1969 Chrysler Valiant Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1969 Chrysler Valiant VF 225 Slant Six from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 225 Slant Six Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired19156 miles
Most recent distance33552 miles

Summary:

A reliable workhorse with the class of a Thoroughbred

Faults:

Cracked manifold (several occasions)

Electrical problems (numerous)

Heating/cooling problems (radiator etc)

Lot of rust problems, especially back guards, under back window and under vinyl roof.

General Comments:

Car is very reliable and hardworking considering it's age.

Still got the style it had 35 years ago, turns heads everywhere.

Cabin is very open and spacious, although the back could do with a bit more leg room (however, it is a 2-door model)

Seatbelts are of the magnetic clip-over style, and not 100% secure, especially for young passengers.

Prone for stalling and running rough if not allowed to warm up properly first.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2004

1969 Chrysler Valiant Ranger 4.3 6 cylinder petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.3 6 cylinder petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired299000 kilometres
Most recent distance330000 kilometres

Summary:

A gas guzzling tank

Faults:

Head blew up, top of the piston came off, broke the oil rings. Although it hadn't been running for five years! Note to put some diesel down the bore before starting an engine that has sat for a long time.

The column change broke.

General Comments:

Really cool car, but far too expensive to run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th April, 2001

12th Oct 2001, 00:23

This person obviously doesn't have a great deal of knowledge about Valiant nor any other classic cars.

7th Feb 2002, 03:40

I find it hard to believe you broke a chrysler motor in such a big way, as far as I know the valiant engine is as tough as nails and can take a boot-full of abuse..

16th Oct 2002, 12:16

What sort of abuse did you put this engine through?

21st Jan 2003, 01:10

I have never seen a Chrysler motor destruct like that, especially the slant 6. I had a friend floor the gas pedal in his /6 truck with a brick. They left it and came back to find the engine dead, but only because it was out of gas. They added more and started right up again. Either you or a previous owner must've been VERY hard on that car.

1st May 2003, 23:56

No such thing as 1969 valiant ranger. The ranger name was adopted in 1971 when the VH was released.

1st Jun 2003, 23:10

I have owned valiants for over 30 years not a better car on the road.

21st Sep 2007, 01:58

I have 1969 Valiant Regal Safari with the 225 Slant motor. My family have had Valiants all our life, and these cars are indestructible and will run forever, even when poorly maintained. Engine is very thirsty, but has lots of torque at low RPM for cruising :)

22nd Oct 2009, 18:18

I had a VJ Ranger in London, she was bullet proof.

The Hemi 6 just went on like the energizer bunny.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews