1979 Chrysler Cordoba 360 and 318 from North America


Best vehicles I have ever owned in both looks and performance!


In all of the years that I have had these two cars, I have had to do very little maintenance on them. Mostly wear and tear for being so old, but overall they have been more than fantastic!

I drove the 360 from Washington State to Minnesota, then from Minnesota to Texas, just to drive it all the way from Texas back to Minnesota, and I didn't have one problem the whole way! This was in the last two years it went all those miles.

Both of these vehicles are 1979's, and for the two of them I have spent less than 1,000 in parts and maintenance for BOTH since I bought them.

Great vehicles; would drive them forever if they can keep up!

I bought them both originally for $400.00 and would never give them up. Sorry guys, not even to save the world!

I will say that I did have a timing belt stretch in both of them, which is a common problem for these vehicles, but if you have a mechanical background, nearly everything besides an engine or transmission on these cars can be done for less than $100.00. CHEAP PARTS!

Best cars I have ever owned hands down! Chrysler deserves a cookie for making these luxurious beauties.

General Comments:

Best vehicle I have ever owned. If you can find one you are one lucky soul. I was fortunate enough to get two of them, and would travel across the country if I knew someone was selling for cheap. I love to restore vehicles that deserve it :D.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2008

15th Apr 2008, 11:12

No reason to be so sarcastic about the "timing belt" faux pas, the rest of his review was totally valid. My family still has the 1975 Charger (nameplate alternate of the Cordoba) that my dad bought new, and it's still one of the quietest, smoothest cars on the road. The 318 has a good chance of running practically forever.

19th Nov 2009, 23:42

I wouldn't say Cordoba's aren't memorable. When I mention my Cordoba to people they always recall the styling and the commercials. At the time Chrysler needed a high selling car and the Cordoba was it.

1978 Chrysler Cordoba 360 Two Barrel from North America


Underrated by the Ricardo Montalban ads


The front end was worn out by the time I bought the car. I replaced the bushings, ball joints, and tie rod ends.

The transmission started slipping a bit after 132,000 miles, and started leaking through the front pump area. We rebuilt the transmission, replacing the standard consumables (clutches, bands, some of the wearing metal parts), resealed the transmission, and reinstalled.

The torque converter's lockup clutch is starting to go, and under too much torque it'll slip to acting like a non-lockup converter.

The steering gearbox is worn, and there is about twenty degrees of play in the steering.

The muffler failed at about 112,000 miles and had to be replaced.

I upgraded to a 100 amp alternator, and it failed within six months. I blame the rebuild though, not Chrysler.

The radiator failed at about 115,000 miles. Since I live in the desert, I replaced the two core radiator with a three core radiator.

The exhaust manifolds started leaking and had to be removed, cleaned, and reinstalled with gaskets. (they were installed metal to metal at the factory)

The dash pad and several of the interior pieces had degraded and were replaced. The seats continue to wear, mainly from being in 100+ degree weather for six months at a stretch for the last 25 years.

The Electronic Lean Burn computer was experiencing problems, and had to be bypassed. This also required replacing the non-vacuum distributor with a vacuum-advance distributor.

The starter failed after about 125,000 miles. The cheap rebuild that I installed failed about 3000 miles later.

The original from disc brakes had to be replaced after about 135,000 miles after I didn't get to the worn pads soon enough.

The turn signal switch is starting to have trouble, with the plastic part in the column.

The steering column tilt mechanism has a bolt loose, and the column can shift a little more than it's supposed to.

General Comments:

This car has been a lot of fun to drive. It's also been fun to work on. Many of the things listed in the 'wrong' category were things that could have been lived with, but I felt like fixing them.

Bodily, the car is still in excellent shape, especially considering that it's 25 years old and has never had any body work performed. The paint is a little tired, but that's to be expected.

Mechanically, the majority of the issues that have come up have been small, or expected at least. The transmission's problems were annoying, but pulling it out from under the car was relatively straightforward, and rebuilding it wasn't too difficult either. It took a weekend.

Considering the cost I paid for the car ($1200), and the costs of the repairs over the last two years (less than the cost of the car), I'd definitely say that I've come out ahead.

Post-suspension rebuild, the car handles surprisingly well, and corners well with its front and rear sway bars. It also accelerates well, despite only have a two barrel carburetor on a smog-year 360 engine. With the 9.25" 3.21 Sure Grip rear axle, I can surprise people occasionally off the line, and I've never worried about traction in bad weather.

It is sometimes difficult to park, but I've noticed that people tend to avoid parking too close to me. One of the benefits of having something that is made out of real metal, unlike the Thunderbird that I used to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2003