1973 Dodge Dart Review

1973 Dodge Dart Dodge "Sport" 340 340 from North America

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1973
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 340 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired900 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevelle


A beast that got no respect!


Nothing major has ever gone wrong with the car. Had to replace oil pan and valve cover gaskets in 1997.

General Comments:

Purchased this car new in Memphis Tn in the spring of 1973. Back in those days it was known as a "fast" car, but did not get the same respect as a Cuda or Challenger, but could easily blow the doors off a 1973 Corvette and other so called muscle cars of the period. I sold the car to my brother in 1982 and he had it under lock and key in a garage until I purchased it back from him in 1997. The car has the original paint which is chocolate brown with a black stripe down the side, it came from the factory with a functioning (Black) snorkel hood scoop, 4 speed transmission, posi-rear and a 340. I been told it is a rare car with less than 200 made like the one I own... I did have on offer of $18,000 from one fellow at a local car show, but refused. My son loves the car and one day it will be his, he remembers riding in it when he was a child. I am 64 now and would never sell the car it brings back memories of my youth.

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

Review Date: 8th October, 2007

9th Oct 2007, 01:59

These particular cars are indeed long-lasting! I bought one in 1996 with a 318 and a transmission that simply would not quit. I eventually sold it to a collector for $3000 still running in 2005, and have regretted it ever since. Why Dodge does not make cars like this anymore is anyone's guess. Perhaps longevity coupled with simple easy-to-maintain components demand a hefty premium nowadays.

3rd May 2008, 17:15

I agree. In the late 60's through the 70's, Chrysler made the best engines and transmissions, and had the best styling. There is nothing else like an old Mopar, and I was a hardcore fan. I don't know what happened to them, but I didn't feel like they had anything to offer me for about 30 years, since 1975. The Chrysler 300 is appealing, as is the Charger (if you ignore the name on a 4-door), and I'm anticipating seeing the first Challenger on the road.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 1 review