1986 Dodge 600 SE 2.2 turbo from North America


A comfortable sleeper car


Head gasket needed to be replaced at 140,000k's

Fuel injectors leaked and need to be replaced at 150,000

CV boot covers break every year or so.

General Comments:

Excellent performance from a car that looks like a K car. Probably the most comfortable car to ride in on long trips. Fuel economy is good, but depending on how hard you drive with the turbo you could fill up more than once a week.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2003

1988 Dodge 600 Base 2.2L EFI from North America


Slow, but cheap and reliable


Carb needs rebuild/replacement.

New brakes.

Transmission starting to slip.

New struts and shocks (front and rear).

AC needs a recharge.

Sounds like a diesel.

Seat belt retraction is a problem.

Rough idle, prone to stalling when first started.

Dome light doesn't go on when the drivers door opened, works fine with other doors.

Head gasket leaks oil.

General Comments:

Excellent car for the money. I paid a mere $800 for a car that runs very well, if a bit rough. Given, the transmission is a 3-speed slushbox, but it works, that's about all I can ask for at 16. It's got a roomy interior and huge trunk, and the bench seats are quite plush and comfortable.

Parts, and when needed, services, are insanely cheap, and due to the huge volume of K-cars, and K-Variants (the 600 being one of them) being produced, spare parts are of an abundance; new, used, refurbished, and salvaged.

I've taken it on moderately long trips, and it's done fine on the highway, not getting the shakes at all at it's apparent top speed of 84Mph.

The gas mileage isn't the greatest, but it's not all that bad, considering the age of the car. It's got some minor problems, but it serves it's purpose as my main means of transportation quite well. I really couldn't (reasonably) ask for more regarding a first car. Due to money issues, I'm probably going to drive this car until it dies. It's probably good until at least 200,000 miles.

I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for cheap, reliable transportation. Speed demon it is (certainly) not.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2001

18th Sep 2002, 09:52

I agree with you on this. I bought the same car for $380 dollars. I got a good deal because the guy I bought it from was offered 900 for it. The rear shocks are compltely rusted out, so I'm just going to take them off. Otherwise it's a pretty sweet car.

9th Apr 2004, 02:12

Head gasket leaks oil how? I think you are talking about the valve cover gasket...

21st Sep 2004, 23:26

Carb? On a 1988 model?