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Not A Bad Little Car — This was my Mom's car but after my '79 Regal bit the bullet in the Spring of '93 I sort of commandeered it. It literally has no power unless you're lucky to find one with the turbo. It has decent cargo space since it's a hatchback and the seats fold down. The interior was good quality from what I can remember.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Nice quit ride, good gas mileage.

Cons: More expensive break downs and repairs.

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Wow — gold with cream inside i love this car because i have never seen another like it in my area fast car that is so fun to drive but scared i might get hit and then i got nothing can't find a hood anywhere

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: goes like hell

Cons: nothing but finding parts

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1986 Dodge Omni — Amazingly, this was a better car than I expected. My wife bought it without my advice, but she got the best possible version. She picked a base model, with the bulletproof 2.2 engine, paired with the more reliable manual transmission. The car didn't weigh much so it had decent power, and the was reasonably fun to drive. Handling was good, and the small size was easy to park, but roomy inside. The hatchback design made the car very versatile. We got our money's worth out of this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fun to drive, practical, with great gas milage.

Cons: Questionable long term reliability.

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Glh — it was the GLH model "goes like hell" at the time it was one hot 4 banger. light weight, and fast as hell. I had a lot of great times in it. I once raced a 70 chevelle ss 396 with it and won!! I miss the car, but its days are long over. not too many around anymore.

Pros: Fast, fun to drive

Cons: 80's dodge....built cheap and not reliable

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Fast Cheap Car. — 1986 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo. 2.2 liter single turbo. rated at 146hp stock. made in 85 and 86 only by dodge inspiired by Carol Shelby. Also had a GLHS. GLH was the initial for 'goes like hell' and the Shelby version "goes like hell, somemore".

Pros: Fast and cheap

Cons: parts hard to come by

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A True Sleeper — I had a GLH Turbo. Back in 86 it was the quickest 4 door sold in the US. Once the turbo spooled up, this car really moved. The light weight really helped.

Pros: power, handling

Cons: squeeks and rattles.  harsh ride, low profile tires easily damaged.  

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655

God, What A Turd Of A Car! — If you read my review of my 1984 Colt, this is the car that replaced it. It was my mothers, and she wanted a Turbo 4 mini-van they made so she asked if I would like it. On paper, it made perfect sense; 7,500 miles against 98,000. Paper can suck sometimes. The Colt went over 77,000 milles AFTER I sold it to a friends daughter. I drove it to work some 200 miles a day, and she drove it wherever. The clutch was replaced at something like 150,000 because the original exhaust system needed to be replaced to pass inspection. Her dad decided to to a makeover of sorts, and replaced the clutch and put on a new set of Michelins. My point here is I should have kept the Colt, and gracefully declined the Omnious.Turd is too nice a word to describe this car. Chrysler/Dodge Service at that point was terrible, and the manager personally came out and told me I didn't' know how to drive a stick. I told him Dodge didn't know how to build or fix a car, and relayed the Colt story. He didn't have an answer when I asked him are the clutches Mitsubishi makes (A Dodge Colt was a rebadged Mitsubishi the down side of that was it depreciated like a rock) that much better that even though I didn't know how to drive a standard it would last 155,000 miles instead 7,500. When I showed up for work in a rental/loaner car everyone would say I see the car is in for it's 7,500 oil and clutch change. I even left it overnight in a parking lot in a urban neighborhood known for it's high theft rate, keys clearly visible and walked home. It was still there in the morning. Actually, describing the 1986 (I made a mistake in the heading) Omni as a turd does a severe injustice TO the turd. Sorry about that!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Not many, unless you count 'Stereo AM' a huge highlight. The wheels stayed on. I didn't die.

Cons: I would have to say without reservation the 1986 Omni is the worst car I have ever owned. Went through five clutches, two on my mom, 3 on me. I've driven standards all my life and have never had a clutch go out on me, let alone at 7,500 miles. Turning radius was something like 38 39 feet so it was like trying to navigate a motor home through the city, Dreadful mileage, no rear leg room. Well you get the idea.

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1990 Dodge Omni Reviews

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1988 Dodge Omni Reviews

Very Relibirty I'm Actually Looking For Another By Keith

large enough for me to put in 4 12 inch subs n 4 six by nines n the back very comfy n very room on the inside outside nice lines i liked how the bumpers were away from the car all n all very reliable ... Read More

My Ride By Evan

Handles like my go-kart and frickin awesome gas mileage but doesn't have as much get up and go as i would like Read More

1987 Dodge Omni Reviews

My Frist Car By Tim

TO SMALL But It Was Nice Clean Car It Was Gray It Was Slow it was my first car go for school and driving a round town it smelled bad in inside of i could never get that smell out of it Read More

1987 Dodge Omni (with Shelby Decals) By Jordan

This is a vintage piece of american vehicular history right here. It will never quit on you and drives better through hell and high water than any truck I've ever owned. Especially after I dropped t... Read More

1985 Dodge Omni Reviews

It Sucks!!!!! By Andrew

it is the worst car ive ever driven but it unfortunatly never dies.... i do not recoment buying one. it is not worth it and its just a big money pit that robbs your wallet and paycheck. hanldes like c... Read More

G Oes L Ike H Eck ! By Jason3702

I drove a standard transmission GLH Omni 1985 bought it from a guy at a vw dealership here in calgary for 800.00 he would not budge an inch on his asking price... no wonder cause it was really in good... Read More

1984 Dodge Omni Reviews

The Ups And Downs Canceled Each Other Out By AJ

It was a money pit, But i loved it!! It was my first car ever!!! It allowed me to learn alot. In great shpe thogh, these cars have great gas milage, and if I could have another I would!! Price was goo... Read More

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