The 1978 Horizon had a mere 99 inch wheelbase and 165 inch length, but the hatchback design and front wheel drive maximized interior and cargo space; cornering was very good and ride was smoother than most competitors. For some perspective, my wife and I traded in our like-new it being a SoCal car but horribly anemic 1979 Chevette, and coming out of a Chevette made the 2. The car seemed willing enough on a 4 mile or so loop. It was too much of a pain to work the kid carrier in the tiny back seat so we moved on to a 4 door and to Ford. All Turismos got a standard Rallye instrument cluster with a large tachometer and speedometer, and smaller gas, temperature, voltage, and oil pressure gauges, as well as odometer and trip odometer. At least the styling was ok and not derivative like the 4 door.
Hondas rusted out in 3-4 years. I then replaced the head gasket and re-installed the head. Dealer said that meant the gearbox was probably the problem and I decided to buy and fit a remanufactured unit. It was a lot considering how little I could have paid for a Ford Pinto. I was told by the daughter of the original owner.
All new brake lines and pads, new distributor, new cap and rotor, new ecu module. Seeing these pics of the early model, I actually like this car. Seats came in either cloth or vinyl. It had horrible torque steer. A Premium Appearance Package, Sport Package and Rallye Equipment Group were also available. Not sure what year he bought it used , but it was very low mileage. Those two hated each other and everything went completely to hell.
Initially I wondered what the button on the interior panel was for, and then I realized that it must be the release for the fold-down back seat. They were quite good against corrosion and as we can see here, the interior materials proved to be quite durable. I checked Allpar, and you are mostly right. The success of this car allowed Chrysler to repay the loans early. My dad brought it home to my mom in early 1983 to replace a well worn 1972 Impala. It does run and drive. Possibly the most pulled from the air alpha-numeric names ever.
When Chrysler exited the European car market and sold assets to , which subsequently sold the same car in Europe as the in 1978, Chrysler retained the North American rights to the car, and began production at. The first front-wheel-drive subcompact car ever to be built in America hits the showroom. This is how the air conditioning system of you car works and therefore, each part of your car air conditioning system should be regularly checked for any faults or defects. Never felt the need to rally them, but we lived out in the middle of nowhere, so just getting to town offered plenty of fun roads. There were also apparently quite a few changes to the L body engine block casting compared with the engine going into Rabbits mainly to accommodate different transmissions and different underhood dimensions , so it was not the simple drop-in that I had remembered. One spot to pay attention to is the front seat brackets rotted out and there is some surface rust here and there.
She kept it a couple of years, but had to sell it when I moved away and she broke up with her boyfriend Frank and had no one to fix it. We built it from the ground up from an chassis and put a turbocharged motor in it, yet it looked mid-engined. Or I can email them if you like. The front windshield is cracked under the wiper blades. If he restores the company to solvency, it makes him look like a miracle worker which is what happened.
You are bidding to buy. Turbo intake manifold The 87 2-piece units is best, but expensive. It had a constant, annoying buzz in the dash at a certain rpm range. In 1981 a no-frills Miser model was added, but sales stumbled, first to the tune of 36,312, and then to an all-time low of 12,889 for 1982. Common Repairs These have been moved to their Engines These have been moved to the. To quote from another page: For 1986, there were three Turismos: base, Duster, and 2. I bought it slightly used with low miles on it.
If you end up with this car. A black-yellow overlay sticker was placed at the bottom of the speedometer to read to 135 mph. All new brake lines and pads, new distributor, new cap and rotor, new ecu module. Even the 93 Nissan Maxima we owned for 10 years and 250,000 trouble free miles fell short of the Omni in ride and seating comfort. This was the same time the Charger had the big stripes down the side. The 1981 K car was also pretty good out of the box, but there was a new sheriff in town and everyone knew that the company was riding on the car. They did not age well, but how many cheap cars from that era did? Great looking little car, peppy enough, and good on gas.
The 5-speed had a heavy clutch and the usual clunky cable shifter, but it worked all right once you were used to it. It outlived the European version by three years; had bought in 1978 and re-badged the Horizon along with the rest of the British Chrysler and French Simca range as , with production lasting until 1987. I changed the oil and filter. My future and now ex wife nearly totaled it a year after I bought it and it never ran right after that. I finally took it apart myself and after applying caulk to the air intake, no more leak.
If anyone reading this has any reasonable suggestions, please feel free to let me know. I kept it until at around 180,000 km the cam shaft started to wear out. They do it all the time around here. We worked Monday through Thursday at the Chrysler-Europe Technical Center at Whitley near Coventry, England, flew home on Friday, and worked Saturday and Sunday at Highland Park on the presentation for Monday morning. The bushings wear out around the seven year mark and the linkage slips out , the passenger side motor mount which makes a grinding sound when you make left turns, and the strut tower bushings. Popular Mechanics would later test the new Shelby Charger against the original. Even with its diminutive size the little truck had double wall bed construction with galvanized steel.