A fine car, apart from the engine
Rust, not good when I bought it, although it didn't get much worse.
Rebuilt brake caliper.
Engine rebuilt twice.
Batteries replaced (it has two).
Starter motor replaced.
My first American car, very comfortable. I was surprised at how few creature comforts I took for granted in European cars were absent. No reclining seats, no back seat armrest, hand cranked windows, the rears only went down halfway - I subsequently found this on a lot of American cars.
However it had comfortable seats and plenty of legroom front and rear, and the trunk was huge, despite the spare wheel taking up a lot of space.
Performance was smooth rather than swift, and the transmission was very smooth.
It was a very good tow car.
Handling was better than I expected, although not great, and it had a remarkable turning circle for such a large car - I could park in amazingly tight gaps.
I replaced the dim sealed beam headlights with Hella halogen lights (a straight swap).
The wiper switch wasn't on a stalk, but I soon got used to it.
American cars don't seem to have headlight flashers; this was disconcerting at first, and I liked the foot operated dip switch.
I wish I had known more about the diesel engine when I rebuilt it. It seems the early engines were a disaster, but later ones (and rebuilt units from Goodwrench) were much better. I didn't know enough about these engines when I rebuilt them; consequently I didn't do the job properly, and gave up on the car when the crankshaft snapped.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th October, 2011