1990 Dodge Daytona ES 3.0L Mitsubishi from North America
The Monster in me
Makes me want to race young guys in their little cars.
I didn't know this about myself - that I am a raving, tire-smoke filled/roaring cabin loving, G monster of a Baby Boomer...
Not until I got this car.
I am one of those "Used To Own A Daytona" kind of blokes. The kind with fond memories (or, are they fantasies) of wild spurts of adrenaline mixed with testosterone as I watch various Lexus, Hondas and other shapely Asian imports shrinking in my mirror. This happened many times, usually after an innocent taunt on the highway, which is where the Daytona shines brightest: 4k - 5k.
I loved to slide ahead at highway speeds and up. It roars, then.
It was a bright "Dodge Green", which is a taunt in itself. Which is why I sold this gem only after three weeks. It was going to get me in trouble, this was clear. Too hot! Too sporty.
This review is more of an epitaph.
- The Mitsu 3.0L is incredibly strong, but not off the line.
- Savage, but manageable.
- Low, flat, it loves corners... you will lose your seat before it loses traction.
- Sexy, but low key.
- Total reliability.
- Tons of room.
- Comfy + cockpit.
- Designed to go up against the 944, which it did quite well.
This beauty from the past is an intersection of the best that Detroit had to offer in those days. And, that is a lot.
I was lucky, I got the unit very cheap.
Knowing the potential of this car for me, I promptly traded it straight across for a 02 Durango. MUCH more like it, for my needs... and risk tolerance.
If you've got a line on one of these non-turbo scapegraces... grab it!
You'll never forget it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 22nd November, 2014