12th Aug 2002, 10:56

Citations are one of the worst cars GM produced. But how can you call yours a piece of crap when it had 186,000 miles when you got it. Any car with those kind of miles is not likely to be a quality automobile. I'm suprized a citation lasted that long. You should be grateful you got that many miles out of a citation.

9th Aug 2003, 23:27

I agree with the very first comment. I have owned many automobiles and without a doubt this is the worst I have ever invested money in. I purchased my 1980 Citation last year from "the literal" little old lady who was the second owner of that car, as I have the papers that prove she was. I thought I was doing her a good deed by taking it off her hands after her husband passed away as she no longer needed a 2nd car. Have I ever learned by lesson about doing good deeds for old ladies. Specifically, I have spent more on the carburetor system trying to get it to stop stalling every time you stop at a light, stop sign or what ever. I am beginning to think that maybe I should purchase a gas well just to keep it in gasoline, as it only gets about 14 miles per gallon. Filling up ever 2 to 3 days is expensive here in Montana. Honestly, I would not be able to sleep if I pawned that thing off on someone else. Anyway, buyers beware of this monster.

21st Mar 2004, 17:46

Have you ever heard of a "choke"? Come on this is pointing to a choke problem from every angle! Stalls at lights? Gets horrible gas mileage? And I bet it has NO get-up and go. FIX THE CHOKE! Carburetors are fine as long as they are working well, but when they are not working well, they REALLY aren't working well. A carburetor walks on a fine line of excellent mileage and performance, if it isn't on that fine line, it is in the ditch. Fix the choke and replace the air and fuel filters, it will run much better.

12th Jul 2007, 12:39

Hondas are not maintenance free, they have their share of problems like any other car. Its because of cars like the Citation that the "buy a Honda" mentality still thrives today. In reality, American cars are the best value today when you combine performance with dependability and availability of parts.

10th Jan 2008, 15:02

Citations may not be the best car ever built, but it's old and high miles. You can't expect new car reliability. On the bright side, they are right parts are cheap and easy to find.

With respect to Hondas being more reliable, I think not. I have three friends with 2 newer Civics and an Accord. All three have had to have multiple transmission rebuilds inside of the 1st 3 years of owner ships. One Civic and the Accord both had the stereo/HVAC controls fail. They seem terribly reliable to me. Good thing they paid more than the American equivalent. This way they can keep paying more to fix them.

2nd Jul 2011, 03:59

I'd agree.

In Norway Honda is high rated, but an old Chevy will still be much more reliable than a new Honda, or a new Chevy.

In Norway a new car with big engine costs more than 100.000 USD. Most of it in taxes.

You Americans are strange. You've destroyed your own car-industry, and started to buy Japanese cars. Ask the Germans, or the French, they will never buy a Japanese car.

Japanese cars are mostly quite poorly built, they have a lot of noise at highway speeds, and the quality is not the best, however it's good on some cars, like Toyotas, Hondas and some Nissans. The rest of the Japanese cars are really bad. The biggest problems with Japanese cars though is the rust. In Norway you'll never find a Japanese car that is over 8 years old without rust.

I ran a 1980 Buick Skylark for about 10 years. 2.8 litre V6 and automatic transmission. When I sold it, the mileage was 220.000 miles, and it stills runs today.

Now I've a 89 Caprice Brougham. Only 160.000 miles on the odometer. And a 67 Buick Riviera. Great cars.

2nd Jul 2011, 13:42

I totally agree with comment 03:59. I've owned, driven and worked on Japanese and American vehicles, and in no case have I seen better quality in Japanese cars. They are cheaply built using thinner metals, more plastic (even in vital systems) and reliability has been worse with Japanese cars by far than American cars. Americans seem easily misled by advertising, and seem to despise their own country. I find that very confusing personally. It has destroyed many American jobs.