1977 Plymouth Volare 318 2bbl
Family size sports car
The starter went bad at 165,000 miles.
This car was the best $200 that I ever spent. Great gas mileage, with plenty of power. I never had any problems keeping up with traffic.
The coupe also drove like a sports car. However it could be a real monster on ice covered roads.
The car was the most the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. It never left me stranded or failed to start. The only problem I had, was the starter began to drag. This caused the battery to drain quickly. I installed a new starter, which fixed the problem.
I will always look back on that car with nothing but the fondest memories. I believe selling that car was one of the toughest things I've ever done.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th September, 2002
9th Jan 2005, 13:52
A Volare was what my parents bought me for my first school car. Extremely ugly, but mostly reliable with a strong slant 6 motor. Put that car through more than the usual teenage paces (spinning cookies, beating down gravel roads at excessive speeds, sliding around corners, etc.) and it continued to plod along. I actually bought the car back from my parents when I was in college so my girlfriend would have something to drive to work (She hated it), but it still ran well so many years later.
9th Jan 2006, 18:41
If the only problem he ever had was a starter that went bad at 165,000 miles, I don't think anybody can really say anything too bad about it. Maybe the "sports car" line was a little over the top, but the 318 wasn't bad either. I had a friend with a '77 Aspen station wagon, with a 318 and 4-speed. While beat and ragged, it had some real tire-smoking ability.
27th Apr 2009, 20:23
Well, all I have to say is that I bought my first car when I was 17. It was a '77 Plymouth Volare. I drove it from NJ to CA. I'm 32 now and I still have that car and it's runs great. Everyone who knows about cars loves my car and the friends I have that thought/think it's ugly or aren't sure if it's reliability...well, they've all had to get new cars. Oh, and I have no problem keeping up with anyone. It's a stick, it rides smooth and I think it's beautiful. :)