1979 AMC Spirit 232 CDI 6 from North America
A great car to have once, and only once, owned
Where to begin? In the 10 years I owned this car, virtually everything that could break, broke.
Year 1: battery cables wore through, nearly causing fire.
Year 2: water pump & thermostat needed replacing; thermostat housing cracked and needed to be replaced; wiper motor went.
Year 3: clutch linkage broke.
Year 4: radiator, heater core blew; needed new shocks.
Year 5: another water pump; distributor.
Years 7-10: water pump, again; shift linkage broke twice, locking car in 2nd; rear springs broke; new shocks again; replaced clutch; rebuilt transmission; gas gauge broke; rear view mirror fell off windshield; driver's seat broke off its mounting. All this above the normal wear and tear maintenance required. And yet...
In spite of all this, my wife and I loved this car. We factory-ordered it and waited four months to get it. Despite the fact that it seemed things were constantly either breaking or falling off, nothing ever went wrong with the engine. It just kept going. It cost $5300, including taxes and shipping and when we traded it in for a brand new 1989 Cavalier, the dealer gave us $3500 as a trade-in. And driving away from it, even knowing it was probably only one more breakage away from the junk yard, we shed a tear.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th March, 2006