1989 Dodge Raider 3.0 6 cylinder
The best car I've ever owned
At about 100,000 I needed to replace the water pump and while I was at it I replaced the timing belt. Still has all other original parts.
At 80,000 the steering gearbox started leaking. I had to disassemble and repair with a gasket kit.
This is the most reliable car I have ever owned. I have had it now 11 years. It still starts and runs like the day I drove it off the showroom floor (it's a little less powerful but the gas mileage is as good as ever).
I recommend you replace the rear differential fluid with synthetic gear lube every 15,000 miles and ALWAYS add the slip modifier from the dealer each time or you'll grind up your differential.
The only bad thing is that since so few of these were made, parts are very expensive. They wanted $2500 for a new steering gearbox. Obviously, instead I rebuilt it for $30 in gaskets. If you are not opposed to getting parts from junkyard providers when necessary, this is a great truck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th January, 2001
25th Mar 2001, 20:14
Hi, I too own a dodge raider and find it to be a o.k. automobile. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada and the 4x4 is a real help in the winter. My main concern is the gas mileage I'm getting.
Gas prices hear are about $0.65 per liter and I'm getting about 90-100 km for $10.00 does that sound right. I have replaced the head 3 times, 1 water pump, and other wise just basic maintenance. Its a 1987 2.6L, I've done many after market changes too it. It has a metelic blue paint job, 33inch tires, stainless steel bumpers, a bush guard and after market stereo system.