Dodge Raider Review from Guatemala

1988 Dodge Raider Sport 2.6 gasoline

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.6 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired118200 kilometres
Most recent distance142800 kilometres
Previous carIsuzu Pickup


An Outstanding match for the Guatemalan roads


I had to replace the valves soon after I got it.

I had to replace the front suspension, which was really difficult, since the mechanical parts of the suspension I bought them at a Mitsubishi dealer, but the Shocks are specific for that car.

It takes a long time for the engine to warm up, otherwise the engine will hesitate on acceleration and will consume a great deal of fuel.

General Comments:

I liked the car the moment I saw it, and knew right away that it was what I wanted. I have taken it to really rough places here in Guatemala, and it handles great.

Besides, it is very comfortable and easy to maneuver in the city. Perhaps the only problem right now is the high prices of fuel, which is forcing me to plan an engine change, I am thinking of a 2.8 turbo diesel inter-cooler engine, from a 1998 Mitsubishi Montero.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2004

6th Jun 2005, 14:13

HEY! I have a raider also... and it spends a lot of gasoline... if you find two diesel motors or if you know where I can get one I would be thankful.

My email is

Thank you!

7th Jul 2009, 22:46

Hello my friend, I'm sorry I'm replying till today, but I failed to see your comment earlier. In the end I sold the vehicle (pity) and bought a Tercel, which disappointed me greatly. But if it's of any use for you, you can find nice used japanese motors here in Guatemala. Regards, keep well.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review