1980 Dodge Colt Review from North America

1980 Dodge Colt 2 door hatchback 1.6 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles


The greatest value car out there!!


This car has hardly any problems in 17 years.

Not worth it to fix after it slammed into a tree in 2001. Engine still started after being totalled in the wreck though.

General Comments:

This is the greatest value car out there. Owned for 17 years, put on 170,000 miles. Lots of power, always started up every time. Had a little trouble in the winter around 160,000 miles.

Paid $2000 dollars in 1984, got plenty of usage, and sold it for 50 bucks to a wrecker in 2001 after totalling it.

Great front wheel drive, and boy you could squeal those tires! The Power-Economy shifter was a creative Low-High gear, to make the 4 speed like a 5 speed.

This was the greatest car for the value, and a lot of fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2001

5th Jul 2005, 13:34

I owned a 1980 Rs and 1984. Loved the RS - low gear spins were incredible. Put 110,000 miles with no problem.

31st Jan 2006, 13:59

I had a 1980 for a few years and never had anyproblems with it. It was the ugliest thing ever, but it was worth the $50 I paid some old lady for it. The only thing I didn't like was the gas mileage for such a little car, but what can you expect for a 1980 with no fuel injection.

20th Jul 2006, 00:55

I had a very early 1980. It was actually titled as a 1979. That was one of the best cars I ever owned, but it couldn't stand up to the rough treatment I gave it. I managed to actually tear the gear shift right out of the floor.

I got an honest 50 M.P.G. on long interstate trips and in the mid 30s around town.

If I could find another one now I'd buy it in an instant.

22nd Feb 2007, 23:49

Answer to the comment of January 31, 2006. My 1981 Plymouth Champ (same car, different label) was carbureted. My average MPG was 42, hi was 50, & it still gave 40MPG at altitudes from 10,000 to 12,000feet. Carburetors worked good. You can read my full report under 1981 Plymounth Champ w/5 comments.

Average review marks: 9.8 / 10, based on 1 review