1981 Chevrolet Citation 2.8L from North America
You turn left, it'd stall. You turn right, it'd stall. Press on the gas, it'd stall. Press on the brake, it'd stall. Shifting from Park to Drive, dropped into gear violently (BANG!), and stall. Shifting from Park to Reverse, dropped into gear violently (BANG!), and stall. Shifting from Neutral to Drive, dropped into gear violently (BANG!), and stall. Had to drive 2-footed just to change direction!
Dash lights like to flash and dance periodically.
Needed a carburator that was worth more than the car. Filled up every 2 days!!
Rusted as if GM put a UV catalyst in the paint! Fenders and quarter panels became wavy from UV.
Useless vertically mounted radio.
At one point the tranny steamed out all of its ATF out of every orifice like a tea kettle.
Had to silicone a window shut, kept flopping down.
Dash was all dried out and handles started breaking off in my hand!!
Piece of crap car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th May, 2001
In my opinion any car that gets 200,000 miles can't be that bad.
Unless it's a Citation.
The stalling was a "feature" on my dad's new Citation in 1980, but it was fixed by the dealer (I believe that GM issued a technical service bulletin on the stalling problem). Perhaps the previous owner (s) of your car never had this checked.
Once the stalling problem was fixed, the car ran very reliably until I totalled it in 1989. At the time of my accident the car had 120,000 miles and was still running strong.