17th Apr 2018, 22:28
The M-body was, essentially, a slightly stretched version of the F-body: the Aspen/Volare.
18th Apr 2018, 17:22
You're absolutely correct. Also the M body didn't have the recalls and reliability problems the F body had. By the time they came out, all the problems were resolved. Thus you won't find many consumer complaints or Jalopnik insults about them on the Internet. These M bodies were the better Chrysler vehicles at the time compared to the K cars and Omni/Horizon family. Like mentioned before, probably better than a modern day 300. I don't recall these M bodies coming in the shop for major repairs back then.
19th Apr 2018, 17:46
OMG, it's clear my prior comments went right over the heads of some who of course went on to claim how great the Chevette was, just like clockwork.
And yes - the Big Three definitely learned their lesson. They now make very competent vehicles versus in the malaise era when the difference between what they produced and what was produced by the german and Japanese automakers was like night and day. They have closed that gap. I for one am very glad that those whom would've rather taken a more complacent attitude and would've continued to produce those awful cars didn't win in the end. Had that attitude persisted, it's doubtful any of the US automakers would still be in business.
20th Apr 2018, 12:56
Reread the comment, never said the Chevette was "great". Looks like 39 other reviews on here would tend to disagree. That's great that you feel that the "big three" got their act together today. Sounds like you have a Volt? Another GM vehicle I wouldn't care to own.
20th Apr 2018, 15:03
So now the big 3 are on par with Japanese and German manufacturers such as BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota and Nissan; all who's quality has been on the decline for over a decade?
21st Apr 2018, 17:00
I suspect my wallet too will suffer greatly with the added shop bills. Directly a result of buying another new import, just to go faster.
22nd Apr 2018, 18:55
I dated a young gal with a new Chevette. It was built in our home town in Wilmington Delaware. It was a perfect first car; economical, simple and relatively trouble free. When I first met her I didn’t really like the car, but it changed over time. Very reliable; got her to work and college at night. Decent headroom, not a bad ride. For what it was, I was actually pretty impressed with it. She upgraded to other cars afterwards. This is a testimonial to a car I would have never given a second look.
23rd Apr 2018, 05:50
You probably did not own any full size V8 domestics during this era. Our family managed quite nicely with Buick, Oldsmobile and Chevrolets, all full size sedans during this period. Reliable daily transportation as company cars. Enough comfort and luxury options considering they were not a Cadillac or Lincoln. Somehow it’s like a Chevette Scooter or Vega comparison as the only illustration from that era on here. We did not have these bottom end econo vehicles. The full sizes worked very well, other than being a bit underpowered for the size.