1986 Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross Convertible 2.5L from North America
Considering how worn it was, once maintained properly, a nice Sunday driver
The car was pretty well worn when I got it, but being a convertible, I wanted to fix it up. The car was sitting for a few years, so normal replacement items, such as brakes, shocks, springs, bushings etc. Also replaced the timing belt and idler as I didn't know if it was ever done.
It runs well, doesn't burn oil or leak, trans. shifts fine. Did have a drivability issue when I first got it, so complete tuneup, and re-manufactured computer under hood (this also controls the regulation of the charging system) as the alternator wasn't charging properly.
Once the bugs were worked out, this has been a nice car for the last few years, and repairs and maintenance have been very minimal.
As I mentioned, once the bugs were worked out from sitting, this has been a nice car. MPG is in the 25 mile range so I am satisfied, and with the top down, it's fun!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th March, 2020
8th Sep 2015, 20:54
We, my wife and I, have had a 1986 LeBaron Turbo (new off the lot) for close to 30 years and it's still going strong at 204,312 miles. We have it serviced at regular intervals, keep it garaged out of sun and maintain the servicing as required. Have spent only about $4K on various issues over those years.
Gets 21 miles in town and 26 on the highway. Almost what the current new cars get. We have been told it's a classic and as long as it is providing the quality of service we get from it, we'll keep it. Our children said we should buy a new car and ditch this one (time to change the will).
Oil changes every 3K miles and regular tune ups when required. Most people just check their oil and top off. The very thing you shouldn't do if you want the sludge out of your engine. We have a neighbor who is a mechanic and he said that the engine on the 86' LeBaron is exceptional and he has serviced many that were neglected.
Let's hope we can still write a positive review in five more years of driving the Lee Ioaka (?) designed car of choice.