AMC Rebel Reviews

1970 AMC Rebel V8 from North America

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance89005 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

The AMC has the best combination of great qualities

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with my AMC yet, though I haven't drove it far at all.

There was seat wear badly on the front seat when I first bought it.

General Comments:

Well I have hot rodded it once, and it moves like a dream.

I have racing tires on my Rebel, and it still burns out when I hit the gas, no matter where you're at.

I fully rebuilt my AMC from top to bottom; that's why it took 7 years from the time I bought it to get it on the road.

The only problem I have had is the dash fabric is rolling up at the front from the heat over the years.

When I found my AMC, I was amazed that there was only surface rust on it, and the body was completely solid.

I think my car is pretty rare, cause I have the four door family model, and it has the sport package under the hood.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2007

22nd Jul 2007, 14:45

I do agree with you that those AMC Rebel's are pretty rare cars, I've only seen a couple in my lifetime, what engine does your Rebel have?

31st Jul 2007, 19:21

What, exactly, is the "sport package under the hood"?

1968 AMC Rebel 232 from North America

Model year1968
Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership1967
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission 232 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance185750 miles
Previous carFord Galaxie

Summary:

A great car that is missed very much

Faults:

Shocks and bushings in front end needed replacement at 100,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car was black with power steering and air, AM 8 track radio.

The car was very reliable with no repairs required for years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2006

1967 AMC Rebel SST 2-door hardtop 232 Six from North America

Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 232 Six Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

Simple, rugged, dependable, good-looking car

Faults:

Heater core leak.

General Comments:

I sold my increasingly troublesome '98 Firebird and bought the 39-year-old Rebel to use as my daily driver. Tell me I'm crazy, but just hear me out.

I've since put on thousands of trouble-free miles. I know there's no comparison to the Firebird for performance and modern features, but I have come to really appreciate the Rambler for its rugged, simple construction, dependability, good looks, comfort and uniqueness. People stop me all the time to ask about it, share their memories, or compliment me on the car. Sure, I feel sometimes like I'm "roughing it" in this day and age, with manual windows, brakes and steering, but it builds character, right? :-)

Parts and service have been so much less expensive on this car than the modern Pontiac, and it's nice to know I'm putting my money and time into something that's appreciating in value rather than depreciating.

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

Review Date: 30th July, 2006

1967 AMC Rebel Sedan 4.0L V8 from North America

Model year1967
Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carAMC Rebel

Summary:

This car is a reliable, well-built classic

Faults:

Electrical system is a little strange.

Dimmer switch has a intermittent short.

Replaced circuit board.

Temperature control sensor (probably not the right name)

Carb needs rebuild.

Slight oil leak (needs seal)

Trunk leaks.

Recovered seats.

Needs carpet kit.

General Comments:

This is a very basic car with manual brakes and steering and an AM radio. But everything works. I found the car at a dealership in Richmond, B.C. Apparently it had been sitting in an older gentleman's yard along with a few Mercedes' and some other different cars for at least a decade. I paid $3200 Cdn, which I think was a fair price.

Gas mileage is surprizingly OK for a small V8. Not too much poop, but it accelerates OK when I need it too. The suspension provides a very smooth ride.

For a 38 year old car it is very reliable. I drive it daily and it starts right away, but I have to warm it up throughly or it stalls when I stop.

The body has absolutely no rust, although the paint is beginning to fade.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th December, 2005

1970 AMC Rebel SST 232-i6 from North America

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1972
Most recent year of ownership1975
Engine and transmission 232-i6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles

Summary:

Charming family car

Faults:

The Borg-Warner automatic packed up at 20,000 miles and was replaced by a (far superior) Chrysler 904 unit.

The single-throat carburetor often jammed shut on very cold mornings and needed to be propped open with a bic pen.

The front fenders rusted through in three years (an AMC problem).

The trunk lid lip rusted.

General Comments:

Handling was not terribly precise, with numb power steering, but it did have good directional stability a high speeds and was predictable at the limit.

The manual drum brakes were just adequate; not prone to fade, but requiring a lot of pedal pressure for hard stops.

Ride and noise levels were okay by the standards of 1970. The seats looked nice and were comfortable... the SST trim models were far more attractive and livable than the base model!

The high dash and big glovebox were fine, and the controls were easy to reach.

The best feature was the incredible amount of room, bigger than some full size cars of the day, and the trunk was gigantic.

Performance from even the base six was decent (cruise all day at 70mph, top out at close to 100mph), the car coped well with heavy loads, and fuel mileage was good for the day (up to 22mpg imperial).

Would have been an exceptional car if AMC had just refined it a bit; later versions were better, but perhaps not as well made.

The car protected us in a fairly serious collision (some whiplash, car was totaled), and we missed it for years...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2005

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews