1986 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z 2.2 Liter turbo 5 speed from North America
Domestics like this made Honda famous
Plastic trim fell off everywhere, inside and out.
Clutch failed 15,000 miles - couldn't shift into first at a traffic light without gear noise.
Brake rotors warped at 30,000 miles.
Transmission main shaft chattered when idling in neutral.
Steering rack failed at 33,000 miles.
Rear spoiler fell off in an automatic car wash.
This parts bin engineered pile of dung is basically a K-car with a souped up engine and a very fancy body. Most of the affair was bound together with double sided tape - inside and out. The balance of the interior was snapped together with plastic push pins.
Every trip through an automatic car wash sent me back to the bay to collect body parts torn off, then to the dealer for repairs. No body integrity at all. Any crack in the road set off a symphony of chirps, squeaks and rattles.
The engine ran very strong thanks to the turbocharger and Bosch fuel injection. The transmission, steering, suspension and brakes were junk. The car handled very well, but was extremely harsh over bumps.
Poorly built and not backed at all by the dealer or the factory. Nothing but lip service and excuses.
A few of the last faded survivors are still hobbling around, usually belching smoke.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th October, 2002
4th Oct 2003, 23:04
Stop using the automatic wash. They were made for lazy people who don't care about cars. All cars in 86 were put together with plastic and glue. Less weight saves on gas so says the gov. Go figure. I have a 86 turbo z c.s. I bought new and it is not perfect, but almost. Must be the owner. Take care of it and it will take care of you. Anything will fail with constant abuse. Ride those brakes threw the automatic and you will be picking up more parts and more rotors. Also I recommend you change the oil every 3000 miles not when the oil light comes on. Turbos hate dirty oil. Use synthetic if its in your budget. Won't a really falling apart 1986 pile of junk? Buy a camaro. The parts are cheaper or should I say less money.