A great, smooth, unusual car, kind of lost in the modern world, but still survives
The car is 31 years old and has truly been a great car. Very few cars even last 31 years.
A few power windows over that past 31 years.
Transmission leak at the front seal.
Engine rebuilt in 2000 (the car was 19 years old) at 75,000-miles. Not unusual for this new "Diesel" technology that GM rushed to market in the late 70's (oil leaks - low compression, coolant leaks, getting harder to start), but the engine never actually gave out.
Rebuilt engine has head studs, solid copper head gaskets, and a beefed up mains. I added a water separator as well.
Injection pump rebuilt in 2000 also. Was leaking a small amount of diesel fuel due to old seals.
Glow plug system converted to push button activation with all new glow plugs several times over 31 years.
2 alternators in 31 years.
4 or 5 water pumps in 31 years.
1 fuel pump - I converted it to electric in 2000.
I drove this car to work for 20 years. Just down the road. It always started (no matter how cold) and never had to be towed once.
The car has been great. It can get up to 33 MPG on the highway at 55mph if driven like a Granny.
In town with the A/C on - it will get 17 MPG or more. By the way, the A/C is still 100% original with a minor leak - 1 pound of Freon per summer.
The old car drives so smooth and the cloth pillow top seats are amazingly comfortable. The car is by far more comfortable than any car built in the past 20 years.
The diesel engine is a bit loud, but these cars have become so rare, that at gas stations people always walk up to talk about the car, once they hear the diesel clatter.
The power steering is so easy to turn, and the car drives like a real boat. The ride almost makes you feel like you are on water, as you can feel no road bumps whatsoever.
The car is probably not up to speed in today's fast paced "rat race" world, but it is sure nice to drive on a Sunday.
It is a great car from a past time in automotive history in the United States.
By today's standards the car is under-powered, but we have to remember why the car was built during the energy crisis, the car was built for MPG - not horse power. Jimmy Carter was still in the White House when this car was being built.
I still enjoy driving the car, and will never sell it. I love the smell of the diesel exhaust along with the sounds.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd May, 2012