1978 AMC Gremlin X 2.0 gas from North America
The rarity and condition make it a rewarding ownership experience
Replaced catalytic converter and muffler.
A re-manufactured smog pump.
Fuel sending unit.
First of all, I would say that the Gremlin X was very inexpensive. AMC had a lot of options for their cars. Mine is the middle of the road, as the options are a red Levi interior, power steering, and no power drum brakes. The X stripe kit helps take away from the unusual shape of a Gremlin. The 3 speed floor mounted automatic transmission is excellent, and the gear transition is superb.
The chrome bumpers, side view mirrors and roof rack help set off the beautiful Autumn Red body color. Thin whitewall striped tires also dress it up.
The 2.0 liter Audi engine is barely acceptable when going up steep inclines. A running start helps maintain speeds decently. The engine has very little torque and AMC should have explored the Porsche 924 setup or facsimile. 80 HP is a bit low for the overall weight of the car. At highway speeds it seems to like being revved up. The 2 barrel Holley carburetor stays in tune and it idles very smooth.
The brakes work well, though I would prefer power assist. It drives very straight and the suspension is on the cusp of harsh, but really not jarring. The short wheelbase does have some Jeep CJ dynamics.
I removed the gas tank and did a clean out and seal.
The interior is in excellent condition throughout, as is the exterior.
As with all Gremlin owners of today, I experience thumbs up wherever I take it. People pull out their camera phones almost every time I fill up for gas, or come get a closer look and comment on how good the condition is. A 100% working condition Gremlin has been a overall novel experience. A V8 engine would be very interesting!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th December, 2014
28th Dec 2014, 05:11
God bless you.
2.0 Gremlin. I'll never forget Consumer Reports road test of this car/engine/transmission combination - 63 MPH quarter mile. Nuff said.
You're hardcore :)
28th Dec 2014, 21:49
Look up my 73 Gremlin X with factory V8. Manual trans.
25th Feb 2015, 13:47
Passed by old ladies on tricycles?
7th Apr 2015, 00:57
Hardcore? Not really. More patient than most drivers I would say. It does the speed limit. I find it hard to believe that 63 mph 1/4 mile time. Maybe uphill. True it had very little power down low, but it's adequate for a 70 mph speed limit.
The novelty of the car outweighs the power shortcomings. I love cars with character and unusual styling. I also have a Chrysler Crossfire, a mint 1986 Audi 5000 turbo Quattro, and a 1994 Mercedes S420. The Audi is my favorite.
7th Apr 2015, 18:58
Many drop a 401 AMC engine in a Gremlin. I did some performance mods to my factory 304 V8 5 litre. Added larger tires without lifting the car. And Lakewood traction bars. I cut the rubber snubbers in half. The rear end would disappear in burnouts. As I recall, I ordered with a 3:91 rear.