1989 Dodge Raider Short Body V6
Great little 4x4, cheap to run
I purchased the little 4x4 from a neighbor who was going to donate it to his church. I paid him $200 for the vehicle, and it was non running as he had tried to drill out a broken exhaust stud from the head, and drilled into the head and hit an oil passage. The Raider had always been garaged, and the interior and body were perfect, so I figured for $200 bucks, what the hell.
I repaired the mess and drove the Raider for 2500 miles on the original engine, which did well. I had a friend whose son had a 1994 Montero and had rolled it while four wheeling in the Rubicon, and I paid him $500 bucks for his low mile rebuilt engine, which is 5 years newer, but basically the same engine, and swapped the motors over a weekend. I live in California and the smog regs are the strictest in the country, and I was afraid of it not passing smog. Took it to the smog station, did not say a word about the motor swap, and it passed with flying colors.
The Raider now has 206k miles on it and has gone through the Rubicon twice with no mods except wheel spacers. I run full synthetics in everything, and this little truck has been so tough it is amazing. My old Jeep was always a "project"; this thing, I just drive it and everything works, and works well. For a total investment of under 1k, I will keep it for as long as it runs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th January, 2015