1985 Chrysler LeBaron Reviews

1985 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible 2.2L-4 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.2L-4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance31200 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

A fun little car

Faults:

A/C does not work.

Driver's door will not stay open.

Trunk lock medallion is loose.

Rear power windows go up slowly.

Cassette tape player does not work.

Driver's seat vinyl needs repaired.

General Comments:

A bit sluggish on acceleration.

Noisy cabin, a convertible.

Feel every bump on the road.

Really a nice car, all in all. The broken items listed above are normal for a 27 year old car.

Fit and finish is still excellent.

A genuine antique, affordable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2012

1985 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Conv 2.2 4 cylinder turbo from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 4 cylinder turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 1962 Studebaker

Summary:

Wish I had bought one when new!

Faults:

Nothing, a low mileage car that has been a dream to drive. Excellent gas mileage, great performance for a 4 cylinder engine. Comfort is as good as any large car I've been in.

General Comments:

I love the size, ease of driving, seats are as comfy as any large luxury car. Excellent gas mileage in today's high gas prices. Nimble and the ride feels like a large car even though it is a small car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2007

1985 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Wagon 2.6 Mitsubishi Gasoline from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.6 Mitsubishi Gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Great little car with a ton of eye appeal

Faults:

Headlight retainer clips broke.

I had to replace the Auto Shutdown Relay.

General Comments:

This car is exceptionally comfortable and it has sufficient room for 6 grown adults.

It is well built and after 68,000 miles this car still turns heads. The car was previously owned by an elderly lady here in Sun City, Az. (she was the original owner) and it has always been garaged and has never been exposed to inclement weather.

The only real negative fault is that the 2.6 Mitsubishi engine seems down on power, but it runs like a new car, so who can complain?

A very cute "Woodie Wagon" that I intend to keep in my collection.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2006

1985 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Wagon 2.2 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carDodge Spirit

Summary:

A weekend-hauler bargain that goes!

Faults:

Power windows are a perpetual problem in Mopars of this vintage - as are weatherstripping and wind leaks around the windows. Passenger-side window motor died for the second time in 20K miles.

Headliner has started to sag badly.

Windshield wipers sometimes slow down for no apparent reason.

Rust has claimed functionality of courtesy-light switch on driver's door.

Radiator (made of frozen snot) gave up the ghost @ 75K.

General Comments:

What a dream to drive this car! The 2.2 Turbo, given regular use and regular oil changes, is a wonderful engine that packs a lot of giddyap for a Four. Great passing and acceleration power.

The price you pay for the horsepower, though, is you have to use PREMIUM gas - and you've only got about a 12. gal tank and about 22 mpg. So you'll be filling up your Frequent Buyer Card at your local gas'n'go pretty fast.

Interior holds up well. All the options work - except you may have to replace the tinny six-way speakers, especially those under the front dash cowl.

With a decent set of radial tires these K wagons stick to the road quite nicely, without a lot of body roll. I can drive all day at 75-80 and the car hardly breaks a sweat.

Space in these K-wagons is about right - their cu. volume is the same as a Subaru Outback or a VW Passat for thousands of dollars less.

These old Mopar K, E, etc. bodies may not be glamorous, but they're well engineered and a helluva bargain - IF you can find one that hasn't been savaged by Old Man Rust - their biggest enemy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2004

21st Jun 2005, 21:24

Great review! I own a 1984 LeBaron Town & Country wagon and love it. All the minor problems you cited are very accurate.

13th Apr 2006, 23:09

I agree with the problems stated above. I had a radiator leak got out of control suddenly and blew the head gaskets. It's a great car so I'm keeping it around until I can fix her up.

1985 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Wagon 2.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.6L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Solid station wagon, very comfortable

Faults:

The heads on the 2.6L Mitsubishi engine seem to have a tendency to crack at around 120000 miles. Since I bought the car, I've had 3 heads installed. They are not cheap! They tend to crack between the intake and exhaust valves.

Also, since this car is still carburetted instead of fuel injected, it needs more maintenance and adjustments to keep it running good.

The rest of the car is rock solid. Mine has all power options, and everything still works perfectly. Its very comfortable, and still looks good.

General Comments:

It's a comfortable, roomy car.

Unfortunately, the engine is pretty unreliable.

Stay away from the 2.6L Mitsubishi engine, go for the 2.2 or 2.5 liter engines instead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2003

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews