Junkyard Find: Speaking of Brand Dilution…

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find speaking of brand dilution

It was a shame how the Cadillac name had all the blood drained out of it by Malaise Era faux-classy models, and Chrysler wasn’t far behind; by 1982, you could buy what was essentially a Dodge Diplomat with New Yorker badging. A New Yorker with a Slant Six?

At least this car came with a “Combustion Computer.” Solid state, no less— leave the vacuum tubes to the GAZ Volga 3102! In spite of the Slant Six being an extremely un-luxurious powerplant, it was nearly bulletproof.

Still, this New Yorker stayed on the street for nearly 30 years. That’s longer than most Corollas live.

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  • Kane Kane on Jul 21, 2011

    Howdy folks ! I was wondering if anyone could help me. I've got an '82 Chrysler New Yorker with the inline 6, 225 ci engine. The problem that I am having with it is the idle which is very rough and when the engine is cold the darn thing just dies but once she is underway it's fine. I would appreciate any advice you could throw my way. Thanks, Kane in Canada

  • Chicagoland Chicagoland on May 19, 2012

    Buster Brew said "(by 83 the base New Yorker would move to the new E (read stretched K) platform..." True, only for one model year, 1982, was the Chrysler M-body called 'New Yorker 5th Ave'. MM posted a new 'junkyard' article that infers the 1989-93 was the only K based New Yorker, but 1983-88 were beforehand.

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