Its one tough and versatile car
Transmission failed at 135,000 miles.
Alternator went twice.
Starter went at 175,000 miles.
Radiator and water pump at 140,000 miles.
Power hydraulic brake booster needed replacing at about 150,000 miles.
Overall it's a quite reliable and comfortable car, can be used for hauling the family, or hauling gardening and construction supplies. Its not too fast off the line, given its size, but has no problem cruising at 70 and even 80 mph quietly and comfortably. Mine has needed lots of repairs, but understand, I've put 85K miles on it after buying it with 102K miles, and its now in BETTER SHAPE than when I bought it!
The engine's been a gem, no oil leaks or gasket leaks ever, and still tested for decent compression, and uses a quart of oil every 1500 miles or so after 180K miles. Its also still on original carburetor.
Transmissions however have been a problem for this car. I suggest getting a heavy duty radiator and an optional trans. cooler, as my recent rebuilt trans. only lasted 50K miles.
Gas mileage has gotten worse as the car passed 150K miles, now it only does about 16 mpg on the highway, whereas it used to do 20 or 21. Mechanic told me a carb. rebuild and replacing the timing gears and chain would put the gas mileage back up.
I've added a "SuperChip" to my car's engine computer, which boosts the Horse-Power... but these chips may no longer be available for the 305 V8.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2004