1976 Plymouth Volare Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1976 Plymouth Volare Premier 318 from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 318 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carDodge Super Bee

Summary:

A latter day status symbol in this day of Stupid Ugly Vehicles

Faults:

Alternator failed.

General Comments:

The bad reputation aside, this wagon is reliable, inexpensive to operate and with my modifications, fast!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2001

15th Jul 2006, 22:52

Now 2006 and this car still is a pleasure to drive. With upgrades like vented disks, 11" drums, A518 TF, rear sway bar, modern shocks and tires, the wagon is safe and reliable. The warmed up (built for torque) 360 gets 26 mpg on the highway and can show it's tail too many a a "performance" car half it's age and twice as expensive.

If you don't have the ability or desire to work on old cars then newer is the way to go.

For me, just not seeing myself coming down the road all the time is reason enough to drive it, not to mention the attention this Sky Blue wagon generates. Chrome bumpers, steel wheels and round headlights are COOL!

1976 Plymouth Volare Premiere 5.2 318 from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 5.2 318 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C10

Summary:

This car made me a Mopar fan

Faults:

The only thing that has gone wrong with this car is a bad battery terminal that acted like a bad starter. I spent 100 dollars in order to find out that a bad battery terminal that costs 5 dollars was the only problem. That was my stupid fault.

General Comments:

Good power, very very reliable, decent gas mileage, and hey it's a Mopar so it's awesome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2000

23rd Jan 2001, 22:23

I have owned many Volare's in the past and in the present. You can't buy a better car at any price. May Volare's prosper now and in the future.

1976 Plymouth Volare 225 CID Slant Six from North America

Year of manufacture1976
Engine and transmission 225 CID Slant Six
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10

Faults:

Bought car with 21,000 miles, gave up at 53,000 miles. Constant electrical problems, (at least 15 alternators), oil pump at 35,000, distributor at 41,000, radiator at 42,000 and electrical problem for the LAST TIME at 53,000, I abandoned the car.

General Comments:

After owning this wretch of an automobile, I can tell you why Chrysler nearly went under. The engine sounded like a sewing machine, and had about as much power. The wiring was a nightmare, I would fix one short and another one would magically appear in its place. The A/C would spit water on the passengers, and make the car overheat.

On a good note, although gutless, the slant six engine was virtually indestructable. No oil pressure? No problem! No water? No problem! Even if it locked up, I just had to let it cool off, and away we went!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

20th May 2001, 08:48

I have a 1976 Volare coupe. It is a fantastic car, 318 cu. in. gives great gas mileage on the highway, 25+ MPG. The car only has 85000 miles on it and I now only use it in the summer. The body is perfect, it is painted an unusual black and spitfire orange combination (factory colours).The interior is white bucket seats, AM/FM radio, fold down rear seat, sport wheels and mirrors. A great car that has never given me any problems.

2nd May 2003, 19:42

My family had a '76 Volare station wagon, Slant 6 engine with a 4-speed, and even thought it had high mileage and was bought second-hand, it was a very reliable car. We also had, subsequently, a '79 and '80 Volare station, each with a Slant 6 and automatic transmission, and both of those cars were equally dependable. Perhaps those cars, which were 10 years old by the time we got them, were the survivors and the lemons were culled out early on. My family had such good success with Volare station wagons that even today I wouldn't be afraid to pick one up if I needed a daily driver.

8th Mar 2004, 19:11

My first car was a 1976 Plymouth Volare 4-door custom. I bought it used in 1979 and kept it for 3 1/2 years. It was reliable, roomy and the 225/slant 6 was peppy. It turned 100,000 miles on my honeymoon in 1982. Lots of fond memories!

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 6 reviews