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#4594212 - 12/04/17 05:13 PM Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor?
HawkeyeScott Offline


Registered: 01/11/07
Posts: 785
Loc: El Oeste
I passed by a local repair shop the other day and noticed it advertises one of its specialties as being carburetor work. Give the proliferation of fuel injected engines the last 30 years, it's not a niche too many shops seem to hang their hats on anymore.

But it got me thinking, when was the last mass produced car made with a carb? For argument's sake, let's say mass produced here means on the scale of a Big 3 or Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, etc.

Any ideas?

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#4594218 - 12/04/17 05:19 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
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'91 Grand Wagoneer had a Ford 2150 2 barrel. I Googled and the Wag had several GMs for company. The vacuum lines and widgets used to get the 2150 past smog tests were ridiculous.


Edited by andyd (12/04/17 05:26 PM)
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#4594219 - 12/04/17 05:20 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
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Cadillac Fleetwood, Olds 307, 1989
Subaru Justy, 1992.
Mitsubishi pickup truck, 1989
Crown Vic Police, 351, 1991
Toyota Tercel, 1989

You guys can play on rockauto for the suspected vehicles, just make sure you have mexican cars turned off. LOL

Fueleconomy.gov may also have info.

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#4594220 - 12/04/17 05:20 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
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I think there was something still sold in the US in 1995 that had a carb. I remember hearing about it when I went to auto school. Anything 1996 and later had to be EFI to be OBDII compliant. I do know there were cars sold in other countries, more 3rd world, that had carbs a lot longer.
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#4594221 - 12/04/17 05:21 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
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I think it was the Isuzu Pup. If not, then some other little Japanese truck. They all went into the early 90's with carbuertors. That is, in the U.S. Overseas is another matter.
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#4594224 - 12/04/17 05:23 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
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I think Subaru used one on the Justy in the 90's?
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#4594234 - 12/04/17 05:30 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
eljefino Offline


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1989 was the last year for carbs in the yugo-- they got EFI for their last glorious years on our continent!

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#4594243 - 12/04/17 05:41 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
nthach Offline


Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 3885
Loc: California
I think GM used carbs up until 1990/1991 and maybe the Geo Metro/Suzuki Swift until 1993?

GM made their QuadraJet go for as long as they could.

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#4594259 - 12/04/17 05:57 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
Silk Offline


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Loc: New Zealand
The Mazda B2200/Ford Courier were points and carb in 1995, and that's when we stopped assembling them here.
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#4594275 - 12/04/17 06:14 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
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Some 3 cylinder metro right?
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#4594283 - 12/04/17 06:21 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: TinyVoices]
eyeofthetiger Offline


Registered: 11/18/17
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Loc: South Carolina
Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
Some 3 cylinder metro right?


I had a '95 and it was throttle body injected.
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#4594301 - 12/04/17 06:42 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
earlyre Offline


Registered: 11/22/11
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Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
Did a bit of Google research on this, most people will say the last car sold in North America with a carb was the Justy, but it was actually the 94 Isuzu pickup, if you ordered the base, 2wd model. It came with 96hp 2.3l, w/ a 2 barrel carb. That engine went FI in 95.(to be ODBII compliant for the 96MY, required fuel injection.)

https://www.autotrader.com/car-news/what-was-the-last-car-in-america-sold-with-a-carburetor-260855


Edited by earlyre (12/04/17 06:43 PM)
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#4594311 - 12/04/17 06:50 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: TinyVoices]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
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Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
Some 3 cylinder metro right?


Yes, the Suzuki swift, metro and Subaru Justy all shared same platform. The Subaru just added AWD and everyone's favorite transmission CVT! to the mix.

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#4594322 - 12/04/17 06:58 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7471
Loc: S California
My generation of the Honda Civic with a 3-barrel carb and a cat but no air pump ran from 84-87 and I think the next generation of Civic's starting in 88 was FI. Ancient history yes, but its a car I still drive

The only downside on my 84 Civic is that carburetor with all those vacuum lines and valves. When everything is hooked up and working it works well and my fuel mileage ranges from 37-41 on regular gas and it runs very smooth and never needs adjusting.

The secret is to set everything to factory spec's. Don't "fix" or "improve" anything and no golf tees (lol).

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#4594343 - 12/04/17 07:15 PM Re: Date of last mass produced car with a carburetor? [Re: HawkeyeScott]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 5040
Loc: USA
Base Toyota pickup was like mid 90s with a carb.

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