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#1 of 6 Greatest Sleeper
Jul 28, 1998 (6:36 am)
I believe the greatest sleeper car in america is
the 85-86 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo. The car is a
rocket! I love mine. I would like to talk to
anyone who owns one of the few 5000 cars. My GLH
Turbo's mods include rebuilt engine w/100,000 on
it(and still running strong), Bosal exhaust, Koni
adjustable shocks, and Continental tires.
#2 of 6 carlady
Jul 28, 1998 (9:12 pm)
Hmm, my sources tell me your view on the Dodge Omni places you in a distinct minority. But if it works for you, it's a great car!
What do others think?
Jul 30, 1998 (3:20 am)
I had a '83 Dodge Charger (hatchback) for awhile. I also loved that car, although it died at about 90K which was pretty normal for an American car back then. A friend of mine had an Omni circa the same era and they had the same engines. They also had similiar dash and interiors. I do think my Charger won in the looks department over the Omni. They both were very fast cars. Quite good engines.
#4 of 6 eneth
Aug 04, 1998 (3:04 pm)
The GLH Turbo might have been a nice, niche performance car, but the other Omnis/Horizons and derivatives were partly responsible for the poor reputation for quality and reliability that Chrysler's struggling with right now.
I had a first-year Chrysler-engined Omni (2.2L, 1981). What a nightmare that car was, and from day 1.
Chrysler did manage to tighten up the quality control in later years, but the Omni/Horizon, at least in most forms, will never go down in history as a great car.
I wonder how many others were sold on Toyota Corollas and Honda Civics after owning Omni and Horizon models?
Sep 13, 1998 (2:09 pm)
My father does not have his GLH Turbo anymore but I sure have to agree with you!!! That car was a BLAST to drive!!! I learned to drive on it as well. What was great was toasting 4bbl 5 liter Camaros of the day, not to mention VW GTIs, T-bird Turbo Coupes, and even Daytona and Lebaron Turbos. If there was really anything to bitch about, it would have to be the unnecessarliy high clutch return tension! That clutch, imo, was not too pleasant to work in stop and go traffic. Plus, torque steer was a bit on the high side. Lastly, the shifter was quite vague and its throw was a bit too long for my tastes. But it sure was FUN to drive and to toast some poor unsuspecting victim!
As for problems, my dad really only experienced 2 that I can recall. A wiring harness was not routed right and it rubbed a wire against the block, which would blow a fuse for something I cannot remember. They re-routed the harness. More seriously, he broke his timing belt at something like only 45-50k. Luckily, no valves were interfering with the pistons. There may have been a vacuum leak that required a small plastic part atop the engine to be repaired. But all in all, there was nothing, excepting the timing belt, that was a major hassle.
Oct 16, 1998 (5:02 pm)
Believe it or not I had an '86 GLHS 4 dr. turbo (a real Shelby version). Only 500 were made (there were 800 GLHS 2 drs. made later) and I wish I still had it. I have been looking for months for a fast (0-60 in at least 6's), great handling, fun, cheap, 4 or 5 passenger car. I know that some of the cars are coming closer but they are expensive to me (over $20,000). I still have the brochure for the GLHS. It shows a road test at, I think, Willow Springs, and the GLHS was faster than a 308 Ferrari around the course!! Great car. GLHS stood for goes like heck Shelby. It cost $10000 in '86.