Why is it so hard to work on? I had a 78 Volare and it was easy enough. Drop in a V6 if the slant 6 is causing problems.
I have a 1978 Volare 2-door and I just love it. Its one of those cars that gets noticed and one that no one has ever heard of. It gets pretty good gas mileage. And I would be at fault if I didn't say that I am proud of my Volare. Its the king of hoopties.
I have a 1978 Aspen and it runs great to be all original with a 360 CID and a A-727 torqueflite transmission.
Yeah, I don't understand either why the one commenter has such a hard time working on their '78 Slant 6, or finding parts for it. It must be one of the most common engines ever made, even if they quit making them in the early '80s. The cars have huge engine compartments, with lots of space to work. Granted, because of the slant, it can be a little difficult to see what you're doing on the passenger side in terms of replacing the distributor cap or fuel pump. Parts ought to be pretty common and easy to get unless you're in Asia Minor or someplace. The mid-1970s Dodge Darts are about the most common taxi in Bolivia, and are still going and going, so they must be able to get parts there somehow.
Glad to hear your first experience with Mopar is turning out to be a good one! Just clean up that rust before it goes much further. :)
My family had three Volare station wagons at different times, all used, in the mid '80s to early '90s. They were really good cars, very dependable, drove nicely, and got decent gas mileage (low to mid 20's for mpg) with the Slant 6. Despite having high miles, they really never gave us any problems.
I saw a Dodge Aspen sedan that was immaculate with only 40,000 miles going for less than $1,000 on e-bay, and it struck me that it would still be a great buy for somebody who needed a good car for cheap. I would be tempted myself if I needed a car!