I understand now, why they have such a long history as police and taxi cars
Intake manifold gasket (typical for all 302's; fix it right away, that will be the end of that; don't ignore it or you'll destroy one of the best marvels of modern engineering ever built).
I love the car, I bought it from a dealership in Akron, OH. They couldn't sell the car and had it for nearly a year. So they put her in back and shut the gate thinking it would someday have to go to auction. The very weekend I started looking they lowered the price to try to get rid of it. I was the only bite after a week. I paid 1205 tax, title, etc and out the door.
Since buying the car, I've traveled long distances and short daily. I love her to death, my wife not so much though (she likes her Chevy Astro), but I enjoy the sound of that old V8 and how smooth it runs. I've seen brand new engines that had rougher idles than that old beast. The mileage is actual (Carfax report verified), it was owned by one other person, and then has been pretty much sitting in a field ever since.
I don't get great gas mileage, but then I don't expect it either, City is always 15 whether I'm hard on it or not. Highway varies by the direction the wind is blowing, but usually 18-22.
She's not fast, either, (0-60 in about 11 seconds) (some kids would think her quick, but I've owned sports cars and driven fast, I know what fast really means) but off the line up to about 40MPH I will admit that the torque piles on quickly to make for one heckuva tire burn.
Great car, couldn't ask for one better. I believe it's a true blessing, and I'm grateful I found something I don't have to fix every weekend.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2010