Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

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    Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison



    Five models of the subcompact Vega went to dealerships, including the Estate Wagon. Vega’s four-cylinder engine made 75, or 85 horsepower. For 1974 Vega hatchback buyers could choose their own “Spirit of America” edition.


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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    Detroit's Finest Hour.

    Now Cue the CIVIC's arrival a few years later, if those cars had Honda motors, they would have been something.

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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    The slalom tests were particularly amusing to watch. The Vega kinda flopped and bounced through the cones.

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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    What a scream. Thanks for posting this. The video clarity was excellent. One of my favorite sites.

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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    I love these old road test videos! It's amazing just how crappy cars of that era were at damn near everything!

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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    The handling characteristics of these two were almost amusing to watch. The phrase "We've come a long way baby" comes to mind. I would like to see the rival import models in comparison though.

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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    This was the era to buy larger sized cars because Detroit simply couldn't make a small car. That was if you could afford the gas and not mind the waiting in lines through 1973.

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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    Good reason to have bought an AMC in those years. The Hornet was a nice small car. It was better built and more reliable than either of these beasts.
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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    There was a Vega "Estate Wagon?" Wow.

    When I was a kid, I actually liked the looks of both these cars. I still don't think either is horrible looking, but that wasn't the problem.

    DeLorean inherited the Vega when he took over Chevy and he said no one there had any enthusiasm for it. It wasn't developed by Chevy but was a corporate project forced on them. If I remember correctly, he actually defended the Vega's quality in his book. He said that after initial problems at launch, they were reliable cars with which they took extra measure to insure quality. I don't think that anyone but DeLorean believed this. He claimed that the "rusting in showrooms" thing was an isolated incident involving defective steel and very few cars. I don't remember how or if he defended the weak engines that were prone to overheating.

    I agree with you skylark, the AMC Hornet was a nice small car. As was the Spirit, IMO.
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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by skylark68 View Post
    Good reason to have bought an AMC in those years. The Hornet was a nice small car. It was better built and more reliable than either of these beasts.
    The Hornet was a larger car with 6 cylinder engines. These were tiny subcompacts with 4 bangers. The Hornet was more of a Nova/Maverick competitor. All 3 compeitors compacts were more reliable and better built than the Pinto or Vega

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    Re: Vid: 1974 Chevrolet Vega vs Ford Pinto Comparison

    I am surprised the Pinto didn't explode.

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