Supplement- Actually by the time I traded this car in, the clutch and transmission were shot, the differential seal kept leaking oil onto the rear brakes causing them to sleaze up. The car died on route to be traded in. The car only had 80,000 miles on it, mostly highway miles. Most of the automobiles I have owned (no BMW's) have been able to rearch 100,000 before any major repairs were needed. A few nearly reached 200,000 miles.
In fairness to the original reviewer I think the quality of the Pinto fell like a stone in later years (like most other Ford Products in the late 1970's).
I had a 1973 Pinto Wagon that was a very reliable automobile.
I love my 1976 Ford Pinto Squire Wagon. It has 119k on it and runs great great. This is my second Pinto; my last one was an 1980 and ran good too, would probably still have it today if my son's mother wouldn't have ran a red light and wrecked it. BTW my son was 6 months old and in the car at accident time, and no one was injured.
My college student tore the clutch out of my new Acura Integra in one day. He had no issue with an old Celebrity automatic during his school years. Even with neglect due to little proper maintenance at the time. Now with a good job, the oil is changed more and better preventative maintenance overall. Not holding off due to little funds then. I suspect the same with this review
Just consider yourself lucky you didn't buy Pinto's primary competitor: Vega! Some Vega's never made it past 15K miles before needing new engines and other major components.
Just for fun, I recently bought a 1976 Pinto Runabout with only 40K miles. She looks brand new, and drives like it too!