24th Nov 2003, 20:13
Go to Chevytalk.org. It's a wonderful online forum for Chevrolet enthusiasts.
I own a 1985 Citation with the 2.5 engine in it, and yes they are powerful and can haul!! Get this, I heard the engine is only 90 horsepower!!
As these cars age, you need to keep a lookout for rust, and eliminate any rust you find by sanding it and then painting it.. This means ripping up the carpet and inspecting the metal floor for flaked paint or surface rust. Believe me, if you don't get it fixed, you are heading for real trouble!!
Also the engine is a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder. These engines have a tendency to leak oil from the valve cover and from the oil pan. After a few years, you will notice the engine is covered in oil. The remedy is: Pull the engine and check the pan and valve cover for leaks, and then replace the gaskets...
Good luck with your Citation!!
2nd Dec 2003, 17:35
I also have an 82' Citation, it's a four door hatchback tu tone silver/red paint job, it has 90,000 miles and its in decent shape for its age, only a little surface rust, but the engine is covered in oil (thank you for the tip on the oil leak) it is not a quick leak, because I never see oil on the ground, but I know it is leaking because from the bottom of the valve cover all the way down theres nothing, but old oil/grease everywhere, it runs great though.
LONG LIVE THE CITATION!
26th Dec 2003, 00:24
The 4 cylinder engine IS 90 horsepower. Here is the proof:
It says "power rating---90*"
then down below it says
"*---horsepower of engine" or something like that.
These cars are durable, reliable and fairly quick. But they were not designed as a sports car or a "fast" car. They were designed for maximum fuel economy.
I was the reviewer of the 1982 review that mentions the 90 horsepower rating of the iron duke 4 banger.
Not trying to stir up trouble, just want people to get the facts straight about the Citation :-)
The V6 developed 115 horsepower; pretty good for the early 80s.
The X-ll V6 made 135 horsepower I think... That is powerful for a light car like the Citation.
Good luck with the 1000 mile Citation; that would be cool.
Mine only has 25,000, but boy the interior is in bad shape; more things rip/fall off every day. But some work would restore it to new condition, however I don't have the time, nor the money to do it at 16 years old haha :-)