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Interesting to compare them to today's entry-level cars. The Maverick was pretty primitive by comparison, yet I thought it did it's mission in life pretty well. We had one, a '74, bought new. It was a 4-door with the "Luxury Decor Option", which meant you got some reclining bucket seats in front (from the Capri, I think), some plush carpet, a vinyl roof, and some vinyl-filled bodyside moldings along with a vinyl applique between the taillights. Aside from that it had power steering but manual drum brakes, an AM radio, automatic and the "big" six (250 CID). Oh, and I almost forgot, special body-color wheelcovers and the infamous Firestone 500 radials.
The engine was barely adequate, the brakes definitely inadequate. Ours had a pull to the left when braking the dealer could never cure. The worst problem with the car was rust. I have never seen any car rust this badly. We had it for a little over 4 years and in that time the underside of the hood totally rotted away, the front spring tower welds began to separate due to rust, the trunk began to rust because of an unrepairable water leak, and the dogleg between the rear door and the rear wheel opening rotted within 18 months (a perforation hole because the thing constantly filled with water).
It's a shame, because it was a nice-looking car and was utterly reliable. I liked driving it. But it was the last Ford I ever owned because of that rust (I know, they are probably much improved now).
Anyone else have any Maverick memories?
2014 Cadillac ATS4 2.0T, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe