1988 Dodge Diplomat V8 5.0 from North America
Trusty old Dodge; analogue, no digital trash
Nothing so far. I bought this car straight away, after seeing the just like new condition of it. The local dealer had it after its elderly owner had seen fit to part with it for something more modern.
For 600 bucks, this is a one off. I just can't understand why someone would part with it.
It is a lovely maroon colour, and brightwork that would put any Peterbilt to shame. It runs like an old fashioned wind up Timex; inexpensive, but totally reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th May, 2012
8th May 2012, 12:05
I couldn't agree more - the classic analog heavy-duty technology beats everything made today. We used to run these as taxis, and they lasted a long, long time, even under heavy abuse.
9th May 2012, 17:25
Ho hum, and back in 1988 I had to hear about how much better cars from the 1950's were compared to the plastic junk that was being made then, including Dodge Diplomats. I predict that 30 years from now, there will be those who insist that their 2012 model with a gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine is waaay better than the electric or hydrogen powered cars that are likely to be common by then.
10th May 2012, 11:53
Seriously, you don't really believe that people will be driving around in cars in twenty or thirty years time, do you?
At the rate the world is changing, there will be no mode of transport, only your humble legs, because look around you. Who on earth will be able to buy a car if they are not earning a wage, and brother, sooner or later, that will include you too.
11th May 2012, 06:11
Huzzah! You are so correct! The rich will drive cars (or have them driven for them), but the vast majority - the working class - will not be able to afford them. This is where capitalism is taking us.
12th May 2012, 00:02
I agree about only the rich being able to buy cars IF the Republicans gain control of our government. They want to destroy the middle class, distribute their wealth and property to the wealthy, and create a slave class.
14th May 2012, 12:52
Funny, I saw a Dodge Diplomat the other day. It kinda looked like a Lincoln Town Car, except for the excess mass, and strangely it had a lot lot more chrome compared to the more upmarket Lincoln of the same era, and also the interior is super cool, what with the nice gauges and the chrome surrounds around them.
18th May 2012, 12:05
The M body Diplomat and Fifth Avenue had a lot of stainless steel around the wheels, and plenty of chrome on the grille and bumpers, but in the 1970s, what domestic maker had not; very few.
One point I would like to make, is that a well tuned Dodge 318 is the golden nugget of US built V8s. Also Torqueflite transmissions and the beautiful whine they give out, is music to my ears.