1984 Dodge Aries from North America
Too old and not reliable enough, only get one if you just want to
This car was a graduation gift from college. It was slow and very basic.
It leaked oil from the seal between the engine and transmission; one particular unnerving time I was leaving a grocery store parking lot and the transmission started making a clunking noise and slipping, but stopped after a few seconds.
The passenger side door was stiff and almost made a grating noise when opened and closed, and the knobs would fall off of the radio.
In the time I had it, I had to replace the brakes, and it looked like the CV joints would have been close behind, but the neighbor's kid backed out of his driveway at full throttle and smashed into it, causing about $1G in damage. I got rid of it after that.
A car back in the age when American manufacturers were still trying to catch up to the Japanese; I think it even still had a carburetor rather than fuel injection. My example wasn't reliable, and I wouldn't buy one again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd August, 2015
30th Aug 2015, 03:18
Yes it had a carburetor, and the vehicle as a whole was not terribly reliable. That would come with time.
1st Sep 2015, 17:18
A carburetor was the norm in 1984, other than in some luxury cars. Most Hondas had carburetors through the very early 1990s, and many other Japanese makes had them through the late 1980s. Carburetors really weren't such a horrible thing.