I love my New Yorker
My grandmother had it before me; here are some of the repairs on the dealer receipts:
Paint defect (oxidation) about 3 years in the car was also kept in a carport.
1st head gasket at about 26,000.
1st attempt at fixing a fuel delivery problem at about 30,000.
Left side drive axle.
Front motor mount.
After 16 years of complaints about the fuel delivery the car was finally taken to a competent local mechanic (not dealer), car was getting sub 14mpg, the mechanic changed the computer that controlled the fuel delivery and all that other good stuff, car got about 20mpg.
Since I got the car in 2003:
1st day I almost killed myself; I brought the car home from MA with no problems, I drove about 2 hours down to my house on the coast of CT. my grandfather just got the car back from the dealership. They looked over the car "thoroughly" and replace a few hoses. When I got home the car sat for about 10 min, I started the car to go to the store and I smelled gas. I immediately shut down the engine. Turned out the dealership did not tighten the fuel line to the fuel rail. it was spraying on the hot turbo. I tightened the fitting and it was fine.
Head gasket #2 blew within a week I installed a new one with aluminum rings to seal the cylinders better. Car got 24mpg.
I re-covered the headliner.
I was also wondering why my fire equipment was always wet. Turned out the trunk was leaking, got some fiberglass and fixed it right up.
About a week ago the car started running funny on me, I threw some fuel injector cleaner in the gas tank and drove to school the next day. The car never made it. On the way to school the cars #2 and 3 cylinders stopped firing, the car also overheated. I tried too keeping myself optimistic and I talked too many people and did many tests, but while doing a compression test the #2 and 3 cylinders spit out coolant when I purged the tool. I think this time it is a lot more serious than the head gasket.
I don’t believe the problems I have had with the car were a result of my driving style or Chrysler its self. Over half of the problems reported with the car on the dealer receipts were repeats, some 5 or 6 times. The dealership the car was brought to was incompetent and did not accurately diagnose the problems. When I replaced the head gasket in my driveway, I also replaced about $100 in belts and hoses that were seriously decayed. I was in awe at the poor condition the hoses and belts were in. I replaced about 5 vacuum lines that were so brittle that they broke In about 10 places when I lifted the head 6 inches above the block. One vacuum line had electrical tape covering a crack. I also found large holes in the axle boots.
When changing my snow tires off the car at the end of the season I took a look at my brake rotors. The dealership also did a “brake job” before I picked the car up from my grandfather’s house. I found the rotors seriously decayed from the Massachusetts salt. I also saw that I had less than 1/16 thick of an inch of rotor material left in some spots, before my brakes wore into the cooling louvers between the two surfaces. This would have definitely ruined the front end of the car.
The only complaint I have about the car is the weakness of the head. I believe this is the problem with my car currently. At this point I am reluctant to fix it due to the price of the parts needed (about $700), and the poor service the car got in the past. I seriously believe this car would have lasted another 100,000 miles if it was properly maintained.
I am absolutely in love with this car and it breaks my heart to see it sitting in my driveway.
I would highly recommend this car to anyone looking for the luxury of a caddy or Lincoln this is a good alternative. I have friends with BMW’s, Mercedes Benz’s, Audi’s … and I have heard from almost every one of them that has sat in my car that it has the most comfortable seats they have ever sat in.
My grandfather bought this car for my grandmother. At the time It cost about $14,000, the car had almost every option in it, even the voice alerts (why don’t they make that anymore?). I am currently about to buy an almost identical 87 New Yorker, I strongly believe in Chrysler the motto “drive equals love.”
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th November, 2004