1981 Plymouth Reliant Reviews from North America

1981 Plymouth Reliant K 2.2L 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired129065 miles
Most recent distance167098 miles
Previous carPlymouth Reliant

Summary:

Anyone want to sell me their 1981 Aries or Reliant K

Faults:

Does anyone know where I could find another one?

Many transmission problems.

Lost a lot of hubcaps and they were hard to come by at junkyards.

A lot of people made fun of the fact that it was "dog doo brown"

General Comments:

I loved my 1981 Plymouth Reliant K. Everyone made fun of the fact that I drove a K-car.

My favorite thing about it was the abnormally large shift knob on the 5-speed manual transmission.

My cousin gave me this car because she was just plain sick of it. After the clutch went on it and I bought another car I limped the K-car into the garage where it sat buried under boxes etc for about 2yrs until we moved and without my permission my mom junked it. I didn't even get the chance to take that abnormally large shift knob off of it for a souvenir.

If anyone knows where I can find another 1981 4dr Plymouth Reliant K with a manual transmission please comment on this review.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

10th Jul 2008, 23:26

I thought the early Reliant's only came with the 4 speed manual's.

1981 Plymouth Reliant 2.2L

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles

Summary:

A fantastic car if you keep it in good repair

Faults:

Transmission failed at 82,000 miles.

Head gasket blew at 88,000 miles.

Engine electrical wiring failed at 92,000 miles.

All pumps failed after 100,000 miles.

The seats have ripped.

Underbody is gone at 110,000 miles.

General Comments:

Most of the car's failures occurred only after a great deal of time.

Repairs have not been extremely expensive.

The car's turning ability is excellent; it can easily make very tight turns.

Very sure-footed; a K-car's ability to move safely on ice is amazing - the driver still has some limited control even when the vehicle is spinning in circles on ice, for example.

Brakes just won't fail as long as routine maintenance is observed

Engine (2.2L) is extremely reliable.

Body (except underbody) is still sturdy even at 20 years old.

Good acceleration and fairly good power for a small car.

Quiet car if the exhaust system is maintained.

The interior is simple, but comfortable and soothing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2001

31st Oct 2001, 15:28

Reliant's are some of the best cars ever made. It's good to see someone appreciate what they are. Thank you.

-Rocko.

31st Dec 2004, 08:28

I owned an 81 Reliant from 1986 until 1990. As was already pointed out, they handle well, are nice and light, and reasonably fun to drive. The carbs on these cars were horrible... just try to keep the idle speed correct. Sadly, the reliability was just not there. I replaced this car with a 87 Reliant. Now, this was what I call reliable!

12th Sep 2006, 23:20

My first car was an 81 Reliant SE with 63K. I got the car in 93 and drove it for two years. The only repairs I did were brakes, tires and an idler pulley (the bearings went on the pulley.) I sold it because I was an idiot 18 year old and wanted something more cool and sporty. That was one of my biggest mistakes ever. I wish I could get that car back.

24th Jul 2007, 23:01

Had an 84 Reliant. Could not kill it. Superb car. These days working on classic cars. Found and purchased an 81 Reliant. Can't wait to clean it up, paint it and drive it. Everything is in great condition for its years. Body and interior clean.

2nd Oct 2007, 20:34

If you ever want to sell or trade off that 1981 Reliant, please email me. guitarunplugged at aim dot com.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews