Chrysler Saratoga Reviews from Netherlands

1993 Chrysler Saratoga Limited 3.0 V6

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 kilometres
Most recent distance167000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Tempra

Summary:

Luxurious reliable cruiser

Faults:

Head gasket had to be replaced at 127000 km.

Radiator overflow tank at 127000 km.

Front brake and discs replaced at 141000km.

Wiper motor transmission arm replaced at 149000 km.

Four new tires at 164000km.

New brake pads at rear discs at 164000km.

Driver's side seat belt latch brought to me from a friend of mine from Florida, taken from a salvage Plymouth Acclaim.

Had the A/C refilled last July, and the mechanic also added some leak stop fluid. Until now it still blows cold air.

General Comments:

I bought this car in September 1996 for only 1450 euros.

They are very rare here in Holland, as a lot of people are prejudiced about the fuel consumption on American cars.

I mainly use it for commuting to work every day, which is about sixteen miles everyday. The ride is smooth, and is addictive; this limited edition has all the bells and whistles, such as leather seats, A/C, 4 power windows, power mirrors, sunroof, cruise, central locking, and alloy wheels.

The driver's side door edge has rusted away in the middle, but I will fix it this spring.

This car car has always started and gone the distance for me. As long as it will make it through the MOT, I will keep it.

I am a big fan of American cars; also own a 1972 Ford Mustang Mach One.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2010

1992 Chrysler Saratoga SE 2.5

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen BX

Summary:

Business-class traveling for economy-class prices

Faults:

Since I own it: nothing (yet).

General Comments:

I bought it at a Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge dealer. It has always been well maintained (every 10.000 km) by the previous owner. I'm the second owner.

Cosmetically the car is a disaster: damage on the left front-fender, scratches on the weirdest places and cigarette burns all over the interior.

Saratoga's are very cheap to get in the Netherlands. I had to buy a cheap car quick because my wife needs a car for her job as well and she truly hates the Saratoga's looks. So she's using our other car. Fine with me! I've always had a special place in my heart for US cars (owned an 87 T-bird a few years ago). I drive the Saratoga to work, which is 240 km each day.

If the car wasn't in such a terrible state I would keep it, but I will sell it within a few weeks time.

The Saratoga is very comfortable, quiet, and has perfect road handling. The power-steering is perfect: not too much not too little.

The switch for the interior-light has the most logical place that I've ever seen: integrated in the headlights-switch. Pull=headlights on and turn it to the left=interior-light on. Brilliant!

The car is relatively small on the outside which makes it easy to park. The interior-space is impressive, especially with the backseat down.

I'm sorry that I have to sell it in a few weeks time because this car makes me feel very secure on our overcrowded roads filled with speed-devils. But I have to get something newer. I can't afford to be stranded on my way to work.

To me it's traveling first class in this fine car. 110 kilometers an hour with Hank Williams on the car-stereo. Who could ask for more?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th March, 2004

1990 Chrysler Saratoga 3.0 SE 3 Litre

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3 Litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 kilometres
Most recent distance238000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Ascona

Summary:

OK car when you like the model

Faults:

I bought the car with a broken transmission at 139000.

The head gasket blew at 154000.

Apart from general maintenance and accidents (3) I had no structural problems with this car.

General Comments:

For Europeans it's a cheap American car which drives very good.

It doesn't have a spectacular performance.

It still looks very good after 13 years!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2003

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 3 reviews