1990 Chrysler Fifth Avenue Reviews

1990 Chrysler Fifth Avenue Mark Cross 3.3L V6 from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Affordable luxury with a splash of style

Faults:

The rear air shocks have a magnetic sensor built into the passenger shock. This turns on a compressor mounted behind the passenger shock. Like all shocks, these will fail over time. The downside is that there is no aftermarket equivalent, and Chrysler wants >$400. You cannot just replace the shocks with normal passenger shocks without changing the springs too (you'll still sag).

Normal wear items such as struts, tires, and brakes have been replaced (as expected).

I also had a single rear wheel bearing, and the power steering sector replaced.

The relay for the radiator fans, as well as the associated sensors, also have been replaced.

General Comments:

I love the overall style of this car.

Comfort for both front and rear passengers is amazing. This is an excellent car for long drives (I drove 2 hours a day to/from work).

The instrument cluster is well organized, however the radio is poorly located. The display is blocked by the shifter. This may be due to my seating position.

Despite high-quality struts, tires and shocks ($1000 investment in all), the overall ride is not as smooth as desired, but it is still better than most.

I replaced the rear shocks with Monroe air shocks and wired a momentary toggle switch to inflate and deflate the shocks. This corrected the rear sag, and increased ride performance.

I love the 10-way adjustable leather seats, that the rear windows go all the way down, that all interior panels are covered in either leather, vinyl or felt, having ZERO wind noise with all windows down, having a self-closing trunk, and the speaker layout allows for an excellent sound system.

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Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2004

1990 Chrysler Fifth Avenue from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

A bit mediocre. Rust eventually killed it

Faults:

Rear air shocks are completely non-functional, causing to rear end to sag and bounce around. The air compressor was completely rusted out.

The oxygen sensor was bad at the time of vehicle purchase. Original highway mileage was 13 MPG! After replacement it went up to 26 MPG.

The boot on the power steering rack was torn.

The front brake hose suddenly failed leading to a loss of braking power. Repair costs including towing was around 200 dollars.

The radiator corroded out and leaked at around 90,000 miles. Replacement cost $250.

All 4 tires rotted out due to old age. Replacement cost was over 200 dollars.

The air conditioner was broken and not economical to repair. Automatic climate control performed very poorly.

Severe structural rust. 25% of the drivers side floor board was missing! The drivers side rocker panel was almost entirely compromised by rust. The weld seam of the firewall to the wheel well was completely rusted out. The vehicle was in danger of a complete structural collapse and would almost certainly cause a fatal injury to the driver in even the most minor front end collision. The vehicle is no longer in roadworthy condition.

General Comments:

This certainly was not my favorite car. Although it had a very comfortable ride on the highway, certain features were a major turnoff.

First, the controls for the power windows, power seat, and power door locks were too far forward. It's almost impossible to find them without taking your eyes off the road and looking at them. You have to outstretch your arm pretty far to reach the power windows controls. Power window and seat controls should be easily found and operated by sense of touch only!

Second, compared to GM's implementation of automatic climate control, Chrysler's approach is completely brain dead. While GM mixes the air to the right temperature, Chrysler gives you a stream of full hot dry air until the preset temperature then switches suddenly to full cold. The control's are slow to respond and from time to time can get stuck in full hot or even worse, full cold at a time when you need heat to defrost the windshield.

The bad rear air shocks caused a swaying ride. It never seemed to cause any safety issues.

Handling wise the car is a great highway car, but a poor city car. The cars ride can almost be too comfortable when driving in the dark on the highway, the steady drone of the engine, the cool air blowing in my face, the plush seat and the light rocking can almost put me to sleep. In the city, the car has a long turning radius, and handles bumps and potholes poorly. Unevenly graded roads will almost give you whiplash.

Tall people will notice there is more leg room in back seat than in the front, even with both seats in the full back position. Evidently Chrysler extended the wheel base in the section between the front and rear seats. Only the rear passengers will benefit. The drivers side leg room is the same as what would be found in a typical mid sized sedan.

The braking is very poor. The plush squishy front suspension does not allow for quick effective braking especially in event of an emergency stop.

The car's gas mileage was pretty good for a vehicle of its size. The engine has ample power for ordinary driving situations. The failure prone transmission in this case didn't fail. Shifting at times was slow however.

The 3.3L engine had a noisy lifter, a typical complaint of that engine. It also had a rather rough idle, another common problem with Chrysler engines. However at no point did the engine ever fail to start or run.

The severe structural corrosion could have been caused by an improper collision repair. I would have kept the car longer if weren't for that.

Overall I consider the car to be in the average category instead of "near luxury".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th September, 2004

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews