1986 Dodge Colt Review from North America

1986 Dodge Colt E 1.5

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance163000 miles

Summary:

The greatest little car around!

Faults:

Seats have worn very badly, but were not too great when I bought the car.

Clutch went out at about 158000 miles, I had a new one put in and now it works fine.

Drive shafts are wearing out, I'll need to replace them soon.

All other problems with the car have been things like brakes and fuel filters going out, the kind of problems that you would expect to happen anyway.

General Comments:

It is a very reliable little car, I've driven it pretty hard and it still runs well, and it ALWAYS starts on the first turn of the key. I consider the Colt to be super dependable.

The Colt is also good on gas, I can go really far on a full tank.

One downside to this car is that it lacks power. My car does anyway, it has some problems that may cause it to not run as well as other colts, so maybe I'm wrong here. My car has problems trying to go uphill in 4th gear, I often have to downshift it into 3rd (it is a 4 speed, not a 5).

Overall I'd say it's a great little car. I've been hard on it and it can handle everything I've put it through. I've loaded it down with camping stuff and gone on trips that most people would only take an SUV on. I'm very impressed that a small car with so may miles on it can run as reliably as this. You should buy one if you can, but the colt is getting harder to find as dodge no longer sells them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2001

24th Sep 2002, 00:13

I have a 1987 Dodge Colt E, it has the same power problems as your describing. If you find any solutions Email me at Jason_bennett4@hotmail.com.

3rd Oct 2002, 18:48

I have a Mitsubishi Colt GLXi '91 and I have the same problem that your car has concerning going uphill... Well I first noticed the problem while driving the car for the first time.

I was going uphill and I was in 4th gear and I was doing like 80-85km/hr. and I noticed that the car didn't speed up even if pressed the gas pedal little further.. so I slammed my foot on the gas pedal so it was licking the floor, but still the speed didn't change... otherwise I love my car... seats are worn up a lot... engine behaves sometimes badly at first (when its cold!)...but after like 2min. its smooth as ****

Greetings from Iceland.

The owner of a Mitsubishi Colt GLXi '91 model..

(A.K.A -UniCorn-)

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review