1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati 2.2 16V turbo from North America

Summary:

When I drive it I smile

Faults:

Engine problems in 1999.

Transmission replaced while under warranty.

Currently restoring. Replacing anything that requires maintenance.

The worst thing is the antilock brake system. Hard to find and nasty to replace. Labor to replace in the 2015 market was almost $1000. There are articles on replacing the ABS with standard power brakes, but this must be disclosed to insurance companies, which might make it harder to insure.

General Comments:

In 1989 this car performed extremely well relative to other available cars. 0-60 in 6.9 seconds. The Maserati interior is beautiful. Came with removable hard top with opera glass windows and a soft top.

With the stock Maserati engine and Getrag transmission, it was deceptively quick. With an upgraded computer, custom exhaust and bigger turbo, it will give many 2015 cars that are considered fast, i.e. Mustang GT or Cadillac CTS-V, a run for their money.

The seats are like sitting in a La-Z-Boy chair. This car is unique and unlike any other car. One must drive one (with the performance engine and manual transmission to really appreciate it). The other engines can be modified fairly easily to perform quite well.

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

Review Date: 9th January, 2017

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!

9th Jan 2015, 02:27

25 years later, most people don't know that the LeBaron was redesigned to look like the TC, because it was taking so long to bring the TC into production.

29th Mar 2017, 18:13

No it doesn't look like a LeBaron. No comparison in looks - TC vs. LeBaron. Some TCs have the same engines as Chryslers, but some Cadillacs have the same engines as Chevys or Opels. So what!

1st Apr 2017, 08:21

"No it doesn't look like a LeBaron."

???

Well OK, if that's what you think, but it's definitely a minority opinion.

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

14th Feb 2016, 18:17

I've wondered what the Euro opinion of this car would be, and your post answered that question...

Thanks, L. Wilson.

17th Feb 2016, 21:19

"Euro opinion": that of people who had "never heard of it before" and therefore likely had no idea how closely it resembled the much cheaper contemporary Chrysler LeBaron, save the silly porthole opera windows...