The Truth About Cars » Chevrolet Citation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 20:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Junkyard Find: 1985 Buick Skylark Limited Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/junkyard-find-1985-buick-skylark-limited-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/junkyard-find-1985-buick-skylark-limited-sedan/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1323002 Remember the misery of the Chevy Citation, which had such outstandingly bad build quality and horrifying public reliability problems that the damage to Chevrolet’s image took decades to repair? Only the staggeringly nasty Pontiac Phoenix (a Pontiac-badged Citation sibling) might have been worse; meanwhile, the Buick Division leaped on board the oil-leaking, prematurely corroding, Iron Duke-powered […]

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Remember the misery of the Chevy Citation, which had such outstandingly bad build quality and horrifying public reliability problems that the damage to Chevrolet’s image took decades to repair? Only the staggeringly nasty Pontiac Phoenix (a Pontiac-badged Citation sibling) might have been worse; meanwhile, the Buick Division leaped on board the oil-leaking, prematurely corroding, Iron Duke-powered […]

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Piston Slap: A Citation Against Conventional Wisdom? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-citation-conventional-wisdom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-citation-conventional-wisdom/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1246042 “V” writes: Hello Sajeev, Conventional wisdom says wait until the second model year of a new vehicle since that’s when the automaker will have fixed the glaring flaws decried by the “beta testers” who bought the first model year. Is this always true? Do automakers fix problems “on the sly” so that, say, a 2016 model year car manufactured […]

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“V” writes: Hello Sajeev, Conventional wisdom says wait until the second model year of a new vehicle since that’s when the automaker will have fixed the glaring flaws decried by the “beta testers” who bought the first model year. Is this always true? Do automakers fix problems “on the sly” so that, say, a 2016 model year car manufactured […]

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Junkyard Find: 1984 Chevy Citation II 5-Door Hatchback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/junkyard-find-1984-chevy-citation-ii-5-door-hatchback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/junkyard-find-1984-chevy-citation-ii-5-door-hatchback/#comments Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1194778 Ah, the General Motors X-body cars! Always good for some anecdotes from readers about rust-through on two-year-old cars, amazing quantities of warranty repairs, and Stuka-dive-style depreciation graphs. After the Citation, the Chevy Corsica seemed like a fine automobile. So far in this series, we’ve seen this ’80 Skylark, this ’81 Citation, this ’81 Citation, this […]

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Ah, the General Motors X-body cars! Always good for some anecdotes from readers about rust-through on two-year-old cars, amazing quantities of warranty repairs, and Stuka-dive-style depreciation graphs. After the Citation, the Chevy Corsica seemed like a fine automobile. So far in this series, we’ve seen this ’80 Skylark, this ’81 Citation, this ’81 Citation, this […]

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Junkyard Find: 1981 Chevrolet Citation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/junkyard-find-1981-chevrolet-citation-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/junkyard-find-1981-chevrolet-citation-2/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1134033 The well-publicized reliability troubles of the GM X-body family caused General Motors plenty of image damage during the 1980s, but the Chevy version sold well (at first). Now, of course, most are gone, but examples turn up in wrecking yards every once in a while these days. So far in this series, we’ve seen this […]

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The well-publicized reliability troubles of the GM X-body family caused General Motors plenty of image damage during the 1980s, but the Chevy version sold well (at first). Now, of course, most are gone, but examples turn up in wrecking yards every once in a while these days. So far in this series, we’ve seen this […]

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Junkyard Find: 1981 Chevrolet Citation, Rock Salt Sandblasting Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1981-chevrolet-citation-rock-salt-sandblasting-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1981-chevrolet-citation-rock-salt-sandblasting-edition/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 12:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1074762 This is the third week in Themed Junkyard Find Week Madness. We started with 21st Century Junkyard Find Week, then had Volkswagen Junkyard Find Week, and now we’ve staggered right into Rusty Junkyard Find Week. Next week, I might return to ordinary jumbled-up Junkyard Finds, or I might subject you to an entire month of […]

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This is the third week in Themed Junkyard Find Week Madness. We started with 21st Century Junkyard Find Week, then had Volkswagen Junkyard Find Week, and now we’ve staggered right into Rusty Junkyard Find Week. Next week, I might return to ordinary jumbled-up Junkyard Finds, or I might subject you to an entire month of […]

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Junkyard Find: 1984 Oldsmobile Omega Brougham http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/junkyard-find-1984-oldsmobile-omega-brougham/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/junkyard-find-1984-oldsmobile-omega-brougham/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=980969 Remember the Oldsmobile version of the Chevy Citation? Maybe not, because they sold poorly and depreciated to near-scrap-value levels within a few years. The Oldsmobile Omega was built for the 1980 through 1984 model years, and I’ve found a very clean example from the final year of production. No rust, pretty straight body, Whorehouse Red […]

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Remember the Oldsmobile version of the Chevy Citation? Maybe not, because they sold poorly and depreciated to near-scrap-value levels within a few years. The Oldsmobile Omega was built for the 1980 through 1984 model years, and I’ve found a very clean example from the final year of production. No rust, pretty straight body, Whorehouse Red […]

