1986 Dodge Diplomat Salon Police Package 5.2 Liter from North America
Electrical malfunctions now and again, brakes got soft quickly.
Best cop car built! Will eat-up a 9C1 Caprice. Breakneck acceleration, intimidating presence on the road.
I bought this car from a friend my senior year of high school for $100 (yes, a complete running car for a bill). I put some money into it to make it roadworthy, and fell in love with it soon after. It was assigned to a police investigator and never saw active police duty (i.e, constant idling and high-speed pursuits).
The factory 318ci had been bored out to 360. This car could leave rubber for 50 yards. Everywhere I drove, other drivers got the hell out my way thinking I was a cop. The front-end styling of this car demands respect and no one ever pulled-out in front of me in traffic, which is priceless.
The brakes did get mushy pretty quickly due to the massive weight of the car.
Other than the cost of gas and brakes, I spent basically no $ on this. I was forced to get rid of it after it failed inspection (hole in frame). I still keep my eyes peeled for these, but I doubt I will ever find one again; especially not for 100 bucks. My advice: buy one. Mean machine...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2009
15th Jan 2009, 14:29
Ever since I got a Diplomat Salon cop car, I have seen at least ten. When I bought my car from a friend, also for a dollar, all I thought about was fixing it up all the time. It sure has been awesome.
20th Nov 2014, 13:48
You really believed anyone thought a 15+ year old Diplomat was a cop car?
Must have been all that "massive weight": 3588 lbs.
20th Nov 2014, 20:39
Diplomats aren't 15 years old, they're closer to 30 nowadays.
15th Dec 2014, 17:12
The car was 15 years old when the reviewer got it.
And if anyone "got the hell out of the way" when they saw it, it was not because they thought it was a "cop car". Rather, they saw a car being driven aggressively; it could have been a Chevette or Tercel for all that it mattered!
17th Dec 2014, 03:17
My dad bought a couple of detective interceptor unmarks with thirsty 440s in them. Paid around a grand each in the 70s. One he sold to a guy to tow his boat. To me these were more interesting. They had hasty repaints of poor quality. I recall it had a certified speedometer. I opened them up on a back road. These were real police cars before Chrysler sedans were downsized in performance with Diplomats. There's nothing like the sound of a 440 opened up on the road. In my state today we have had interesting police cars since. Including Mustangs and even SUVs.