1982 Dodge Omni 2.2 carbureted from North America
Absolute pile of junk
More like what didn't go wrong with this car? I bought this off an old lady as my first car for $950.00 in 1986. It was truly a horrible little car. It was hard to start, had to be warmed up for what seemed forever, and it never wanted to stay running when it was cold. In the windy northern IL winters, snow would blow under the hood and find its way into the timing belt pulley where it would freeze, causing the timing belt to jump off the pulley, leaving me stranded at work with a car that would not start. Only 5 years old and the car was starting to develop rust holes in the body. There was barely anything I didn't end up replacing at some point in the two years I had this little bomb, and repairs ended up costing much more than what I paid for the car.
It made me hate Dodge cars for the remainder of my life, that's for sure. To this day I still can't believe a car only a few years old had as many issues as it did. I wondered how they tried to pass this thing off as being even remotely acceptable to people.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th April, 2021
15th Apr 2021, 19:52
The snow would find its way under the hood, get past the timing cover and wedge itself into the timing belt pulley, just to sabotage your transportation?
Those must have been some determined snowflakes (unlike the ones around these days).
17th Apr 2021, 01:03
This came from an era when automotive quality was probably at an all time low and the big three began experimenting with small front drive vehicles. It wasn’t just Chrysler with problems... the GM X cars were not great either.
That being said some people had reasonable good fortune with the Omni/Horizon.
17th Apr 2021, 18:48
Jump ahead a few years and the GM fullsize C & H platform front drives were superb. In the meantime all the Chrysler front drives (small and large) were mediocre at best.