1988 Dodge Diplomat Salon AHB Police 5.2L 318 cid from North America
Last of the great Mopar squads
When I got it I never even had it checked out mechanically, I just looked under the hood and at the body, realized it needed a paint job, and said yes.
Since then, it has needed:
Main rear oil seal (leaking)
Freeze plugs (weeping)
Water pump (leaking, toast)
Timing chain (two inches of slack)
Front brake rotors
Front brake calipers
Pinion seal (leaking)
Emergency brake cable replaced.
R&R motor and:
Clean motor (layers of oil and grime)
Cylinder heads resurfaced (leaking)
Carb adjust (thermostatic spring)
Rear brake drums resurfaced
Rear view mirror fungus
Driver's side door hinge that must be lubed with motor every few months
Some slightly sloppy trim fitting
A great and underrated automobile. Dependable motor, tough, durable, reliable, comfortable, powerful, utilitarian, classic. Great seats. Great lines. Smooth, firm and comfortable ride.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd July, 2004
I have made the unfortunate and costly mistake of buying two 1988 Dodge Diplomats. None of them was worth the gas I put in them or the air the things sucked in. I do not mean to insult anyone's opinion of this "masterpiece" or "fine road car" as it has been put. But PLEASE, spare me the nostalgia. Does Dodge somehow brain-wash its customers into thinking this is a quality automobile.
My Diplomats cost me triple what I paid for them just to make them inspection worthy. I learned my lesson the hard way. I'm just trying to protect my fellow car buyer.
I just don't get it. The guy writes a paragraph or two about how wonderful the car is. Then goes on with pride about how work $$$ was needed to get it up to par. (Sounds like he had to dump thousands into the car). Next thing you know, he's singing its praises again.