1984 Dodge Diplomat SE 5.2 from North America


Genuine Non Materialistic Reliable American


Well where do I start? Everything that could go wrong went wrong with my biggest pile of not so nice words to use on this respectable website, and that's about my 2009 VW.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I just happened to come across this extremely well looked after antique from the 1980s when I was in between two minds as to buy a Japanese or Korean car to replace my German cash hungry wallet eater. I was almost going to part with say 7 to 8 grand of cash that I just cannot afford or even justify on spending on four wheels anymore. The Dodge was for sale by the son of the owner who was well into his nineties and no longer able to drive. He sold it to me for 1800 dollars The car is perfect condition with no rust anywhere on it, and the engine runs as sweet as the day it left the factory. It may be 35 years old and I have had it for the past 2 years, and hopefully for the next 20.

General Comments:

Rather this old relic than a not so green modern money burner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2019

27th Sep 2019, 10:30

Awesome car. Keep it in good condition and pass it on to the next generation.

Enjoy cruising in style and comfort.

3rd Oct 2019, 19:19

I had a Diplomat years ago, and it was damn good reliable car, apart from the gas tank pick up filter collapsing every 30 thousand miles or so. A lot of folks changed the spark control computer out, believing that was the reason for stalling and rough running, when in most cases all that was needed was a new filter stocking; you see it was intermittent enough to be given a wrong diagnosis. Now having said that, I am aware that the SCC was known to be problematic, but it never gave me any trouble in the 120 thousand miles of all kinds of driving conditions that I put it through.

Regular oil changes of quality oil along with Purolator Classic oil filters plus no hard driving should see you reach the quarter of a million mile mark relatively trouble free, which I did last year. Good luck with your Dodge; it's a rare sight nowadays.