1972 Plymouth Duster Reviews from North America

1972 Plymouth Duster Hardtop Sports Coupe 225 /6

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1972
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 225 /6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Duster

Summary:

This is the greatest car I have ever owned/driven; its like a go-cart for the road!

Faults:

Needed a new fuel tank due to rust.

It is a 1972, so parts are kinda hard to find.

General Comments:

This car handles better than most new cars.

It has never failed me on starting and getting me around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2004

12th Nov 2004, 06:45

Well, you apparently don't get around much, only putting 21,000 miles on your car in 32 years of owning it?

That's less than 700 miles a year.

3rd Jun 2006, 10:51

I'm so glad I found someone who likes the Duster! I think I could just live in the thing and not even have a house or apartment. This car is worth whatever anyone wants to charge for it. With E-bay, parts are easier to find.

1972 Plymouth Duster 225/318

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1975
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 225/318 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Valiant

Summary:

One of the great ones!

Faults:

Occasionally a resistor, and not much more. Inside the front seat and dashpad cracked, but most dusters do.

General Comments:

This car is still great, having been a 225 until 1983 and then upgraded to a 318 which came from a 72 duster. Now it has a cracked passenger side manifold which I'll fix this summer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2003

30th Dec 2005, 04:36

Thank you I love this car!!

5th Feb 2009, 22:59

I also had a 72 Duster with Slant 6. Sold it at 93,000 miles. Sure wish I still had it now. It was such an easy car to work on.

Mine was a weird one with a power steering pump that was over sized for it. You could steer it with just one fingertip on the steering wheel.

I asked an automotive engineer about it and he said what had probably happened was the factory had run out of the correct sized power steering pump, but everything GM made was interchangeable, so a substitution had been made to keep the assembly line flowing. He guessed maybe only a few hundred had been made that way. He also said those kinds of substitutions are never done anymore in the modern age of computer tracked inventory.

The other quirk about my Duster was the speedometer read about 10 mph faster than actual, so you always felt like you were going faster than you really were. I never realized it until I got a two year 85 Olds Cutlass with a correct speedometer and found my commutes were faster. I don't know if it came from the factory that way or my Dad had figured a way to rig it so it would encourage me to be slower.

What got me thinking was the comment on the resistor. I learned to always carry a spare ballast resistor since it needed one every few years. I can't really even remember why, but vaguely I think it wouldn't start otherwise? Don't know. Maybe someone can remind me because I suspect this might keep me awake like trying to remember the words to a song I used to really like.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews