Fun Fact: that Vega in the print ad was already V-8 swapped.
But they had some sort of style, unlike all the clones built today.In the mid 70's for the most part American Manufacturers made absolute garbage.
Design today Is driven by fuel economy and crash standards- that's why the design language is what it is.But they had some sort of style, unlike all the clones built today.
Yes they were junk. I worked as a Tech at a Chevy dealership 1977 thru 1981. The car haulers would deliver brand new cars from the factory with the engine knocking, trans slipping, and brake calipers loose just to name a few things I can recall. The fantastic front wheel drive Citation was released mid-year 1979 (as a 1980) and had 11 recalls before Chevrolet allowed it on the showroom for sales. I was blessed with being the only Tech at our dealership that had been to GM school for that car. I had 3 truckloads to correct. I about starved working on commission and Chevrolet warranty didn’t pay SH#& back then. The recalls that I was “impressed “ with were the reinforcements that had to be added to ensure structural integrity. A freaking piece of stamped sheet metal bolted through the floorboards and secured with the factory supplied self tapping lag bolts. Also the spare tire/wheel would not fit so an “adapter” was provided that was secured with factory provided rivets! I wouldn’t want that level of engineering for a bicycle!
In the mid 70's for the most part American Manufacturers made absolute garbage.
That green chevette was a pretty nice color, and decent looking car compared to the others. My grandfather had a chevette when I was really young. Maroon on maroon as I recall… 4 dr mt?Outside of the awesome retro colors, those vehicles were absolute trash.
I tested a lot of new '74-'81 cars, both US brands and imports. They had a some interesting assembly defects, but none had any of the problems you listed except pinging. Light pinging wasn't necessarily considered a defect, because, as one GM exec put it, that's "the sound of fuel economy."Yep. I think most of us old enough had a car or a neighbor with a car that you had to slam the door multiple times before it would shut properly. ...
Then there was pinging, squealing power steering, engines that ran on after the key was turned off, and more.