15 Classic Muscle Cars That Are A Pain To Maintain (And 5 That Are Surprisingly Easy)

Many people save to buy their dream muscle car only to find out it is very expensive to maintain, but there are also some are very durable.

Classical cars are just like antiques in the automobile field. And they bring about reminiscing moments that take many back to the 80s and 90s. Even though changes are happening in this field, classical cars will always hold a prestigious place in any garage. But there’s always a thing with classics that brings about delicacy. Some of these classical muscle cars may be powerful, but keeping them in that shape can be a hard task. Actually, that’s just the tip of the iceberg because some of the spare parts used in repairs are very hard to come by. And if the spare parts are available, they cost a fortune.

Additionally, some of these muscle cars are so classical to the point where getting a mechanic to check them up becomes very hard. Yes, checking up these cars isn’t just matter of connecting a chord to show diagnostics on a computer. When it comes to these cars, a mechanic must break a sweat! On the other hand, there are some classical cars that are very easy to maintain. All it takes is just riding the car once in a while to keep everything running. Of course, the parts of these cars can be got easily. And owning such a classical car becomes fun.

Let’s get right into it by taking a look at these classical muscle cars which fall under each category.

20 Pain To Maintain: Plymouth Volare Road Runner

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Ironically, this car was introduced so that it could give more comfort than its predecessor which happened to be the Plymouth Valiant. Everything in the interior was superb and appealing. The seats were comfortable, and space was just adequate. Even though it had these attractive features, there was a major problem that was carried onto this century.

This car had very frequent water leaks.

Yes, you read that right. Of course, this proves to be very inconvenient to drive during the wet seasons. Plus, you can imagine what it costs to do the water-leak repairs.

19 Pain To Maintain: 1973 Ford Ranchero 500

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In 1973, this car proved to be very exciting to drive because it had very comfortable seats and it was amazingly powerful. However, It didn’t get too much popularity as expected. Decades down the line, the lack of popularity is affecting the current owners because getting it repaired is very costly. When it comes to maintenance, the rarer the model, the costlier it becomes. As if that’s not enough, the spare parts are very hard to come by. Actually, other owners of this car who are not so much into keeping them are the ones who provide the spare parts.

18 Pain To Maintain: 1970 Dodge Charger

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In 1970, car manufacturers had the psyche to build and put their muscle cars out there in the market. Dodge wasn’t left behind, this was their own muscle car which proved to be quite unique and competitive to the other car brands. The handling of this car was very good.

Nonetheless, repairing this car can be very expensive.

Of course, once in a while the car can break down or have an issue which is very normal, but getting it repaired is very expensive. Why is that? It is a very rare model.

17 Pain To Maintain: AMC AMX

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In 1970, AMX’s had the lowest production ever. So don’t blame AMC if you don’t see these models around. Anyway, this car was equipped with very powerful features. Even the exterior look can hint on that. As a matter of fact, this car roams up with a V8 engine which has a horsepower of 375. But you know what? Maintenance also matters. It is not always about the kind of power a car possesses. So, keeping this car as good as new may tend to be tiresome. That’s because it has a rear which rusts fast and the A/C may break down. Additionally, repairing those parts may take a while and a lot of money.

16 Pain To Maintain: Mercury Montego GT

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This is a very rare car to come by. And you know what? It was designed to provide luxury and enhance it with a high horsepower of 140. But one thing’s for sure, the hood of this car isn’t designed to last too long. So, maintaining it requires changing the entire hood because it rusts after a given period of time.

Actually, the rust doesn’t develop on the upper part of the hood but the underside, eating through.

How horrible is that? Moreover, rust ruins and makes the hood weaker after every drive, it is not a small issue which a driver can live with to keep the car's value.

15 Pain To Maintain: 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500-KR

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Back in the days, Ford had attained some good respect for the kind of cars it produced. Mustang was one of the models that pushed the Ford name up. This model here breathed pure power. In fact, it was what any muscle-car driver could ever dream of. Yes, this is because this car had a horsepower of 335 which burned up from a V-8 engine. It gets better because this car’s initials stand for “king of the road”. And just as the name suggests it should be driven frequently to avoid startup issues. It is not the kind of classical muscle car that should sit on the garage for admiration just like a painting.

14 Pain To Maintain: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

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Clearly, this car here was a beautiful production. In addition to that, this car was equipped with an engine that boiled down to a horsepower of 302. This is one of the classical cars that can remind anyone about the kind of power that was exciting back in the day.

Nevertheless, this model has suspension that should be upgraded very frequently just to keep it smooth and running.

Of course, No one wants to dive a car with faulty suspensions because it’s just irritating. Plus, fuelling this car is very expensive.

13 Pain To Maintain: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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What a coincidence! This car was a produced to bring about competition, so that it could battle off the 1960 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Plus, it was produced one year after the Camaro was released. Undoubtedly, Ford went all in because they equipped this model with a V8 engine. Of course, they were able to brush off the Camaro with this model since it proved to be faster. However, the engine of this car tapers off when it is accelerating. It is a serious problem that has been noted time and again. What’s worse? Diagnosing and fixing the engine over and over again.

