1987 Chrysler LeBaron 2.5 four cylinder from North America


Good, basic transportation


Needed one timing belt. Replaced battery, brake pads, front rotors. The rear parking brake cables both wore out, and although cheap to buy, a job to change. The car is easy on gas and always starts. It's a pretty ugly K-car box, but if you don't need to compensate for a weak ego, it's a dependable easy to own car. Oh, the power windows had a lousy design, the plastic drive tracks break in cold weather. I've replaced several of those, two hour repair, 20 dollar part.

General Comments:

You won't get noticed driving this car, and if you're like me that's a plus. Insurance and plates are REALLY CHEAP.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2007

1987 Chrysler LeBaron Turbo Sedan 2.2L turbo I from North America


Best Car Ever. Hands-down


Let me say I knew from the start what I was getting into. It was a $600 car. Taking that into account, I'm still quite impressed.

Brakes - Pads and hardware front and rear $575

Timing Belt & Camshaft/Crankshaft Seals - $300

Power Steering Pump - $175

Tranny pan gasket & fluid - $95.

She still needs...

Cap/rotor/wires/plugs - $70 est

Radiator (not gone, but old) - $120

Battery (same as rad) - $50.

She runs great.

General Comments:

I bought this car the day I saw it pretty much. Sitting at the side of the road with a sign in it. The body and interior are almost mint. A few rust spots mar her exterior, otherwise, paint is perfect with hardly any scratches, and the interior looks like it rolled off the lot yesterday.

I knew it needed work, with a very large leak puddle underneath it. It was leaking P/S fluid, tranny fluid, and scads of engine oil. Despite this, and despite the timing belt being severely weakened by oil seepage, she ran pretty well. I've fixed all the leaks except one oil drip between the engine & tranny. Rear main seal I think. That will be expensive.

This car is amazing. Gas mileage could be better at 25mpg hwy/19mpg city, but its far better than the New Yorker I had before (3.0L V6). Drop the pedal, and wait two seconds for the turbo to spool up, and she's off. Very quick on it's feet, once you give it the first 10 feet or so to gather a breath. It's comfortable, and super easy to drive. It's style, with great proportions, waterfall grille, and crystal pentastar (oh yeah and wire wheelcaps) put a Mercedes C230 to absolute shame. The digital dashboard is a riot to watch.

My goal is to restore this car to like-new condition, although that mostly entails mechanical work. It's a shining example of how much punishment the K platform can take and still survive to live another day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2006

30th Aug 2006, 10:30

Methinks it is premature to declare it the "best car ever" when you've only put 1500 km on it.

Why not report back here in a year or so and let us know if you still feel the same way?

11th May 2008, 20:28

I learned to drive in an '87 LeBaron 2.2 turbo with inter-cooler. This car had 15 inch aluminum rims, beautiful leather interior, an informative digital dash, a great ride and good handling. It was good on gas for a turbo car. The body looked bad with the black paint pealing off of the roof and hood, but it ran and drove so well my dad and I didn't really care what it looked like.

He offered to give the car to me when I was 18 years old, but I passed it up for a $100 '89 LTD Crown Victoria because I was dumb and wanted a big car with a V8... I would do anything to get my hands on another one of these cars; it's too bad all the ones I see now are the rusted out ones at my local pick-and-pull.