1977 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon 350-4bbl from North America
Never should have sold it!
The car was very, very reliable. Oil/filter/lube every 3000 miles kept it going so long.
Body held up exceptionally well.
Original A/C compressor and 350 engine at 200,000+ miles. It used 1/2 quart of oil every 1500 miles.
Interior (except for headliner) was still in great shape.
15-16 miles per gallon city, and 19-20 miles per gallon highway at 60-65 miles per hour.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th March, 2008
I know why GM, Ford, and Chrysler don't make cars like this anymore. They can't make money on repairs for stuff that doesn't break. Wreck a 350 Chevy engine and an old turbo TH350, 700 or 400 transmission and there are thousands upon thousands of used ones still sitting in junk yards for a fraction of a price of new ones. True you can still buy a Crown Vic, Lincoln, Grand Marquis or Charger rear wheel drive, but all new cars are electrical and computer nightmares when it comes to repairs.
Cars of this vintage are too often criticized for being gas guzzlers and boats. The fact that many are still on the road at all speaks volumes about their reliability. 15 City and 21 highway MPG is outstanding for a medium sized, carberated V8 with a 3-speed automatic. Not to mention in a 31 year old car that weighs over 4000 lbs. Today we have 2 1/2 and 3 ton SUV's with motors that pump out over 300 HP, 5 and 6 speed automatics that have more technology than we sent to the moon. And fuel economy has actually become worse. What's wrong with this picture?