1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue 318 ci V8 (5.2L)
A tree-huggers nightmare
When I first purchased the car, it used to hesitate badly. It would often "attempt suicide" by stalling when pulling into traffic. Had carb replaced and intake manifold exhaust passages cleaned out, and this fixed hesitation problems.
Poor fuel economy has always been a problem. Currently I am getting no more than about 340 KM out of 55 L of fuel, all highway granny driving.
I used to get marginally better economy before I replaced my "Lean Burn" computer (on the air cleaner) due to overall weird operation of the engine. (Chugging accompanied by clicking of firewall solenoids.)
Factory lubed rear u-joint began to squeak. (I would squeak too after 200,000 KM)
Replaced sagging and clunking rear leaf springs, new ones are sagging a little already, as I should have got H.D. six leafers.
Replaced pads and rotors at about 190,000 KM, and replaced shoes, drums, and seized e-brake cable at about 200,000 KM.
Did all shocks and swaybar bushings to try to fix above spring clunk.
Four new tires around 195,000 km.
Replaced voltage regulator after I fried it by killing the battery and using the alternator to recharge it.
Power antenna just quit working.
Even though I have spent quite a lot of money on this car, it has still been a great reliable first car. I have done most of the work myself (except carb) and this has saved me a lot of money.
A comfortable car with OK performance. Handles very well for a big car. Very comfortable on the highway.
If I could have asked for anything else, I would have asked the Dodge Boys why the @#$% they didn't put throttle body injection on the cars like they did the trucks from 1987-up. Also why couldn't they galvanize the top half of the car too. It is solid as a rock on the greasy side, but the shiny side is rusting badly.
I would buy rear wheel drive Detroit iron again in a heartbeat for my next car. Preferably one with fuel injection, and a little more performance.
I wish I could continue driving it, but it is due for an emissions test in June and will not pass without more work. I am done working on it! Also insurance on this car is expensive. I am 20 years old with no tickets or accidents and I'm paying $260 a month! And they say their not making any money. BULL!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st March, 2004
Well as a Fifth ave owner its one of the best cars I ever owned. if I could buy another one I would in a minute. I know what your thinking I must be crazy right. well I'm not. Yes its not a prefect car, but its still very good for the avrage price they go for. and if you pay $240 for insurance that's just a rip off I only pay $75.00 an month.
It was a great car, but now I have moved on. I now have a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. I really like the Vic, but I will always remember what a great first car my Fifth Ave was. I miss it!