I can get 20 miles per gallon in the city easily.

I suggest getting one now while they're still inexpensive. They're are great cars that run forever and have really low maintenance costs. I've only seen 12 others of the same body style as mine in my city since I've owned it so they're getting really rare.

Above all it's a real head turner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2002

13th Aug 2005, 17:10

I loved my 80 and wish I still had it because the ride was super smooth and I agree with the silence of the engine.

Nickel and dime repairs are nothing. I still buy Chrysler products to this day and if maintained they last for very very long times. I had almost 300,000 miles on mine when I gave it to some friends who needed a second car in 1999.

23rd Jun 2013, 02:56

I also agree with the quietness of the engine... you could barely hear it run! I had the Corinthian leather edition, and this car was just beautiful inside and the styling outside wasn't bad either. These cars were (almost) bulletproof.

1979 Chrysler Cordoba 318

Summary:

Personal Luxury from the 70's

Faults:

When the car was new there were many, many small problems. The car was in the shop weekly for warranty work until the warranty finally ran out (12000 miles).

None of the problems were major, but all were annoying to say the least. Fit and finish were not good, but considering it was built in the 70's that is no surprise. The major problems were: Transmission Torque Converter went out at 80000 miles, only one week after having the fluid changed. The radiator was rotted out at 120000 miles and I replaced it with a new one. At 100000 miles there was one burned valve so I had a full valve job done then. Many problems with the carburetor, including problems with the choke. Finally replaced the carburetor and it was somewhat better after that. The car was very hard on brakes during the first 10 years, but got better after that.

General Comments:

In all the Cordoba is a classy car with too many small problems. I would not classify these as design flaws, but problems with quality control at the factory. It seems as if the factory expected the dealers to re-do the work for them that was done improperly to begin with.

Still have the car, but it is stored now. Still has the original paint and leather seats, all look exceptional.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2002

14th Apr 2006, 15:46

I owned a Cordoba in the past, until the highway salt melted it away. It was a beautiful car to drive, and was a great highway car with lots of passing power. It was a bugger to park sometimes, but you kind of got used to it after awhile. It was very roomy in front, as I am a pretty big guy, but people in the back were kind of squashed. I was only disappointed that it did not have a 4 door model, to make it easier for passengers to get in/out of the backseat, as well I was always worried that I would get the overly large door nailed by a passing car. I loved the marker light on the outside, made it look even more classy. I was kind of ticked off when the Cordoba was cancelled by Chrysler, as I probably would have the current version of that model.