“I would stay away from the Dodge Aspen because they were not very reliable 30 years ago”
Absolutely true, and these cars would surely not be more reliable now than they were 30 years ago.
In fact, in his autobiographical book, Lee Iacocca himself admitted that these cars were essentially rolling junk when they were new. I can’t recall the exact quote, but he said something along the lines of…Most owners wanted to firebomb Chrysler headquarters, and if they did, I wouldn’t have blamed them.
One of the most…charming…aspects of this car that you would have to deal with is the unreliable carburetor and automatic choke. The automatic chokes on these cars were not to be trusted when new, and–trust me–the chance of finding a mechanic at this point who knows how to adjust the choke is…not good.
A friend of mine owned a Plymouth Volare (the mechanically-identical clone of the Dodge Aspen), and he moved to Michigan shortly after buying it. In cold weather, the car was essentially undriveable unless he warmed it up for at least 20 minutes before driving it. He found that out the hard way after he was almost killed a few times when the engine stalled on the entrance ramp to the interstate highway.
Actually, given the severe rust problems that these cars had, I would be very surprised to find one that is still safe to drive. If you insist on subjecting yourself to the misery of owning one of these automotive disasters, you really need to put it up on a lift prior to purchase in order to assess the extent of the rust damage on the undercarriage.