1978 Ford Pinto Reviews

1978 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1979
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired24 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carFord Pinto

Summary:

A great car! Fun to drive!

Faults:

Not too much wrong other than normal maintenance items.

It's been sitting for that past 18 years.

Has some rust, but not too bad for a car of that era.

I am in the process of restoring it now.

General Comments:

I love this car!! It was the first new car I ever bought.

It's been very reliable and has never left me stranded.

It turned heads back when it was new, and gets even more looks and smiles today.

The V6 is a nice engine for this car, while not a ton of power compared to today's cars, but more that adequate, and combined with the great handling, it makes it a blast to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2009

1978 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon 2.3 from North America

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carFord Econoline

Summary:

1977 to 1980 Pintos were great cars when new, but it's time to move on something better now

Faults:

What's gone wrong? What hasn't gone wrong is more like it!

- Lots of electrical problems

- Car would die when warmed up (great car if you just had to drive about 5 or 10 minutes)

- Went through lots of voltage regulators

- Oil leaks

- Brakes need frequent service

- Front brakes seize if car left unused for a few months (never had that happen on other cars left unused for similar periods of time)

- Nobody seemed to want to fix this car. If they did, they charged a fortune.

General Comments:

Groovy looking car, but I got sick of people always asking me "oh, isn't that the car that blows up if you're rear ended?"

We had a 1978 Pinto sedan that my parents bought new in 1978. I drove it when I was in high school in the late 80s and early 90s. When the car was new, it was great. Once it was 10 years old, things just started going wrong.

Feeling nostalgic, I bought a 1978 Pinto Cruising Wagon. Fix one thing, two more things need fixing. Hard to find parts for now. Usually every time I drove it, something would break and leave me stranded or require immediate attention. When I sold it, the guy who bought it drove it home (about a three hour drive) and said he had no problems. Maybe everything was finally fixed?

The car got more attention than a classic Mustang or Camaro. But if something needed fixing, and I couldn't do it, a lot of garages didn't want to work on it (it's "just" a Pinto mentality, or afraid to work on it perhaps). If they did, they charged me dearly. Cost a fortune to keep this car on the road. Due to the frequent repairs and unknown reliability, we didn't drive it much.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th October, 2006

11th Oct 2006, 14:09

Time to move on? Yeah. It was time in '78.

14th Apr 2010, 10:26

I have a 1977 Pinto cruising wagon, and it's been a great car for me. I've owned 4 or 5 Pintos over the years, and they have been great cars!

15th Apr 2010, 14:18

I have seen this frame and drivertrain on Model A replica kits.

1978 Ford Pinto 3 door not sure from North America

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership1983
Engine and transmission not sure Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous carFord Pinto

Summary:

It was a great little red Pinto!!!

Faults:

The car was virtually trouble free during the 5 years that I had it.

General Comments:

This was my second Pinto. This red one was very nice both inside and out. It ran great.

However, one day when I went to see my mother at her apartment back in March of 1983, some idiot in an older model Mustang hit the Pinto head on. The damage to the car was very extensive that I had to get rid of the car. I in turn only had minor injuries at the time.

I must admit that I do miss that car at times. It was a very good car back then.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2006

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews