1999 Chrysler Cirrus LXi 2.5L V6 from North America
Under 100K miles, fully-loaded and in near showroom condition, for FREE
The rubber seals around the spark plug sleeves are leaking very slightly. Very common on these engines.
The brake master cylinder needed to be replaced.
Let me start off by saying that I got this car for FREE. I traded my '95 Subaru Legacy Wagon for this car, and it was MORE THAN a fair trade. The body is perfect shape, with no dents and only 2 very small rust bubbles on the right rocker panel (these are the only spots of rust on the whole car. The underside of the car looks like brand new, and literally doesn't have a speck of rust on it). The car is gold in color and the paint is in flawless condition, I can't find a single scratch!
My Cirrus is fully loaded with all the power options and upgrades available. Everything works as it should, and so far I can't find anything wrong with it.
The 2.5L V6 moves this car along with ease. Merging onto the highway is a breeze. On the highway, the engine is very relaxed, turning at a little under 2500 RPMS at 75 MPH. Punch the gas and you get a throaty growl and a blast of speed. It's not the fastest car in the world, but bear in mind my other car is a Toyota Corolla, which is reliable, but dead slow, so this thing feels like a rocket to me.
The interior is in beautiful shape. The leather seats have no cracks in them and there isn't a single rattle. The seats are very comfortable, and this is actually the first car I've ever owned in which I do not have to have the seat all the way back in order to be comfortable (I'm 6 feet tall, but most of my height is in my legs). I could drive this car for hours and not even begin to get uncomfortable.
The ride is amazing. This is the most comfortably riding car I've ever owned. It doesn't exactly float over the bumps, but it absorbs them very well. I live in a rural town where the roads are paved, but very bumpy and choppy. The Cirrus handles it beautifully (it quiets and softens the bumps a lot better than my Corolla). Handling is decent. It goes through the corners fairly well, however it has a significant amount of body roll and a fair amount of understeer (however, handling was not meant to be this car's strong suit).
As for the complaints, well, I don't really have any besides the gas mileage, which has been about 26 MPG in mixed highway/city driving (this isn't bad for this car I know, but like I said earlier I also own a Toyota Corolla, which gets 38-40 MPG in mixed highway/city driving, so 26 MPG is a bit scary to me). Oh and unfortunately the previous owner smoked in the vehicle, which bothers me a little bit, but it will dissipate eventually. The car was essentially given to me for free, as I simply traded a Subaru Legacy I paid $300 for to the original owner of this Cirrus. You can't beat that.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th August, 2010
Original Reviewer again:
Discovered the cause of the whining. The idler pulley bearing was beginning to fail. Part only cost about $15, and took about 20 minutes to replace, no more whine!
I love the power of the 2.5L V6, and so far it's been getting about 26 MPG. There is one downside to it however. While this V6 produces its power high in the RPM range, and loves to rev, it's not exactly the smoothest engine at high RPM's. Discovered this today when merging onto a highway. I decided to give it all it's got just to see how it would do. It pulled hard all the way up to 75 MPH, and would've kept right on pulling had I not let off at that point, however around 6000 RPM's the engine gets very thrashy sounding, and begins to actually shake the car quite a bit. This isn't really a problem of course, it's just the way this V6 happens to run. Just a point I figured I would bring up.
I will eventually be putting a Magnaflow muffler on it (probably sometime next spring), and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like. It already has a decent rumble to it at idle.