1982 Dodge Aries 2.2L from North America
Please don't buy these K cars, they are a waste of money
Where do I start? I was replacing part after part until the head gasket blew.
This car would break down constantly. It never ran right, was hard to start, hard to keep running until warmed up, even after fresh tune up and timing. The head is extremely crappy aluminum that warps very easily. It leaked from every where that held fluids; brake, power steering, coolant, oil, tranny.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th March, 2011
You bought it with 165,000 miles on it what did you expect? It isn't new anymore!
My friends mom had one of these back in '83. We cruised everywhere in it, going 85 on the highway and flooring it off the line, and it would just run and run. I have never seen a car take the kind of abuse we gave that one, and still run as good as it did.
Earlier 2.2s would have gasket trouble, otherwise your car sounds like it wasn't maintained so well.
160,xxx mileage is nothing for 2.2s if they're in decent mechanical shape.
Sometimes in life... you have to lick your wounds... try to get some type of money for the car... and move on to the next one... hopefully with better eye for the next car/truck/SUV...
Please get the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Guide that comes out once a year in April... it has a section there for reliable cars to fit your budget... also you can thank your lucky stars that you are in one piece and the car didn't cause any accidents/injuries for you and the car... here in LA, there doesn't seem to be a week go by without somebody getting killed in a car or by a car... and I believe some of those are not always driver's error... I believe some of these older and some newer cars are not always safe to drive on the street...