1983 Dodge D50 Review

1983 Dodge D50 Sport 2.6 ltr. gas from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.6 ltr. gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles

Summary:

Super reliable, awesome handling, starting to show her age

Faults:

Body rust from working near fish docks and exposure to salt water.

Rust and accumulated dirt in fuel tank after 20 years.

Carburetor needs replacing after 140,000 miles.

Torque converter cracked, 125,000 miles, causing seal to leak transmission fluid.

Door seals starting to fail causing interior damage from moisture.

General Comments:

This truck, when new, handled like a sports car.

Motor has had excellent power up until carburetor problems.

At 6'4" there is not much extra interior space, but is not cramped.

More leg room than my 1989 Toyota truck.

After 20 years of regular oil changes and allowing the engine to warm up somewhat before driving I would not think twice to buy a new version if made available.

I have owned this truck since I was 16 so it has seen some hard use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2004

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review