I think you guys should quit whining so much. If you knew how to take care of a car properly those things wouldn't have happened to you!
Iagree with that guy every cars has its faults that's why you got to care for them.
I had an '84 Continental at the same time as my '84 Monte with a built crate motor and they weren't that far off in quickness, because the wheels were spinning too much in the Monte. It all comes down to getting all that power to the ground without waste. High hp means very little if the tires are just spinning, although it is lots of fun.
I owned a 1983 Monte Carlo CL in high school, almost 20 years ago now, and to this day I have many, many times regretted selling that car!
Did it ever have issues? Of course it did, all cars do. However I never enjoyed driving any vehicle as much as I did that car. Love the body style, the look, and I personally thought it was a very comfortable car to drive. If I had it to do over again, I would not have ever sold it, but what's done is done.
However almost 2 decades later, I am in the process of buying another Monte Carlo; this time a 1984... Basically the same thing I had, just a year newer and different color. Needs brake lines and an exhaust, but I'm OK with that... I simply can't wait to drive that old Monte again.
I owned a 1984 Monte Carlo from 2000 to 2005. I bought it with 165,000 miles, and when I sold it with 220,000 it ran and drove like new. My fondest memory is after a blizzard, having to get through 3 ft. snowdrifts, and it plowed through them like they were nothing.
This car also proved to me why I don't need to buy Japanese.