1982 AMC Eagle SX/4 258 6 cylinder from North America


My favorite Eagle


Only minor things have gone bad, through age mostly, such as front axle vacuum motor and master and slave clutch cylinders.

The air injection tube manifold has rusted out (though the exhaust "growl" makes for a "beefier" sound)

The seats sit too low, and the seats don't recline.

General Comments:

The SX/4 has a sporty look and feel; it gets it's share of compliments and is fun to drive.

Because of the weight distribution, the rear brakes tend to lock up too easily, and the four wheel drive feature is a necessity in snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2004

1982 AMC Eagle SX/4 4.2 I-6 from North America


A Good Fixer-uper


First, I Purchased this from a guy who rebuilt the engine and transmition, but then left it sit outside for 3 years. This Is the biggest problem.

Very rough idle, and idle speed.

Bumps (hops) in reverse.

Battery light is always on, but seams to be nothing wrong with the charging system.

"Clunking" when at idle or hitting the brakes hard.

Brake lines have to be replaced, along with the fuel lines.

Vacuum lines rotting away, being replaced. Vacuum leaks everywhere.

Leaks in the rain.

Seats torn up.

Floor boards rusted out.

Drivers window (manual) is unable to open/close all the way.

General Comments:

This car I recently bought for a buck from one of my fathers friends. It had the engine, and the transmition rebuilt up to specs, but then he left it outside his garage for 3 years. When I got their it was sitting under a tree with leaves all over the seats (the drivers window was open all this time) all tires flat, no battery, leaves in the carb, mouse nest in the air filter, and then no oil. It toke me a while to get it going. after fixing all those things, I went into the drivers seat and started it up. It started with a lot of stumbling, and dust and leaves going everywhere. Drivable, but having no brakes I had to get it onto a trailer and haul it home. Slowly rebuilding it myself with all the problems, I already love the car. Living in MN with the salty roads in the winter it did its damage, with floors to where you can stick your foot outside while driving if you're not careful. Being a car lover I expect to build it up to its original looks and specifications. I already started with the carb. fixed the 4-wheel drive, and had the valve cover replaced with the metal cover. I hope in the end this car will bring me joy for all the money I'm going to be putting into it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th March, 2004

11th Mar 2004, 21:36

Well just to ad to this, I have got a new carb, and now it runs great. nothing can stop me now!

26th Dec 2008, 17:41

Replacing the old AMC carb with a Weber carb will fix all of the running problems, also have an electric choke available, I have installed one on the 2.5 and the 258 engines, the car sits for months then starts right up and runs smooth.

1982 AMC Eagle SX/4 Sport 4.2 Inline Six from North America


An affordable 4WD Jewel


The input shaft lugs on the torque converter were cracked causing the front seal to leak. Torque converter, front seals and flex plate were replaced for less than $500, including labor.

This has been the only repair needed.

General Comments:

A nimble and durable 22 year old car.

Excellent handling for a vehicle of this type, yet gets 26 mpg on the highway.

I have owned over 15 AMC products and have recently began collecting them again. Of all my AMC's, new and used, this one has been just about the best of the bunch.

This car is stock in every respect and was owned by one person until I bought it.

Though built on an outdated 1970's platform its styling for some reason appears much newer than it is and many persons seeing it think it is a much newer car.

Had AMC stuck with cars like this they may have survived until today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th December, 2003