1988 Chrysler LeBaron Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1988 Chrysler LeBaron 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

Extremely reliable, a good family car

Faults:

The only thing that went wrong with it since we got it is the steering wheel went out. Cost about $100 to replace.

Other than that it has been a very reliable car. Nothing like my 1995 Chevy beretta which was constantly breaking down and falling apart.

It was still running great at 150,000 miles (please note the speedometer might have rolled over so this could actually be 250,000 miles). When a drunk driver rear ended it. The rear end was totaled so it doesn't hold up very good in a crash.

General Comments:

This thing got great gas mileage, probably 20-25 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2004

1988 Chrysler LeBaron GTS turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission turbo Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 kilometres
Most recent distance42375 kilometres

Summary:

Only purchase if you are using it to putt-putt around in, but not for reliability, highway travel

Faults:

Tires are worn badly and out of alignment.

Shocks have gone.

Steering is stiff.

Gears shift improperly.

Windshield wipers need to be replaced.

The motor on the power locks and windows is very weak.

The red engine overheat light flashes on and off frequently.

The car leaks both antifreeze and engine fluid.

The rear hatch door suspension has gone and it freezes in cold temperatures.

The radio sometimes won't turn off.

Needed a brand new starter which was very expensive.

Serious rust all over especially by the tires.

General Comments:

This car was a very inexpensive purchase - $400; from a family member who is also a mechanic.

I had to purchase a block heater for it in -40 degree weather. It has actually started perfectly being plugged in and standing outside in the Canadian elements.

It has been great for a "beater car", although has such a shimmy now on the roads here that I can only maintain a speed of 50km/h.

I have had to fix and upgrade many things on it however, and because of my higher insurance rates it does not seem worth all the trouble; and has been more than I bargained for. I am currently in the process of getting better tires, and if that does not fix the severe shimmy and jerking on the car and it ends up being the tire rods; I will be having it hauled away.

On the plus side however, it has never left me stranded anywhere. The look of it is really cool. The gas mileage is awesome only costing about $80/month to fill. Keeping up all of the oil change changes has kept that part running smoother.

All in all, if you purchase one of these models in better shape than I did, it would be not a bad car for someone that cannot afford much. It is most definitely not good for out of city driving. Also, if driving in the city steer clear of uneven pavement or roads that require driving more than 50 km/h. Just be warned that there may be quite a cost involved in the long run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th March, 2004

27th Jul 2006, 11:44

It has been an education reading these car reviews on the web. I recently read one in which the author indicated that (s)he considered replacing an odometer cable (and a few other items...) to be a minor inconvenience in an otherwise good car.

In contrast, the review that has prompted my comments complained of having to replace shocks, tires, and WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES on a 15-year-old car. These are standard maintenance items. With the miles I drive, I replace tires every three to four years. I try to replace wiper blades twice a year. It's not a problem with the car. It's a cost of ownership. I wonder if this is the writer's first car?

1988 Chrysler LeBaron GTC 2.2 turbo 1 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo 1 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance215000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Roomy, dependable, kick in the pants Turbo car

Faults:

Replaces Power Steering lines at 210000 miles due to a cut in the return line.

Head gasket and head at 150000, because original owner used a older head with a minor crack.

Front brake flex hose at 120000.

Fuel pump 214000.

General Comments:

The car is very dependable. I have found things wear out, but doing regular maintenance keeps this car great.

The car is the best car I have every owned. I drive it daily 80 miles round trip. The turbo makes my drive fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2003

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 15 reviews