1994 Chrysler LHS Reviews - Page 6 of 8

1994 Chrysler LHS 3.5 High Output V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.5 High Output V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carDodge Shadow

Summary:

An average performance bargain

Faults:

We have only one major problem with the car. It does not like to start when it is cold. The car is finicky that way.

General Comments:

Shakes very badly above 80 miles per hour. Gets worse the faster you go. Handles badly around turns and power steers. The car hesitates when you floor it and shifts at the wrong times. The car is a little big too. It handles like a big boat from the eighties in some situations.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2002

22nd Aug 2003, 08:48

You really need to take the car in to a mechanic and have them look at the problems you are having. Those problems are known issues and can be resolved if you take it to a mechanic. Good Luck. PS. I have a 97 LHS with only 63xxx miles and I really love the car.

1994 Chrysler LHS 3.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.5L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 kilometres
Most recent distance107005 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Astro

Summary:

Excellent value for the luxury.

Faults:

According to our mechanic, the transmission on the LHS has been replaced. This seems to be a common problem among all LHS models however.

Also, upon inspection the mechanic found the other same problem with the loose from right bearing.

General Comments:

We're just buying this car now. The two problems most frequently being reported have been fixed in that the car has a new transmission and we are replacing the bearing.

The level of luxury for the price of this car is very good and would recommend it as long as you make sure to check the tranny, and bearing. Other than that it's an excellent vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2002

4th Mar 2005, 18:57

Your tranny will fail again and probably sooner than later.

1994 Chrysler LHS 3.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.5L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Vanagon

Summary:

A big muscle car with a reliability problem

Faults:

Air conditioning evaporator failed 3 times (more often than I replaced my brakes - I didn't know there was 'wear & tear' on an evaporator). Last replacement was 2 years ago with a 3rd party (non-Mopar), and hasn't been a problem yet.

Transmission failed at 20,000 miles - replaced under warranty.

ABS and traction control lights have started coming off & on at random, with noticeable thump in the brake pedal if stopped at a traffic light. The mechanic replaced the master cylinder. This seemed to take care of the symptoms for about a week, but now they're back. Is the master cylinder component failing again, or is there something else and the mechanic picked the wrong part to replace?

A solid clunk in the front end when backing up while turning. Mechanics have replaced multiple parts, but still haven't found the cause of the clunk.

We're still trying to find a mechanic who can fix our car the first time. Tune in next week for the next episode of "The Parts Replacers".

General Comments:

My wife and I really, really love driving this car. It is a great highway machine, especially if you want to feel comfortable traveling 'at speed' on the Pennsylvania turnpike's hills and curves in the rain with the trucks. It performs like a muscle car, trunk big enough to pack it all in for a major road trip. My daughter pretends she's in the back of a limousine (Black LHSs were used as VIP limousines by the Pentagon starting in 1994 to carry generals around D.C. to meetings with Congress and other officials). But, could Mopar please, please, please make more reliable parts, and could Chrysler please help me find a mechanic who can diagnose the problem the 1st time. I don't mind shelling out $600 --- if I know my wife won't be calling me to say its not fixed. The track record is the opposite.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2002

28th Oct 2002, 02:58

I own a '95 LH body Chrysler and spent a lot of money on that "solid clunk" in the front end myself. On my car, it was caused by worn control arm bushing and ball joints, plus worn tie rod ends (inner and outer), plus a loose sway bar, which can be tightened up with new bushings. The inner tie rod ends terminate behind the intake manifold and require LOTS of labor time to replace. About 10-11 hours of labor for everything (at $70/hour) -- plus parts and alignment. Over $1000 total for this type of front end servicing. The LH body cars also conduct brake and tire noise up thru the torsion bars, and it there is nothing that can be done about that. My car only had 60K miles when I had to fix this problem. My transmission failed at exactly 60K as well.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 28 reviews