12 Pain To Maintain: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

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Now, this is the definition of classical. It is with no doubt that we may never see a car like this in the future. It gets better because this car pumps up with a horsepower of 375. Powerful, isn’t it? Even though it is that good when it comes to the performance, it has a major issue of rust. Yes, you read that right. Rust occurs around the wheels. And to make it worse it also occurs in the trunk of this car. You can imagine how hectic it can be! Doing such repairs requires new parts.

11 Pain To Maintain: 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

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This is a car which dates back to 1961, but changes and upgrades were done to the point where it became superb. Actually, it gained more recognition in 1971 due to the redesigns. Not only did the redesign sell the name out there, but also the power it possessed boosted its sales.

It’s unbelievable to think that this car had a horsepower of 425.

But one thing’s for sure, a car with a V8 engine and such power consumes gas like no one’s business! Anyway, what else would you expect from such a car?

10 Pain To Maintain: 1970 Dodge Daytona

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Well, it is good to notice that the Dodge Daytona is a model that has been here from way back. However, it has been redesigned to look different as the years pass. Still, the 1970 model looked very appealing and it will always be admired. But, admiration and maintenance fall on two different levels. In fact, possessing this car is not a joke! Its average mpg is 10. Isn’t that just shocking? It with no doubt that it consumes a lot of gas. This isn’t the kind of car that can be driven every day due to the high gas consumption.

9 Pain To Maintain: 1974 Pontiac GTO

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Well, this car was perceived as a beast during the muscle car era. And why is that? Well, it had a very large-displacement engine despite that fact that it had a small chassis. Of course, drivers went for the power that it could offer not knowing years down the line the fuel consumption would turn against them. It came to a point where the engine consumed too much gas to be sustainable for the owner. Actually, during that time, small cars with smaller engines were preferred. In short, owning and maintaining this car is just painful, because it can leave a dent in your wallet.

8 Pain To Maintain: 1969 Ford Torino

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This is a classical car which is very hard to come by. In fact, it is very hard to see this classical muscle car on the road. Nonetheless, it has a monstrous engine that breathes down to a horsepower of 302. And it sits on a durable steel chassis. Yet, drivers of this car always wonder where the gas goes.

In short, this car is a guzzler to the point where anyone might think that it has a faulty gas tank.

Even though it is a fast car, the gas mileage should have been a little bit sympathetic with the owners.

7 Pain To Maintain: 1969 Mercury Cyclone

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This car here isn’t as popular as its predecessors. Actually, only 2175 were produced in its first year. This car was rare from the first year it was put into production, and that continued as the years passed by. On the other hand, its shock absorbers lose power after some time and getting the same original shock absorbers can be very hard. It doesn’t stop there, fixing it is also costly because it is a rare model. In fact, there’s is something always expensive with these rare cars. The price and the maintenance cost is high.

6 Pain To Maintain: 1967 Ford Mustang Stallion

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This model debuted in 1967. And you know what? Only eight models were produced during that time, making it a very hard model to come by. Anyway, in 1976, there was a second generation production that flooded the market with cars like this. Unfortunately, that was the last time this model was released. The hood of this car looks appealing, but that look doesn’t last for long. So what’s the deal with the hood? The paint on the hood wears off very fast. Even if it’s sitting idle in a garage, after a span of 2 years, the paint will start coming off.

5 Easy To Maintain: Chevy Nova

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The main aim for Chevy as they were designing this car was to make a compact and affordable car. Well, they were able to achieve their goal because over one million Novas were produced. To make it better, this car was available in two engine options. Furthermore, the mpg is pocket-friendly because it doesn’t consume too much gas. After the release, people were very happy to purchase this model.

It was very fun and affordable.

Still, that was passed down through generations because this model is very easy to maintain.

4 Easy To Maintain: Ford Falcon

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Just take a look at this car. It looks simple. And just as the look, it is very easy to maintain. The Simplicity that it offers is just amazing because it can be taken care of without major setbacks. And you know what’s better? Some of the cars parts have been put into production again just to cater for those who own this car. Isn’t that just thoughtful? If it develops a problem then finding a spare part to fix that issue becomes very easy. Easy maintenance also motivates you to drive the car more often than before.

3 Easy To Maintain: 1972 Chevrolet El Camino SS

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What amazed most drivers about this car was the kind of space it could offer especially in the trunk. Plus, it had very wonderful handling. Actually, from the first moment it was released it was loved! Chevrolet, on the other hand, decided that it was a model that should live on to see many decades. So, they ensured that they will put enough spare parts on the market regardless of the year. They usually do a reproduction of parts to ensure that. Even when rust sets in, it can be easily discarded from the Chevy centres.

2 Easy To Maintain: Chevy Bel Air

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This was a model which came into production in 1955, then the production continued to 1957. Yes, production went on for two years. And some changes and improvements were done in those two years. An increase in production brought about an increase in the number of cars. So, this meant that more spare parts were available because some of the cars were not even sold.

In fact, the spare parts are available to the point where a whole new Chevy Bel Air can be assembled just from the spare parts still available.

Anyone with this car can feel secure.

1 Easy To Maintain: 1967 Dodge Dart

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Well, it’s good to see that Dodge also has a classical model which can be maintained very easily. This car can be easily seen around on the roads because it was produced for nine good years. Plus, purchasing it at this moment isn’t as expensive as other classical muscle cars on the market. The attention that was focused on this car for nine years saved it from becoming a rare model. In addition to that, it has a very affordable mpg even though it possesses a V8 engine. Obviously, that attracted drivers.

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