1987 Dodge Diplomat Reviews

1987 Dodge Diplomat Salon 318 V8 (5.2L) from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 318 V8 (5.2L) Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Excellent road trip/daily driver vehicle

Faults:

I replaced all shocks, re-manufactured alternator, new 4 barrel holly carb., new battery, and new brakes drums/rotors.

General Comments:

It is one of the most reliable cars I've owned, I drove it up Mt Washington and I've taken it into NYC many times. I would drive it across the country if I had the time. I've put over 25000 miles on it in the 1 year I've had it.

The only thing negative about the car is the gas mileage, but that was understood when I purchased it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2010

1987 Dodge Diplomat Salon 5.2 (318) V8, 4 bbl carb from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.2 (318) V8, 4 bbl carb Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired499000 miles
Most recent distance509000 miles

Summary:

One of the most reliable cars I've had, phenomenal when you consider the mileage.

Faults:

The car had a bad battery when I purchased it, which is more the fault of the previous owner than of the car.

General Comments:

The car has no problem doing freeway speeds and much faster.

However, every time you depress the accelerator pedal, you can almost hear cash registers ringing up another high-dollar fuel sale. Gas mileage is between 15 and 20, usually closer to 15.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2008

1987 Dodge Diplomat SE 5.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Comfortable car with bad gas mileage

Faults:

Fuel pump died.

Fuel lines rusted out.

AC was dead when I got the car.

Drivers side window does not work.

Alignment impossible to keep for more than 600 miles.

Carburator was dead when purchased vehicle.

Timing impossible to keep right.

General Comments:

This car is very over powered for its size, on wet roads it slides all over the place while accelerating.

This particular car was plagued with problems because the previous owner did not take care of it.

It gets very poor gas mileage, which the way gas prices are now is a bad thing.

It does have a comfortable ride and has a lot of foot room and cargo space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2003

2nd Dec 2003, 10:48

Change the timing chain, and the O2 sensor. you will get 18 city, 23 highway.

9th Nov 2004, 09:17

Get a new car! make it a ford.

27th Jul 2006, 20:23

Bad gas mileage? Not for a V-8... especially one hooked to 3-speed automatic transmission. The problem is the 18 gallon fuel tank (too small for both the engine and body)

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews