Six serious reasons for owning a fun-to-drive AMC Gremlin X. (Feb, 1978)

It’s interesting how much more reliable cars have gotten since this time. The fact that a company would advertise the fact they had a 12 year 12,000 mile warranty is kind of sad. And this is AMC, not company that was particularly famous for reliability. Current warranty terms from auto-makers implies abit more confidence in their products.

Six serious reasons for owning a fun-to-drive AMC Gremlin X.

1. Good performance and fuel economy is provided by the peppy 4-cylinder engine and 4-speed gear box. EPA estimated mileage ratings: 35 highway; 22 city; 27 combined.*

2. Sporty Levi’s® fabric bucket seats.

3. Extra width to give you plenty of road-hugging stability plus interior room and comfort.

4. Extra wide rear hatch and fold-down rear seat for quick, easy access to loads of space.

5. Steel belted radials, front sway bar, front disc brakes and Extra Quiet Insulation are all standard for your driving pleasure.

6. AMC’s exclusive BUYER PROTECTION PLAN® is the only full warranty that covers everything on your car, except tires, for 12 months or 12,000 miles.

*Actual mileage may vary depending on your car’s condition and optional equipment and how and where you drive. California figures lower.

AMC Gremlin

5 comments
  1. georgiahoosier says: November 16, 20128:27 am

    The owner’s manual for my 1955 Packard described their 90 day warranty. In those days you were supposed to shake out the bugs early on and not give it much thought for the rest of the year or two that you owned the thing before trading.
    Having been an AMC owner during the Buyer Protection Plan era, I remember it being a fairly unique warranty since it was bumper to bumper for the first year, which was about as long as anything on the car would actually last.

  2. wayout says: November 17, 20128:59 am

    I owned 3 Gremlins during the ’70s, including one new one from the dealer. Quality was average for that era; the US car industry at the time was on decline in terms of quality control. Honda would introduce the Civic a few years later that totally kicked Detroit’s butt in quality, price, and gas efficiency and opened eyes to the fact that the US was producing a mediocre product. I liked my Gremlins; they were ‘small cars’ for the time, but built on the frame and running gear of the larger models, so they could take a beating. They were easy to maintain and repair, but like most cars of the era, they succumbed easily to rust, so few remain today. But they were fun to drive; an earlier model I owned had a 4 speed and a small V8! It wasn’t Firebird fast, but very quick…

  3. Mike Brown says: November 26, 201212:57 pm

    I think the point they were making wasn’ t that their 12 month (not year) / 12,000 mile warranty was unusual in length. One-year or 12,000 mile warranties were pretty common, but AMC’s was an all-inclusive warranty covering everything but tires, rather than just the engine and drivetrain.

    What’s interesting is that they’d bother to exclude tires – how many people today would be happy with 12,000 mile tires? I can remember replacing the tires every 10,000 miles or more often on my 1970 Ford, and thought nothing of it at the time. Someone I once met told me about driving cross-country and back in the 30′s and having to replace tires every 1-2,000 miles.

  4. JMyint says: November 27, 20127:55 am

    12,000 miles was usually when most pre-electronic ignition cars had to have their first tune up. Most cars today don’t need a tune up until 100,000 miles. When they say they don’t build ‘em like they used to, I’m glad when it comes to cars. My Chrysler Town and Country has given me over 100,000 miles of trouble free service and my Honda has over 200,000 miles. My 1972 Nova had an engine tear down for gaskets at 100,000 miles and rusted through in eight years. All of my 60s and 70s cars it seemed a constant state of repair and parts replacement. Then I got my 1988 Dodge Aries and suddenly no more tune ups and parts replacements every 10,000 miles, just oil changes and tire rotations.

  5. Toronto says: November 27, 20121:56 pm

    Yup – and in some parts of the continent you’d want to carry a spark plug gap tool, a spare condenser, and perhaps a set of points (or at least a small file for them.) Some electrical tape never hurt, either. All this was above and beyond the tool box you’d carry for a longer trip.

    The tires on this AMC were covered by the tire manufacturer’s warranty, which was separate.

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