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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel View Post
    The Omni/Horizon were loosely based on the French Chrysler Horizon, one of the last gasps of the Rootes/Simca empire.
    One of the worst cars ever made. If I remember correctly the Omnirizon was spared the engines used in the Euro versions - after about 30,000 miles the valvegear rattled like a bag of knitting needles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand View Post
    One of the worst cars ever made. If I remember correctly the Omnirizon was spared the engines used in the Euro versions - after about 30,000 miles the valvegear rattled like a bag of knitting needles.
    The US version got a VW/Audi engine, until MOPAR was able to develop their own 2.2 liter OHC inline four.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand View Post
    One of the worst cars ever made. If I remember correctly the Omnirizon was spared the engines used in the Euro versions - after about 30,000 miles the valvegear rattled like a bag of knitting needles.


    When they first came out, you could get either the domestic or VW engines. When I started getting the cars in my salvage yards, there wasn't much call for the VW engines. Noisy, hard to tune and lacking in power. The American 4 banger was popular in ministock racing.
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    Chrysler's 2.2 L K-car engine appeared in 1981 as an upmarket option to the small Volkswagen engine. It produced 84 hp (63 kW) at first, rising to 93 hp (69 kW) and finally 96 hp (72 kW) by the end of production. The Volkswagen 1.7 was replaced by a Simca/Peugeot-produced 1.6 L I4 unit in 1983. This engine produced 62 hp (46 kW) and 86 lbft (117 Nm), and was only available with a manual transmission. The 2.2 L Chrysler was the only engine from 1987 onwards. The Omni and the Horizon finally ended production in 1990, and were replaced by the Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance (both introduced in 1987). Chrysler invested in a number of significant changes that ended up being used for only one year; the cars gained larger exterior rear-view mirrors (borrowed from the departed M-body sedans), a driver's side air bag and a mildly redesigned instrument panel ... complete with HVAC controls finally moved to the center. As production was being wound up all tooling needed to produce the vehicle was sold to the Tata Group in India, and the car was produced there for several more years.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Omni

    Whoah, 1978-1990, that's a pretty long production run for such a piece of shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Omni

    Whoah, 1978-1990, that's a pretty long production run for such a piece of shit.
    The Cavalier enjoyed similar longevity.... never over-estimate the savvy of the American consumer!

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