1985 Dodge Aries Reviews

1985 Dodge Aries 4 door 2.2 electronic carburetor from Finland

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 electronic carburetor Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Caprice


Cheap commuter vehicle, an American Lada


Front shock absorbers worn out, normal wear, but they are McPherson type, so pretty expensive to change.

Electronic carburetor system is really complicated. Prefer -87 or newer with fuel injection. I had to replace it with an older type (1981-83).

Car is like a bulky Toyota with lower quality.

Sort of funny, small "big" car.

Power brake booster failed.

General Comments:

I did not like the front wheel drive and jumpy ride, that's why sold it.

Nowadays parts are quite hard to get. See also allpar.com.

After all, it's not so economical with the automatic transmission, despite its low weight and small size.

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

Review Date: 27th June, 2005

23rd Apr 2006, 19:59

How are the Aries' fast in any way, the 2.5L are so slow!!!

26th Dec 2007, 22:06

The Dodge Aries was one of the fastest, most fuel efficient family vehicles available in the 1980's...Its God's gift to Drivers! It also saved Chrysler from bankruptcy. For more info call me

****Jesse Goff****

(718) 234-7377.

1985 Dodge Aries GT[GREAT TRANSPORTATION] 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carDodge Aries


An excellent car


The head gasket was bad when I bought the car, but easy fix. replace both axles and coil springs. these are the best cars that anyone on a limited budget can own.

General Comments:

I have several of these cars and are passing them down to my kids. only fault with these cars was the dreaded 2.6 mitsubishi engine "stay clear of these engines." we are going to drop a 318 engine in one (after all there is a driveshaft hump in the floorboard) and we are going to make a pickup out of another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2003

1985 Dodge Aries SE 2.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance162000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta


Great get me around the town car


The belt tensioner broke at 160,000 miles. I made a new one in the shop at work.

I also replaced the driver side c/v axle with a used one from an 1987 Caravan.

General Comments:

This car is a great get me around town car. great gas mileage.

I bought the car from my uncle who used the car for a delivery business with no problems.

This car should reach well into 200,000 miles with scheduled maintenance.

The ac still works great. It has been converted to r134a refrigerant.

I also painted the car in my garage for 30 dollars.

It's roomy, but I could do without the rattles.

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

Review Date: 2nd December, 2002

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews