So here it is in all its glory, my 1986 Chrysler New Yorker Turbo. This was one of, my favourite cars that i owned in my life.
First the car: 1986 Chrysler New Yorker with the prefered 2.2l 4 cyl turbo giving it 150hp. I bought it in 1994 and it had 186 000km on it. It only cost me $2000CAD and i was 17 years old.
Despite the looks, the car did not weigh much over 3000lbs, and next to a 2005 4 door sedan Corolla it would look about the same size. It was FWD, and you could hear the super laggy turbo spool up under acceleration. I topped it out down hill at 199km/h (Digital dash ran out of numbers) and it would get you to 100km/h faster than most of your friends cars no prob.
Now what you see here is a New Yorker with the slight mods I did. I painted the grill black, and the light frames black as well, and got rid of the white walls and spoke hubcabs. I fixed any rust on it by sanding and painting it. Very little rust actually, but the front windsheld had a water leak in the upper passenger side corner. There was one hole in the trunk which was sealed with duct tape.
Most problems can be solved with duct tape BTW.
This car had the digital dashboard and talked to you, telling you things like "Your door is ajar" (For the record my door never was a jar, it was a door).
It had by far, and I love cars and have been in many cars, the most comfortable seats EVER. Any of my friends who have actually sat in it fell asleep within minutes. Crushed Velour!! Do you understand!!? The eighties was all about couch seats in cars, and this was the case par excellence.
I drove this car across Canada and on logging roads in BC through mud when i went to go and plant trees. This car gave me many kms of service.
Eventually i lost it to an cracked block after it over heated. The thermostat on the dash was busted, and by the time I could pull over to the nearest Canadian Tire to buy some coolant, it was too late. I was a stupid kid , I thought i had refilled the rad by filling the overflow reservoir. That was not the case.
One of the cheapest cars to fix, and honestly one of the toughest and most reliable i ever had considering the punishment it took.
It really was an awesome car for a kid, though you wouldn't think it.
BW: 3 hours lots of lines. Colour: Corel Photopaint 8
In regard to cars made in 1986, I honestly can't decide which is more of my favorite - the Buick Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, or the Chrysler New Yorker... there's just something about that mid-1980s aesthetic that really appeals to me.
I almost got something similar which was a 85 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z with the same 2.2L I4. Great car, quick in a straight line but handled like a carnival float. Sadly it was a missed opportunity, the car was sold before I had all of the money.
looks an awful lot like my Chrysler LeBaron! 1988 model. It also had that overheating problem with the unreliable thermostat. I ended up trying to drive it to the shop with huge billowing clouds of steam pouring out of my exhaust *_* That was a damn nightmare! Same coolant/radiator problems and yes, my engine block got cracked too. Replaced it fully and it lasted less than 4 more months until the the car just ended up dying while in motion and I had to coast it into its final resting spot!
Ironically I replaced it with a 04 Corolla - like you mentioned in comparison
Nmaa... Wow. You actually made a Chrysler New Yorker seem... desirable! I didn't even know that they came turbocharged!! I'm amazed that you got so many good memories out of it (being that you're a car guy and it's, well, an '86 New Yorker)! Looks like not all of 'em came out of the factory with atrocious quality flaws!
The first car I drove was a 1980s Dodge Dynasty, and it looks very similar to the New Yorker. Everyone I knew thought it was ugly, but there is something I find very interesting in cars that have sharp straight and diagonal lines. Very nice drawing, I love the detail! I am thoroughly impressed