1993 Plymouth Acclaim 4 door 2.5
Yes I stole it and I'm proud of it
Just an idle pulley.
I like these cars, they are cheap to buy. They're getting harder to find. I now have to find old folks with them stashed in their garage.
First I do required common sense stuff. Transmission service. Change timing belt. All belts. Oil and antifreeze.
Seems like a lot, but for a low cost used car, not that bad.
These have never failed me. I find them with a few miles on them, and do minor things to them. And then drive them. Never had any major trouble.
Have had the six and the four. The four is plenty big enough to do anything I ever need. I live in the hills and never have any trouble getting up at a good speed. I have found them to be a low cost, nice car. Even if my friends say what old lady did you steal that car from? It suits my needs well.
I tend to think those that had issues with them were not repairing whatever the trouble was. Just my thoughts. A good mechanic should be able to fix most things in a hour or two, or train yourself to do it. These are basic and simple to work on.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th December, 2014
29th Dec 2014, 13:21
The four cylinder is a lot more reliable than the six cylinder, mainly because of the very problematic automatic transmission coupled with the six. The four is a somewhat better and more durable motor as well.
2nd Jun 2015, 22:40
Update on the stolen Acclaim. The cam shaft broke. I blame the previous owner. I believe he replaced the cam and not the head. But he was selling it for his elderly mother. I would have done the same thing. It was only $425.00 for a rebuilt head with cam. A few more bucks for gaskets and fluid. But I still love Abby.
It now has 78,000 and nothing else has gone wrong. I replaced (but was not required) struts and shocks. Had been sitting on the old ones for 23 years. Rides like a new car. Oil is still clear 2000 into a new change. I will drive it till the wheels fall off. Will report back if that ever happens.
To those that reported rust with the frame - car wash and under coating. Also check and clean weep or drain ports - no trouble. Maintenance - it's far better to keep ahead than come from behind. In the long run, it's far less costly than fixing or replacing it because you let it go. I'm still also driving a 1972 Plymouth Valiant 318 that never lets me down. They just do not make them like the old ones any more.