Acid Flashback: Little Brother

Dodge Omni GLH

This is the 1986 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo.  GLH stood for goes like hell, and by 1980s standards, it did. We have a soft spot for these awful Rabbit imitators. Yes, they were giant pieces of shit, designed and built by the same people who brought you the Aspen.  Yes, side by side, it was Blatz beer to the VW’s Beck’s. Still…

…you had to admire the intransigence of Chrysler, at least a little bit.

  • Refusing to redesign the car at any point in its 13 year run (other than dashboard tweaks at the end of the run)
  • Pretending there was any difference whatsoever between Omni and Horizon
  • Refusing to move the rubstrip from the seam line to a lower place where it could actually protect the door.
  • playing warranty poker (like 7/70) with cars that I can personally attest were giant shitboxes that spontaneously failed to run right.
1986 dodge omni glh turbo
At least there is no fake wood any more


Dodge Omni GLH
Velour, like a real sports car.
Dodge Omni GLH
Who needs trendy 1980s ergonomics?
Dodge Omni
The highest, best destiny for most of them.
Dodge Omni
Yellow blinkers.  OOO, how European!
dodge omni glh turbo
The view from the Ford Escort racing it.

4 Replies to “Acid Flashback: Little Brother”

  1. Judge Randolph
    We already went down this road when I originally posted it on a sister site here and you weighed in in the comments.

    To recap: I’m not hurt at all. I learned my lesson racing against a Chevy Citation a million years ago. Somebody is always faster, and it’s not always who you’d expect. Get faster or get over it. I’m glad this car survived. Let’s not rehash this whole thing again.

  2. Yes, the red one is, which is why the story starts “This is the 1986 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo….”

    You may have mistook the “related story” that used this 1986 car as a feature image. The car in that story WAS a 1985.

    I changed the featured image in the other post so that that three people who would notice can rest easy.

      1. As always, thanks for another visit. I’m sorry you think I am picking on this car. I used the opportunity of seeing this car at a show to pick on Chrysler a little. In the late 1970s and most of 1980s, their cars (including Omnis) generally invited it. I’m sorry that wasn’t more clear.
        Notwithstanding the facts or my opinions about (or personal experiences with) Omnis generally, I respect this red car. In its era, it was formidable competition for GTIs and other class leaders, as well as some pony cars. This particular car was either babied its whole life or restored. Maybe both. That’s terrific. I don’t think the A-pillar gauges or toggle switches are OEM but that’s OK, because it means this is not some trailer queen museum piece that only gets out for the Concours or to be auctioned to the next investor. It’s driven by someone who obviously pays attention to the car as a machine. That’s the best part.

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