1973 Dodge Dart Swinger 226 slant six from North America
Extremely reliable basic transportation
Broke a torsion bar spring.
My father in law bought this car new, and drove it until a front spring broke. It was a bit rusty at the time, so he bought a new car.
This car had only one option - the automatic transmission. Otherwise it was a completely bare model. No carpets (rubber floor mat) and vinyl seats. No radio. Manual steering, manual brakes (no power assists). Even some interior panels were bare metal. Even the windshield washer was manual, and not electric. It used a foot pump to squirt washer fluid on the window.
It was completely reliable. Nothing, not one thing broke or failed on it, ever. It always started and ran. Zero problems until a front spring broke, which is a somewhat common failure.
The car's performance was modest. It was not fast, but it kept up with traffic. It was not very quiet or comfortable, but it got you to your destination. The ride was a bit rough, for a car.
The interior was roomy and the trunk was pretty big, but the exterior dimensions were pretty compact.
Driving it was a bit of a chore. The manual controls were heavy and it took real effort to drive the beast. Overall, it was strictly basic transportation, without a lick of fun or entertainment. But the total reliability and low initial cost means a lot. A very sensible car for a young family with little extra money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd November, 2014