1989 Dodge Daytona ES 2.5 4 cylinder from North America
All Show, No Go
The vehicles paint job has deteriorated badly The vehicle went through two sets of struts during the time I owned it The emergency brake cables went bad on the car. There were also problems with the poor quality of plastics on the interior, which lead to several busted out screw holes.
This vehicle looked impressive when I first saw it. But time and experience proved otherwise. The car is underpowered for its appearence and not always easy to drive with a manual transmission. The ground effects look impressive, but run aground when pulling out of driveways very easily. These ground effects also trap dirt and debris behind them which leads to serious rust. Also this was one of the first years for base coat/clear coat and it's obvious that they weren't experienced judging by the way the two layers separated and flaked off.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2004
I agree that the TBI 2.2 and 2.5 were underpowered.
But the turbo 2.2 and 2.5 were not underpowered at all.
In fact for the times, when V-8 motors were altered for fuel economy, these 4 bangers were able to beat many of them on the road. The handline of the Shelby versions were premium.
If you have a turbo version and it doesn't have the up and go, there is something wrong with the car. Since it is an old car, I am not surprised.