Chevrolet Citation

1983 Chevrolet Citation

1983 Chevrolet Citation
The 1983 Citation suffered from defects and multiple recalls.

The 1983 Chevrolet Citation was another virtual rerun for the model year. There was little new aside from some minor trim alterations to the dash, and standard low-back bucket seats with adjustable headrests to replace the previous front bench.

The lineup again consisted of a two-door coupe (resurrected in mid-1982), three-door hatchback, and five-door hatchback. Base models came fairly stripped to keep prices down, so cars without one of the optional interior dress-up packages looked like a taxicab inside.

The X-11 sport equipment package returned at a much lower cost ($998 versus $1,744 in 1982) and would be offered on the two-door coupe in addition to the three-door hatchback at midyear. The X-11's 135-horsepower High Output 2.8-liter V-6 engine could now be ordered on any Citation for $300. All powertrains remained unchanged.

Prices went up by only about $50, yet production dropped again, from better than 165,000 to just over 92,000. But price wasn't the Citation's problem. GM's X-cars continued to amass an unsettling number of recalls -- despite being in their fourth year on the market -- and many owners weren't happy.

1983 Chevrolet Citation five-door hatchback
The 1983 Citation looked handsome
in five-door hatchback guise.

1983 Chevrolet Citation Facts

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