Carburetor needed constant adjustment.
Exhaust and muffler rusted, still loud when replaced.
Seat belts stopped retracting.
Doors wouldn't latch in the cold.
Temperature gage inaccurate.
Rear hatch wouldn't stay up.
Headlights needed alignment.
Four wheel drive didn't work.
Bad heater core.
Heater air smelled like mice droppings.
My father had picked it up from an old man who bought it new and figured with the low-mileage it was a gem and it would make a good car, it wasn't. I had to borrow it while my '87 Caprice coupe was in for body work from a deer.
Hardly stylish when new, the basic body style is from 1970! How dare American Motors let a 70's design with huge fender flares yet, be made in the 1980's!
Nobody could ever figure out the idle adjustment and it would stall at traffic lights.
Bad brakes, skids too easily.
Slow acceleration and embarrassing to drive with the outlandish tan and brown paint, huge wire wheels, and high stance.
Interior motor noise (buzz) was loud, even with new muffler.
Cramped legroom, uncomfortable seats on long trips, shifter digs into your leg, seat belt latches dig into your arm, can't stretch out.
Poor handling, rough ride like a Volvo.
Quick on the highway though, slow in city traffic, don't try any quick maneuvers.
Despite all it's faults, it's a solidly built car. Good materials and quality construction.
Don't let the realistic woodgrain and sculpted seats fool you- it'll make you miserable if you drive it all day between the interior noise, the ride, lack of power, handling, stares from people.
Hard to start at times unless you give it the right amount of gas.
Good off-road when four wheel drive worked right.
Not worth getting- just get a Jeep or 80s/90s Blazer, easier to modify and they have more potential.
Unless you off-road a lot and want to be noticed, for the small amount of time you need the 4x4 (e.g. winter driving) it's not worth getting, too much upkeep and too ugly of a car.