1987 Chevrolet Spectrum DX 1.7 from North America
It was a great value for a growing family
Fuel pump diaphragm leaked - replaced when alcohol was added to all gasoline. About 40,000.
Totaled by insurance at 47 months. Straightened inner supports, added a new fender and hood. Drove for 6 more years.
Head gasket x 3 at 150000, 170000, and 180000 (2.5 hours first time, 70 minutes second, 45 minutes the last time).
If the mileage dropped to 30, I would change the power piston on the carb, and it would go back to the normal 40 mpg.
Don't leave the door open and let rain on those switches near the top of the dash - they short out and stick the lights on until they dry.
Rack and pinion, great handling, when loaded with family.
More room in the backseat than other compacts. The rear seat had a spring seat frame, not just a pad.
40 mpg, year after year - Had it made, and didn't know it.
Bought it off the showroom floor, brand new $7000, 2 door hatchback.
If we had a million on road now, we could be swimming in gas!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2012