29th Sep 2010, 21:57
I just wrote a review on my Horizon... these were the most reliable cars ever made... I still see them around.
30th Sep 2010, 16:27
I have to agree that the Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon were some of the most reliable vehicles ever made. My 1990 Omni 2.2 was fast, SUPER economical (35 mpg) and required only two brake jobs, two timing belts and one heater hose in 240,000 miles of driving. When I sold the car, it ran as good as new, used no oil, and the cold-blowing A/C had never even had freon added. Our poorly built Honda Civic didn't last half as long, and cost more in repairs in 50,000 miles than the Omni did in nearly a quarter million.
30th Sep 2010, 22:20
An Omni 2.2 fast?? What were these cars like 80 hp? Yeah, fast. My snowmobile has 50% more power. These cars were also horribly inconsistent. One would go 250K miles and another would last maybe 50K miles. My Dad had a TC3 in 1979. He was a nut about maintenance and changed the oil when it got dirty... or about every 1,000 miles to 1,500 miles. It started burning oil at about 15K miles. I've seen many many Chrysler cars that are like this... burning up at low miles.
Then there are others, like yours that you can beat the crap out of and they go forever. My friend had a K-car wagon. We would go everywhere at around 85 mph in that car and we just thrashed it on a regular basis and it ran and ran. Too bad they couldn't have made everyone good instead of only here and there.
I've never really seen too many high mileage Honda Civics burning oil, unless they are modded out and have a 16 year old driving them around. They are definitely more consistently reliable than any Chrysler car ever will be.
1st Oct 2010, 10:53
"An Omni 2.2 fast??"
Yes, fast. Mine would bark the tires in the first 4 gears and top 130mph. My 1984 Mazda RX-7 couldn't come close to the performance of my Omni. I could hit 90 mph in 3rd gear (and yes, that is beyond the redline). No small 4 I've ever owned could touch my 2.2 Omni in performance. It was exceptional, but the turbo versions easily topped 150 and were incredibly fast. Mine was not a turbo. Not until I got my current I-4 Fusion did I have anything with a 4 that compared to the Omni in performance.
1st Oct 2010, 13:11
"An Omni 2.2 fast?? What were these cars like 80 hp?"
Okay, after doing some research I will correct myself and say the 1990 Omni had a whopping 93 HP (still 30 less than my snowmobile). Fast it was not.
1st Oct 2010, 19:08
Yeah, the GLH is listed at 9.4 to 60 (8.1 for the GLH-S) A non turbo Omni is NOT fast... sorry. My Focus would totally blow away your Omni without even trying... and believe me, I am not bragging about the Focus!
If the 93 HP Omni is setting your benchmark of performance in 4 cylinder cars, then you haven't owned too many. Even in 1990, most small cars were over 100 HP. Also top speed was about 130 for the GLH-S, which was the Shelby variant... the fastest of them all. The speedo only goes to 85 in most of them, so how would you know how fast you were going beyond that anyhow?