1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati 2.2 turbo from North America

Summary:

The overlooked 'Red Headed Step Child'

Faults:

Odometer - Gear broke. Easy to replace.

General Comments:

The car is 25 years old, but it has aged well. I am the 2nd owner. The previous owner had taken good care of the vehicle.

The lines on the car are timeless and classy for the joint badge it wears. It is a car that has beauty with the hard top on or off. It still provides timeless comfort and luxury of a flagship car. It is the chance for a person to have an Italian exotic on a beer budget.

This is a real sleeper, and will come to be more appreciated in the future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th February, 2014

1st Dec 2014, 21:55

Twenty five years later and it still looks like a LeBaron!

1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati 2.2 8v turbo from North America

Summary:

The best Maserati I'll ever own!

Faults:

ABS electrical relay burned out (replaced).

Throttle body sensor broke (replaced).

General Comments:

Despite the insults from the self styled experts about its pedigree, this is a fun car to drive, and people like its looks. It handles well in tight turns, and has decent acceleration for a 4 cylinder (no performance enhancements -- yet).

Got mine while stationed in Europe. Drove it throughout Germany (at autobahn speeds), toured the French wine country in Alsace-Lorraine, visited Liechtenstein, and even climbed the Susten, Grimsel, and Furka Passes in Switzerland.

Handling was great in all types of weather and road conditions. The seating is comfortable for long drives, and the sound system is very good.

This car isn't perfect, however, as there are design/build flaws:

* The hard top roof leaks in the rain at the top of the windshield pillars.

* The opera windows are permanently fogged, and...

* Some of the exterior trim was not well fitted.

Still, even though I was in Stuttgart, which is home to a good portion of the German auto industry, the reactions when people saw it in the street were uniformly positive, if a bit puzzled, since no one had ever heard of it before.

All in all, a real sleeper of a classic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2012

1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati from North America

Summary:

Is it a Chrysler or a Maserati?

Faults:

Well most things that were wrong with the car were just stupid mistakes by bad mechanics fixing the car. The wrong fuel pump was installed, and the car would not go over 3000 rpm. The anti lock brakes on this car can be a problem, and are expensive to repair.

General Comments:

It is surprising how well this car drives considering it's made from Chrysler K car parts. It is very comfortable to drive and good on gas.

All mechanical parts are cheap Chrysler parts, so inexpensive to repair. The turbo engine is smooth and powerful.

The Maserati name on the car adds some class.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2011

1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati 2.2 turbo II from North America

Summary:

Decent attempt from Chrysler for 2-seat luxury roadster

Faults:

Seat and armrest leather is very worn.

Slight oil leak around the turbocharger seal.

CV joints were worn when I got this car.

Most things wrong I'm chalking up to age vs. mileage.

General Comments:

Chrysler's TC by Maserati was an attempt by Chrysler to boost its image by teaming up with Maserati on building a two-seat convertible. A fiberglass hard top with opera windows and a hybrid Chrysler/Maserati logo was also included.

It is styled much like the Lebarons of the time. Though the TC was designed first, it was released second, and this affected sales. Few would pay thousands more for a car resembling a Lebaron.

The interior is nicely appointed in places. Nearly every surface is covered in leather. Power-everything includes seats. The weird thing is that the gauges and switches are all stock Chrysler, and add a certain cheapness to the car.

In the 1990/91 models, some panels are replaced with fake wood trim. On this 89, however, it's all leather. This makes the forward console look strange, as relatively small climate and radio controls are surrounded by a comparatively huge black leather insert.

There is ample storage. Because the body is similar in dimensions to the Lebaron but only has two seats, a large trunk is possible. Likewise, there's an interior lockable compartment which holds the spare tire and provides a bit of extra space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2009