Very Reliable and smart looking too!
This car was bought at a auction and inspection found the pitman arm needed to be replaced. Besides that, it was in excellent condition.
The water pump and master cylinder on the brakes have been replaced, but that's about it.
The seats had some rips in them, but a seat cover from the nearby Walmart fit perfectly and the seats look great now.
I have really enjoyed this car. I bought it at first for parts on my other 1983 Diplomat Salon, but after the car started on the second try at the auction, I decided to drive it as long as it would run. That was nearly 4 years ago.
This car has the slant six engine, not a favorite of Diplomat fans. While there is a heavy duty 6 cylinder available, my car has the civilian model, and there is no question it is slower than the V-8 models. But it has been QUITE reliable. This car never breaks down except for the one time the water pump died on the highway. ($65. and I was back on the road) It does tend to leak a tiny bit of oil when it is parked, but it never seems to be an issue as it runs great every time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th July, 2004