1974 Dodge Dart Sport 3.7 liter from North America
Simple and reliable
Nothing has gone wrong with this car. It is powered by the immortal slant six. Anything that has gone wrong has been my doing. For example, I rewired the entire car to replace ancient pitted and brittle wires, that were increasing incidences of voltage spiking. Overloaded my ignition coil because of a misplaced wire. Fried the computer module... again, a misplaced wire.
This car's wiring is as basic as they come. Nothing complicated like today's ridiculously over-computerized cars that last less than ten years... look at the pick-n-pull junk yards. Those yards are full of late model cars, abandoned because something electrical or electronic failed, causing the car to act erratic and unpredictable, and ending in a costly search for the delinquent parts, sensors or modules. Most mechanics today are baffled by the overly-complicated wiring and electronics in 'modern' cars.
My car averages 17 MPG in the city and 20 on the highway. Much less than my Cougar's 35 MPG... so, I drive it a lot less.
As well, many of the moving parts have been replaced. Few of the parts are actually original.
Too bad it's a polluter... although I plan to install a catalytic converter to reduce the pollution and the exhaust smell.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th March, 2013
15th Mar 2013, 22:55
You're going to add a catalytic converter to a car that did not come with one as original equipment?
You may well be the first person who has ever done this, at least voluntarily.
16th Mar 2013, 17:30
DO NOT add a catalytic converter to this car. It can cause overheating from excess back pressure, and can possibly cause your carpet pad to melt or catch fire. It can also cause worse smells than just normal exhaust smell. You should never put a catalytic converter on a car not designed for one.