1987 Dodge Daytona Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1987 Dodge Daytona Base 2.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carMercury Lynx

Summary:

A worthy used car

Faults:

Replaced camshaft and timing belt ($500) to eliminate engine noise/wear.

Valve cover gaskets tend to leak, camshafts wear, engine life expectancy is < 160,000 miles.

Electrical problems are common with these cars, a work connection on the dash headlight switch caused my pop-up lights to not work.

General Comments:

I wouldn't have bought one new, but this is my second Daytona and they are fantastic as a (cheap) used car.

The car is geared aggressively, generally low-maintenance, and very good on gas.

It has the most comfortable seats of any car I've ever been in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2002

1987 Dodge Daytona Pacifica 2.2 turbo I from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo I Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

A very fast and economical bargain

Faults:

Two of the front tires were bald and were later replaced.

General Comments:

This car may be from the 1980's, but the design is still up to date with most of todays vehicles.

This is a very fast car. The 2.2 Liter Turbo One does this car a lot of justice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2002

2nd Feb 2005, 10:39

I am glad that you like the Shelby Z so much. I own the '87 Turbo II model and it is one of the fastest stock cars in my whole town.

1987 Dodge Daytona Base 2.5L Inline 4 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5L Inline 4 cylinder. Manual
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

30 mpg no matter how hard you beat on it

Faults:

Pop-up light motors burned out.

Clutch needs replacing.

Door handles don't work from the outside.

Completely replaced stereo system.

General Comments:

I am very surprised that the car has held up so well, considering my teenage abuse that I have put on it.

This car is quick for a 4 banger. One day I got it up to 105!

I currently drive a Jeep, but I still own this car and plan to repair and fix it up for the summer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2002

1987 Dodge Daytona Shelby 2.2 turbo intercooled from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo intercooled Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired177000 miles
Most recent distance182000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Inexpensive Honda eater!

Faults:

Head gasket went at around 100,000 miles, but this is to be expected with a high mileage car with an aluminum head.

The A555 Getrag transmission was rebuilt at 90,000 miles because a less than intelligent mechanic didn't use the specified 5w30 oil in the gear case.

The paint on all mid 80's era Dodge cars loses its clear coat, but hey - you expect paint to last 15 years? Really tho, the Chrysler Corp 80's paint left a bit to be desired.

With regular service as advised by the owners manual, this car has lasted for 180,000 miles so far. No rod knocks, compression is still good, and I smoke those rice imports with no problem.

One mistake people make with these cars - make sure the turbo has a chance to cool before you shut the car down. I idle the car for at least 15-20 seconds to let coolant and oil flow through the turbo before shutdown, or up to a minute after a hard run. This saves the turbocharger bearings, and has helped my turbo to last 180,000 miles plus.

Who says only Japanese cars can last?

General Comments:

These cars are becoming more and more rare, with parts becoming a bit difficult to locate. If you don't have a bit of mechanical aptitude, look elsewhere. G bodies are incredible performance cars with lots of possibilities.

I love my mini Mopar, and take good care of her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2002

1987 Dodge Daytona Pacifica 2.2 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance93400 miles
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

Fast, reliable, great on gas and a real eye catcher!

Faults:

The head gasket was replaced before I got the car, but this is a common problem.

Just got a new transmission and CV joints, but I suspect the previous one went because of the previous owner.

No room in the back seat, but it's a sports car so it's to be expected.

General Comments:

I love this car!

Few cars can out accelerate or out-handle this Daytona, and it gets great gas mileage too!

The seats are the most comfortable car seats I've ever sat in and have power controls.

Digital dash, trip computer, T-tops for summer, and MANY options make this a great car to drive.

Looks great and really calls attention to you, especially with the t-tops off. All around a great car and I plan to keep it for a long time!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2002

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 15 reviews