1977 Plymouth Volare Custom 318 V8
A wild thrill ride that can be a sleeper or a true bad to the bone road warrior
My rear end went out at 77,000 miles.
My torque converter blew apart at 82,000 miles.
My rear leaf springs broke and needed replacement.
The problems I have experienced with the car were all self induced. After purchasing the car, I promptly upgraded the intake and carburetor to produce more power. It was so successful that I failed to look ahead and realize that the drive train could not handle the additional performance.
The first problem was when the rear gears shot out of the housing. I upgraded to an 8-1/4 and have not had a problem since. The second problem was when the torque converter finally went out and blew pieces into the transmission from high torque loads. This problem was fixed when a custom built torque-flight 727 and high stall converter replaced the 904. Unfortunately, by using the new transmission with harder shifting, the rear leaf springs became too stressed and 3 of the 4 leafs on each side literally broke. After replacing them with 5-leaf heavy-duty springs, the car hasn't had a problem.
The car has outperformed every goal I have set to this date. It currently reaches speeds in excess of 140 and can out corner most modern home tuned sports cars. It can hold it's own against any of the lighter imports without breaking a sweat. The car begs for corners, and on long open roads it fly's smoothly at high speeds.
The car has always been able to get me to and from work. It never fails to start when needed. Even through all of the rough treatment, it keeps going.
The only gripe I have is the fuel economy, but that is mostly my own fault for poorly jetting the car. I figure that once the car is jetted properly, it will perform very well by modern standards.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2003