1988 Dodge Aries LE 2.4 liter from North America
The Dodge Aries is and will continue to be a great vehicle
When I first obtained the car, it needed a new fan motor for the radiator, and the internal fans for the AC/heater were clogged with debris built up over the years. Since then it has a small transmission fluid leak (which was easily fixed by tightening some hoses) and a brake fluid leak caused by a worn out wheel cylinder (which was easily replaced during a brake change).
The car is solid. No fiberglass panels!
The seats are pretty rigid and uncomfortable for long drives.
Age has worn on the shocks so the ride isn't as smooth as a newer car.
It may sound funny, but I absolutely love the steering wheel; it's large and easy to grip.
I like the bench front seat, which allows me plenty of leg and elbow room. It also makes for a streamlined dashboard.
The glovebox is relatively small.
The car gets decent MPG (I've been calculating every fill up since purchase). I've been averaging 22-24 MPG for my daily commute.
The vehicle has a LARGE trunk space.
All in all I'm happy with my Aries.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 22nd April, 2016
22nd Apr 2016, 21:55
2.4 liter? Somebody put an engine out of an Avenger in it?
24th Apr 2016, 01:47
There is an 88 Aries wagon with only 83,000km original for sale in my local Craigslist car classifieds.
I almost went and bought it. It looks like a brand new 1988 vehicle. Will probably run as long as buying a brand new 2016 vehicle. Too many design flaws in new cars these days.
I just looked again today and the 88 wagon is still for sale on Van BC Craigslist. If I had unlimited storage I'd sell my 97 Civic HB and go buy the Aries as my secondary car. Where else can you buy a like-new 88 classic car for only $800 asking price? I bet they'd take $600 or even $500 at this point. A brand newish classic car for 500 or 600 bucks... it is only going to go up in value.