1993 Chrysler LeBaron 3.0 V6 from North America

Summary:

Don't be suckered in, it's crap

Faults:

Very poorly constructed.

Parts of the taillight assembly fell off when I closed the trunk.

Terrible MPG for its small size and V6. I was getting about 15 city and 17 highway.

It rode like a lumber wagon.

Lots of road noise.

Difficult to find tires and wheels, because the fronts were 14 inch and the rears 15 inch.

Power windows in the back were not operable.

General Comments:

It really shouldn't be anyone's first choice:

It lacked luxury.

It lacked fuel economy.

It lacked utility.

It lacked performance.

It lacked purpose.

It had that infamous early '90's white paint that F.M.C and G.M. also used. The joke is it starts peeling upon the car's first visit to a car wash.

The brakes spontaneously went out while my mother was driving it in the grocery store parking lot. She ran into a vehicle and the air bags deployed, filling the car with dust and a smell of expired fireworks. She was otherwise unharmed, but she was wearing the seat belt and the car was travelling MAYBE 10 mph.

The good?

It had a cool hood ornament.

The A/C still worked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th April, 2013

1st Jun 2013, 12:48

These Imperials weren't the best cars to bear the name. In fact, they were probably some of the worst. To be honest, there hasn't been a good Imperial since the 1974-1975 models, which is a shame.

11th Jul 2013, 17:44

The car is two decades old - what did you expect?

1993 Chrysler LeBaron LE Mitibushi 3.0 Liter from North America

Summary:

Barry!

Faults:

Gas line was leaked, had to be replaced.

Rear bearings had to be replaced.

Transmission leaking.

General Comments:

I think there are times when you "bond" with a car in a way that always stays with you. This was one of those times.

With four doors, a white paint job, and admittedly "grandpa" styling, this was no sex machine. Still, I loved my Barry (that is what I called him. I don't know why I just did)

This car was a TANK in the four years that I had it, not once did it fail to start. Faithfully roaring to life (and I do mean roar, the exhaust was iffy) whether it be 95 degrees out, or 8 below. Many people seem to have problems with excessive smoking with this engine, I just had routine oil changes, and put in STP oil treatment, and the car seemed quite content. Decent gas mileage, the engine performed reasonably well, but hills were a source of frustration. It was a heavy car, he took a while getting to the top.

I had known that the "Ultra-drive" transmission might be an issue when getting the car, but I did it anyway. You had to drive the car a certain way; Hit the gas and the tranny would become confused and slam shifts. If you went to slow, it would slip between gears. If you drove at a moderate acceleration it delivered crisp, concise shifts. Maybe that's just my thinking, but it worked for me. Toward the end it did leak really bad, which I took it to somebody who said it the transmission pan needed welded. 3 weeks later it started leaking again. Whatever.

I would still be driving this car today, in fact I planned on driving in into the ground, but this past January I slid into a chain-linked fence. The air-bag still worked! And as a testament to his toughness, the car was still running, didn't miss a beat!

I miss my Barry. He was more than a car, he was my amigo. I shall think of him often.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2010

1993 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A swift, comfortable cruiser

Faults:

The driver's side electric window failed.

Fuel gauge sender unit failed at 78000 miles, so I had no idea how much petrol was in the tank untill it was fixed.

Nothing else.

General Comments:

Generally very reliable except for occasionally dubious electrics.

The LeBaron pulls away very swiftly (the joys of V6 power!). The automatic gearbox is also very smooth.

Mine is loaded with goodies such as an electric convertible top, electric seats, and cruise control.

Handling is not thrilling, but is none the less competent and more the capable of dealing with Britain's country lanes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2003