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?