1978 Pontiac Catalina Reviews

1978 Pontiac Catalina 301 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 301 Automatic
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

Catalina's should have been continued up to the current year

Faults:

My air compressor blew at 78,000 miles.

I had to replace the radiator.

Having trouble with water pressure.

Break booster went out at about 77,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is a very good and dependable car.

However you have to keep the fluids topped off for best results.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2003

1978 Pontiac Catalina 301 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 301 Automatic
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

This has been a very dependable car for me

Faults:

Carburetor is sticking, creating a little smoke when you first start the car.

Radiator busted when I first got the car. I replaced it and it is doing fine now.

Air-condition works, but seems to only blow from the floor and not the vents.

I have had to replace numerous vacuum hoses on the vehicle due to corrosion.

General Comments:

This has been a very dependable car for me.

This vehical is not that bad on gas mileage for a full size car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2003

1978 Pontiac Catalina 3.2 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.2 V6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles

Summary:

A good car to throw paint at

Faults:

The air conditioner bearing has burned out.

The turn signal arm is broken.

The shifting is broken between neutral and drive.

It has a tendency to die at stop signs.

General Comments:

This car is good for hauling stuff in, because it is very big.

It is not overly expensive on gas, for a big vehicle.

The seats were uncomfortable, but new seat covers took care of that.

This car has poor acceleration unless you throw it in 1st gear.

The top speed I have achieved is 92 MPH.

Although some parts are in poor shape, the car itself is in decent shape, and seems practically indestructible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2002

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews