1970 Ford Maverick 2 door sedan 170 c.i. six from North America
6 on a one to 10 scale. Could've been a home run with some work
Poor build and engineering quality.
Transmission vacuum to carburetor line fell off in the first week of ownership; dealer belittled me for being upset over it.
Front circular grille emblem fell off in the first 3 months of ownership.
Persistent squeak from underdash "parcel shelf" that again the Ford dealership belittled me for mentioning; very poor paint quality that began peeling and fading within 6 months.
Suspension squeaks not cured by installing grease fittings.
Great looking car, but the dangerous "drop in" fuel tank (a la Pinto) meant I watched for being rear ended big time.
Paid $2400 in '70, only got $750 in spring '73 when sold.
Amazingly on the positive side, towed a heavy U haul from Michigan to Nevada with no problems (but rear axle leaked fluid, which sprayed onto the fuel tank when I got to 2700 miles, but again I was amazed nothing broke because the trailer was too heavy for the car).
With just a bit more work (body insulation, fewer rattles, tighter quality) it could have been a great car. My experience hardly got me thinking Ford in my future.
Minus: quality of body paint and mechanics.
Pluses: durable and economical, great looking.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th January, 2020
16th Jan 2020, 17:29
Actually, that "front circular grille emblem" was, believe it or not, an option, not standard, at least in Maverick's first year. I remember seeing plenty of Mavericks driving around with just a blank plate in the center of the grille, where the optional emblem would be. Maybe yours was one of them?
19th Jan 2020, 04:51
This vehicle was a re-write of the 1960 Falcon, retaining the hardcore emphasis on thrift, while embracing a new cute look. The sales data showed that the premise worked.
But I don’t doubt the quality control issues you saw. The front end squeak was part and parcel of the coil spring over the upper control arm front suspension that many Fords of that era featured.
I’m glad to hear that the 170 survived trailer towing. You must have been a (very) patient person ;)
Fun fact: you could buy a 3-speed semi-automatic transmission with the 170-equipped Maverick. No clutch, but you had to shift it yourself from 1-2-3 and back down again. It was a C-4 with a manual valve body. GM (Chevy) pioneered the idea with their Torque Drive semi-automatic. It was a manually-shifted Powerglide - with only 2 forward gears, and Ford felt the need to compete.
19th Jan 2020, 21:02
These cars weren't all that bad. Reliability was decent along with pretty good sales.
Not everyone adored the styling of the Mustang II, and these Mavericks with the Stallion and Graber performance package outsold them.