2013 Dodge Dart Rallye 2.0 from North America
When I first purchased the vehicle, the inner tread on the front driver's tire was worn. Quickly replaced the tires with a better brand and had the vehicle aligned. The new tires have not shown wear yet.
The upper radiator hose had a small leak at its clic clamp. Found an appropriate sized constant tension spring clamp and that has seemed to solve that problem.
Brakes are starting to make some noise at around 50000 miles. Will definitely need some pads and maybe back rotors. They seem much more grooved than the front ones.
Front strut towers make popping/clicking noise when turning the wheel because of a crummy strut cap design that lets the windshield cowl drainage penetrate strut caps. There are updated version and part numbers of said caps. There's also a TSB about removing the water, cleaning them up and applying some Nye grease to the strut mount bushing. Some say it has worked, others it didn't. If I still own the car in a year or two, I will replace struts anyway as regular maintenance.
Plastic headlight covers already starting to dull. Will sand and clear coat them.
Plastic in the interior can scratch easily.
The car is a nice looking car, especially compared to others of the same class. The 2.0 is no hemi and the tranny flies through the first 3 gears; that takes some getting used to. It can tend to gear hunt on some hills, so I just downshift in manual mode for added power if that happens. In winter I get about 28 combined MPG and summer about 33 MPG. Considering I don't do much highway driving, maybe it can even increase a bit.
The powertrain moves the car around okay when you get used to it; remember it's an economy car that's easy on the eyes. Not a Dodge Charger. The sound system seems to be good in mine, I've had much worse. A/C blows nice and cold in summer... love the exhaust note on Rallye, believe it or not it sounds nice and raspy and not too much ricer for such a small engine. I've had a pretty good experience thus far, but time will tell!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th March, 2017