1989 Dodge Aries Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1989 Dodge Aries LE 2.5 L I4 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 L I4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carnone none

Summary:

NICE bargain

Faults:

Computer of the car was burned, but it still ran. Gas mileage wasn't so good.

General Comments:

I loved the 5-speed, (rare) it had some power, and anyone that says that they are death traps is wrong; they are like tanks. I crashed my car into a rock face head-on after hitting a large rock on the road (which damaged the oil pan). There were 4 of us in there, but nobody was hurt. If it wasn't for the flat tire, I could have driven it home, so I'm fixing a new Aries now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

1989 Dodge Aries LE 2.2 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carDodge 600

Summary:

Good commuter, nice vintage car, but a bit slow

Faults:

Headlights are often dimmer than usual

Head gasket blew 2 months after I got the car.

Dash lights sometimes don't work.

Radio display flickers.

Slower engine and transmission.

Engine is noisy.

A/C does not work.

General Comments:

It's a slow, sluggish car, but it gets me to school and back in one piece. I like the boxy styling of it. Replaced my 1986 Dodge 600, which was totaled in a bad crash last winter. This was a former government automobile, got it for $720.00 in great shape, low miles, very clean, no rust. Interior is roomy (front at least) and clean. Runs good, but not great. Otherwise it's a true American classic, a true golden K car from a golden era.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2003

5th Jan 2006, 20:39

You should get your ground checked on that 1989 car. Headlights are often dimmer than usual. can be a bad ground.

1989 Dodge Aries LE 2.5L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance156000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

A good solid, economical car, with a bit of pep to it when needed

Faults:

Oxygen sensor quit around 100,000 km.

Constant Velocity (CV) joints are wearing out since it was first bought.

Seat belts do not retract, has been like this since I bought the car.

General Comments:

First of all, for the most part, this car is stock.

When it comes to performance, it's not a hot rod, but it is pretty quick! I like the 2.5L engine, better than both the 2.2L and the 2.6L. In my opinion, the 2.6L Mitsubishi engine is a piece of junk.

I personally prefer bucket seats up front as opposed to the bench.

When I bought the car, I didn't notice at first, but I think some person was messing with the odometer, and rolled it back some. If buying a car, make sure to watch for this. A good way of telling is to look at the odometer itself, and if the numbers do not line up in a row, then maybe look elsewhere for another vehicle, as the person (s) you are dealing with aren't being honest with you!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2001

1989 Dodge Aries LE 2.5, I-4 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5, I-4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired121000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carDodge Shadow

Summary:

Granny mobile!

Faults:

CV joint and headlight.

General Comments:

The Aries is a very good car to own. It is very reliable, while not very slow. It can't keep up with a Camaro though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2001

1989 Dodge Aries LE 2.6 Chrysler-Mitsubishi 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.6 Chrysler-Mitsubishi 4 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carChrysler Cirrus

Summary:

My dream car

Faults:

Brake system is shoddy.

Power steering gave out once, but it was repaired and works fine now.

General Comments:

This car is an excellent econo-box and despite the public opinion that K-cars are ass, many of my friends rather enjoy riding in it.

This baby gets around 25 MPG city, so I save LOTS of money on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2001

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 11 reviews