1981 Chrysler Cordoba 318 V8 from North America


A trustworthy piece of Chrysler quality


New brakes twice.

Rebuilt starter.

New ehaust.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable, and trouble free vehicle I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2003

24th Nov 2013, 22:16

I'll take a Cordoba over a Thunderbird any time. It looks more of a beautiful and luxurious car. Never drove a Chrysler or owned one before, but definitely buy a 81-83 Cordoba; these cars are so sweet, with a great interior design too. You can't go wrong owning a Cordoba.

These cars are rare in the area I'm living in, but I saw one when I was little that was broke down on the side of road. Maybe saw quite few on the roads, but not broke down. I liked them back then I think. It could have been in 1993 or 1994; a very long time ago. They just don't make cars like these any more.

1977 Chrysler Cordoba 400 V8 from North America


Great classic styling, soon to be rare!


No major complaints other than the Thermo-quad carb. Hard to tune and not cheap to feed. Mystery oil leak. The transmission is starting to have "morning sickness". Worn steering gear.

General Comments:

For a heavy car, my 77 'doba handles and rides very well. Dual sway bars help it stay on the road, where other large cars buck and wallow in the curves. The 400 V-8 pushes it down the road with ease.

It is well appointed inside, and 98% of the interior is original. Dash is easy to read, well lit and ergonomic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2003

1980 Chrysler Cordoba 318 cubic inch (5.2L) from North America


A sharp, rare vehicle that's inexpensive to buy and maintain


Engine coolant leak when bought. Cost $150 to fix.

Blocked intake reducing gas mileage to 9 miles per gallon. Cost $150 to fix.

Some little things here and there, but the cost of each are almost nonexistent and not worth mentioning.

General Comments:

This car is very large and hard to navigate yet its size intimidates people and so they usually get out of the way.

Although it's considered to be a luxury car, it doesn't have many options other than air conditioning, cruise control, and tilt steering wheel.

The 318 engine is very common in Chrysler's so parts are highly accessible and cheap.

The car accelerates fast (0-60 in 12 seconds), but has a top speed of only 81 miles per hour. The engine however is REALLY quiet. I can't even begin to guess how many times I've tried to start the car when it was already running!

The car's ride tends to be quite mellow so if the front shocks are worn, you'll be riding the waves of the ocean!

Just to give an example of how well this car is built: When I got into an accident with a parked 2002 Cavalier, I only had $10 of damage while the newer car had something like $2,500!

I can get 20 miles per gallon in the city easily.

I suggest getting one now while they're still inexpensive. They're are great cars that run forever and have really low maintenance costs. I've only seen 12 others of the same body style as mine in my city since I've owned it so they're getting really rare.

Above all it's a real head turner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2002

13th Aug 2005, 17:10

I loved my 80 and wish I still had it because the ride was super smooth and I agree with the silence of the engine.

Nickel and dime repairs are nothing. I still buy Chrysler products to this day and if maintained they last for very very long times. I had almost 300,000 miles on mine when I gave it to some friends who needed a second car in 1999.

23rd Jun 2013, 02:56

I also agree with the quietness of the engine... you could barely hear it run! I had the Corinthian leather edition, and this car was just beautiful inside and the styling outside wasn't bad either. These cars were (almost) bulletproof.