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Junkyard Find: 1982 Chevrolet Citation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-1982-chevrolet-citation-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-1982-chevrolet-citation-2/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=820114 The Chevy Citation (and X-body Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Buick siblings) was built in large quantities during its 1980-1985 run, but disappeared from American streets fairly quickly; by the middle 1990s, an X-body in running condition was a rare sight. Still, I run across them in junkyards now and then. In this series, we’ve seen this […]

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The Chevy Citation (and X-body Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Buick siblings) was built in large quantities during its 1980-1985 run, but disappeared from American streets fairly quickly; by the middle 1990s, an X-body in running condition was a rare sight. Still, I run across them in junkyards now and then. In this series, we’ve seen this […]

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Question: Notoriously Unreliable Cars That Were Bulletproof For You? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/question-notoriously-unreliable-cars-that-were-bulletproof-for-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/question-notoriously-unreliable-cars-that-were-bulletproof-for-you/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:45:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470175 For every Junkyard Find of, say, a Malaise Era bomb that fired several torpedoes into the already leaky hull of a once-great car company, there will be at least one reader who writes a comment that goes something like “I bought one of these cars new, and it went 300,000 trouble-free miles on logging roads […]

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For every Junkyard Find of, say, a Malaise Era bomb that fired several torpedoes into the already leaky hull of a once-great car company, there will be at least one reader who writes a comment that goes something like “I bought one of these cars new, and it went 300,000 trouble-free miles on logging roads […]

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Junkyard Find: 1983 Chevrolet Citation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-1983-chevrolet-citation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-1983-chevrolet-citation/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470051 We’ve seen an ’81 Citation and an ’82 Citation in this series, so let’s continue down GM’s Bad Memory Lane with a 1983 version of the car that damaged The General’s image even more than the Vega. Somehow, this car stayed on the street— or at least out of the wrecking yard— for 29 years, […]

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We’ve seen an ’81 Citation and an ’82 Citation in this series, so let’s continue down GM’s Bad Memory Lane with a 1983 version of the car that damaged The General’s image even more than the Vega. Somehow, this car stayed on the street— or at least out of the wrecking yard— for 29 years, […]

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Junkyard Find: 1980 Buick Skylark Limited http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1980-buick-skylark-limited/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1980-buick-skylark-limited/#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454779 It took just eight years for the Buick Skylark to go from a big, rear-drive, credibly luxurious and status-enhancing machine to front-wheel-drive compact based on the unspeakably terrible Chevy Citation. Nearly all of the X-Platform cars are gone now, but the pimposity of this first-year Buick’s whorehouse-red interior must have kept it away from The […]

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It took just eight years for the Buick Skylark to go from a big, rear-drive, credibly luxurious and status-enhancing machine to front-wheel-drive compact based on the unspeakably terrible Chevy Citation. Nearly all of the X-Platform cars are gone now, but the pimposity of this first-year Buick’s whorehouse-red interior must have kept it away from The […]

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1984 Chevy Citation Immortalized By Modelmaker With Eye For Hooptie-Correctness http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/1984-chevy-citation-immortalized-by-modelmaker-with-eye-for-hooptie-correctness/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/1984-chevy-citation-immortalized-by-modelmaker-with-eye-for-hooptie-correctness/#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 17:30:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445890 Plenty of builders of plastic car models do a pretty good job doing “weathered” kits, but most focus on romantic images of Route 66-drivin’ classics rusting beautifully behind a wholesome-looking 1951 service station. I think what we really need is more super-accurate models of iconic American hoopties, and I don’t just talk the talk! So, […]

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Plenty of builders of plastic car models do a pretty good job doing “weathered” kits, but most focus on romantic images of Route 66-drivin’ classics rusting beautifully behind a wholesome-looking 1951 service station. I think what we really need is more super-accurate models of iconic American hoopties, and I don’t just talk the talk! So, […]

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Junkyard Find: 1982 Chevrolet Citation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/junkyard-find-1982-chevrolet-citation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/junkyard-find-1982-chevrolet-citation/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423708 By the end of the 1970s, it was clear that GM needed a front-wheel-drive compact that would fit as many passengers as a Nova but sip gas like a Rabbit. The General’s forces labored mightily, and they produced the Citation. The Citation did indeed have the interior space of the old rear-drive compacts, but buyers […]

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By the end of the 1970s, it was clear that GM needed a front-wheel-drive compact that would fit as many passengers as a Nova but sip gas like a Rabbit. The General’s forces labored mightily, and they produced the Citation. The Citation did indeed have the interior space of the old rear-drive compacts, but buyers […]

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Junkyard Find: 1981 Chevrolet Citation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/junkyard-find-1981-chevrolet-citation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/junkyard-find-1981-chevrolet-citation/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402619 When GM finally decided to muster its vast resources and engineering talent and build a front-wheel-drive compact car… well, things didn’t go so well. The sclerotic GM bureaucracy described a few years earlier by John DeLorean in On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors produced a car that looked like a fat Chevette, […]

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When GM finally decided to muster its vast resources and engineering talent and build a front-wheel-drive compact car… well, things didn’t go so well. The sclerotic GM bureaucracy described a few years earlier by John DeLorean in On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors produced a car that looked like a fat Chevette, […]

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