1999 Chrysler Concorde from North America
Wonderful car, but the reliability does not inspire confidence
At approx. 10,000 km, the following items stopped working, and were fixed under warranty:
Like every other Chrysler of this vintage, the driver's side power window stopped working.
Both remotes broke.
The power trunk release broke.
The wind deflector for the sunroof was sticky.
Also, the windshield has distortions in the glass at both sides and at the bottom. I have driven other Chrysler cars of this design and it seems to be present in all these Chrysler cars. While it is not a problem, it is a bit distracting and something I have never seen in a car made since the 1950's.
This car was bought new and is driven by my 74 year old father. Since he drives very little these days, the car has only 23,500 km (about 15,000 miles) after 6 years of ownership.
If we knew at the time how unreliable some of these cars are, we may have bought something else. Realistically, the problems it has had were disappointing, considering the low mileage when they appeared.
Hopefully, the car will hold up until my dad gives up driving.
However, I do like the function and performance very much. The steering and brakes are exceptionally precise and communicative. In hard cornering and braking, the car performs very well, especially considering its size and considering that it is not intended to be a "performance" car, like the Chrysler 300.
The ride is firm, in a sporty way, but very comfortable. Ideally, with 3 people and luggage, the suspension damping is not quite firm enough, allowing just a hint of too much suspension rebound or bounce over larger bumps. However, with a lighter load, its just about perfect.
The 3.2 liter engine is very smooth, quiet and powerful. It would be nice to have a bit more power at low revs, but once the engine spins past 3500 rpm, it is more than adequate.
The interior is very well laid out and all controls are easy to use. However, I would prefer that the steering wheel be closer to the driver.
The back seat and trunk are simply huge and roomy.
Overall, it is a terrific and very satisfying car, but I am concerned about its long term reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th April, 2005
I wrote this review 4 years ago, and am updating it now.
The car has only accumulated 14,000 km since the initial review. Total is 37,050 km now, (March, 2009)
The steering is slightly loose and clunks a bit. A mechanic friend of mine says it's likely the rubber bushings that mount the steering rack have developed a bit of play... apparently is a common problem in these cars.
The trunk lid supports are pooped, but are easily replaced.
The original battery is cranking a bit slow and is getting old. But IMO 10+ years on one battery is excellent.
Otherwise, everything is fine. All tires, brakes etc are still factory original and the car drives like new.