8th Dec 2000, 09:50

The only thing that I have to replace is the transmission so far. Other than that I had no problems, I still have my A/C! Great car except for the tranny!

16th Mar 2001, 21:13

My 89 Daytona has 225,000 miles and I've only replaced the engine once. Have never touched the transmission. except for the clutch once. Maybe you should have tried a different shop.

7th Apr 2001, 00:00

My 90 daytona has been a great car. I've put 40,000 miles on it bringing it to 195,000. The engine just now went to crap. Still has the original clutch and tranny, though both will be done with the engine. I think either you drive rough, or you need to find a new service station.

20th Apr 2001, 22:47

I love my 89 Daytona Shelby, check this out... almost 300 thousand k's on it and it can still school a 5L mustang and keep up with many other cars with big V8's in them. and I have had No prolems with the car, other than my clutch is slipping {because of spinning the tires wrong when I first got the car}.

19th Jun 2001, 06:15

I have a 1989 Dodge Daytona 2.5 liter auto. The tranny went on it.

Other than that the car is great. The motor on this thing is unstoppable. It now has 113 thousand, and still runs as good as the day it was made. The thing I find funny on the complaints is that the clutch stuck to the floor is not the cars fault, the service station messed up. Along with the brakes. And if the car is a standard as you say it is, then it wouldn't jump going into 2nd gear, that is an automatic transmission problem. I think you are just hard on the car.

8th Sep 2001, 19:28

It sounds like you had the wrong person repairing the car. A car is only as good as the care the owner gives it... and part of that is using a top notch quality mechanic.

13th Aug 2002, 10:33

I love my 1988 Daytona. It's the 2.5L engine and although underpowered compared to its turbo brothers.. at 99hp it will still beat most 115hp cars and even some V6's! I've had no trouble with the 5-speed transmission or the engine.. Its quiet because I've been using good oil and filters in it since I bought it and you can't kill those 4-cylinders! They are the toughest/most reliable 4's out there even today! The only complaints I have about this car.. the poor/peeling/fading paint and the wiring... but hey.. the car's 14 years old.. nothing lasts forever!

27th Oct 2002, 21:26

I just got an 87 Daytona, for $100. I've only had to do a few things to it, the person who owned it before me had a fender bender with it. I have no complaints. My father and I are slowly getting more and more out of it, for now he's going to change the compression so I get some more power, until he drops a v8 in it, he says it's possible. We just got ground fx for it, and a few other things to it. I wonder if anyone else had put a v8 in their's and had and comments on it.

16th Jan 2008, 16:06

My Daytona now has 323,700 kms and I have never replaced the engine or tranny. Clutch went once because we taught a new standard driver. Otherwise if you keep up with the maintenance schedual they will last forever. The car is 19 years old and will probably get another 100,000k outta her. Buy a Daytona if you know its been kept up.

7th Feb 2009, 08:02

I bought my 1989 Dodge Daytona ES in 1989 brand new, it has never been winter driven and has been stored every winter in a wooden non-heated shed.. it has not even seen the road in 5 years, but I just got it out and I am in the process of restoring it now -- it is 20 yrs old and with just a boost it started no problem..

The only major thing I ever had done to the car was change the timing belt..

I love my car. It is a 5 speed 2.5 Turbo -- it is a sleeper -- mostly men are extremely shocked when they realize how fast she really is...