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Overall
4.0
Value
4.7
Performance
4.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.7
Reliability
3.3

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1980 AMC Spirit - Long-lasting!

SMR
Madison, Wisconsin
Overall
4.0
Value
5.0
Performance
4.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
3.0
I bought this car 20 years ago for $300. That's right... Three hundred, not three thousand. Sure, she was a little used and needed some TLC, but this car has been a solid performer year in and year out. This is the hatchback model of the '80 AMC Spirit. It used to have a racing stripe down the side but with a new paint job, the stripe had to go. Plenty of room for my needs and this car even helped me move from apartment to apartment in the early days (but then again, I didn't own much back then). Quality-wise, what can you say about a car that's 35 years old except that I've learned an awful lot about cars taking care of her! It's not the cars fault... Things get old, they wear out. This car has had a broken leaf spring, a stuck emergency brake, leaky oil and there's some rusting out... (more)
Story
My favorite memory was that super cold winter where all the fancy, expensive cars in town would not start up and this old gal came to life. It felt pretty good to meander down the abandoned, snowy streets in my reliable little Spirit. Then there was the time that an ice storm made all of the streets super slick and dangerous. This was when I first owned the vehicle (in another state). I was c... (more)
Pros
My personal pros (I don't have fancy taste): *hatchback allows use of backseat for passengers or fold-down for cargo *no fancy electronics that could lead to costly repairs *easy to repair *decent size... Not too big, not too small *a basic car that is built to last and is cheap to maintain *very reliable, even in the coldest weather *no thief would ever think of stealing this old car! *Easy to spot in a parking lot (one of a kind nowadays)
Cons
My personal cons (again, not a fancy person): *getting very old *not as fuel efficient as new hybrid cars *things regularly require repair *fuel gauge is broken (I just monitor gas mileage for usage) *won't impress a potential date :P

2011 AMC Concord - BEST

ac
Princeton, Florida
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Josiah (below) my friend Hindi is a language the national language of India. Punjab is a place in India - you may wish to be Punjabi in which case wish to be Indian then your history will encompass 5,000 years and you would be part of the motherland that gave birth to Pakistan and Bangladesh. And yes Hindi is indeed a beautifully evolved and much envied language.
Story
Josiah (below) my friend Hindi is a language the national language of India. Punjab is a place in India - you may wish to be Punjabi in which case wish to be Indian then your history will encompass 5,000 years and you would be part of the motherland that gave birth to Pakistan and Bangladesh. And yes Hindi is indeed a beautifully evolved and much envied language.
Pros
Josiah (below) my friend Hindi is a language the national language of India. Punjab is a place in India - you may wish to be Punjabi in which case wish to be Indian then your history will encompass 5,000 years and you would be part of the motherland that gave birth to Pakistan and Bangladesh. And yes Hindi is indeed a beautifully evolved and much envied language.
Cons
Josiah (below) my friend Hindi is a language the national language of India. Punjab is a place in India - you may wish to be Punjabi in which case wish to be Indian then your history will encompass 5,000 years and you would be part of the motherland that gave birth to Pakistan and Bangladesh. And yes Hindi is indeed a beautifully evolved and much envied language.

1975 AMC Spirit - rusty but charming

Justine
Boston, Massachusetts
Overall
3.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
2.0
I like the car's styling most of all. It looks futuristic, in the way that people in the 70s thought the future would look, and it's really amazing. It turns heads everywhere. Plus the car is so compact that it's easy to park, but I can easily fit a bunch of groceries in the back, or a few friends (since everyone wants to carpool in this sweet ride). It sort of looks like a Gremlin, which I think was the car that came before it, also made by AMC. But it's not a Gremlin, it's a Spirit. Heck yeah. The one thing I don't like about this car though, is that it's pretty unreliable. It breaks down all the time, which may just be because of its age, I don't know. But it seems like something is always rattling loose and falling off on the highway, and every day it's got a new mysterious noise w... (more)
Pros
The sweet styling is my favorite, and then the compact, practical design. I also like the radio, which still works and gets plenty of use from me. This car is a classic for sure.
Cons
The lack of reliability is a major downside. This car would be perfect if it was just updated and less likely to break down in the middle of the road. Also it's not especially powerful. When you hit the gas it takes a few seconds to start lumbering forward, and its top speed seems to be around 80ish only.

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