That was my opinion as well. I never owned a Citation, but have had friends that have; toss in the Skylark and Omega. Meanwhile, the source article links the Buick Century to the x body; I had a friend with a 1986 Century that simply refused to die. We owned a 1994 model, and gave it to a family member with close to 200k on the clock, with minimal issues. The Century was a cheap, value laden, car, that was trouble free and long lasting. Yeah, it was an old man's car, and it didn't handle well, but given it's mission, it was a [censored] good car.
Originally Posted by addyguy
The X-body program wasn't a last-minute, thrown together project - these cars were in development since the early 1970's. Which makes it a bit more sad that there were still these issues. You still have to give credit for GM for being a trailblazer - in 1980, what other domestic maker had a mid-size, front-drive sedan? Hmm...wait....no-one. Chrysler had the K-car, which was a similar size, in 1981. Ford didn't have the Taurus until 1986! The late Gary Allan has many posts on here about his mom's 1980 Citation V-6....went 225k miles, 20k M1 5W-30 changes, no real issues except a transmission-chain issue. I think if you somehow talked to all the people who had these cars, you'd have more good experiences than bad.