1989 Dodge Dynasty LE 3.3 from North America


Comfortable, but poorly designed


The problems with the car I had could be from the previous owner's lack of care.

Within the first day I had it, I had all the colors of smoke; black smoke, blue smoke and white smoke. The engine needed a complete rebuild, which cost me well over a grand in parts. Within two weeks of having the engine rebuilt, my transmission went out. It was stuck in second gear and would not move. That job cost me well over a grand. About the time I got it back from the shop, it wouldn't pass emissions, so, I had to replace the O2 sensor and had to have a new exhaust installed with catalytic converter. It still wouldn't pass. I had to plate my car at my grandfather's place where there was no emissions. After I had the exhaust replaced, my passenger side door speaker blew. I just disconnected the wire. I eventually replaced all the speakers because they all slowly went. Shortly after that, my heater core went in the middle of the winter. More money out of my pocket. The alignment was horrible, I had so much play in my steering. I had the car aligned and it wasn't even a month later, my car's steering was back the way it was before.

General Comments:

The car had decent acceleration. Definitely nothing to brag about. Let's face it, it looks like something and old lady would drive to church.

Seats are pretty comfortable. A lot of my friends preferred my car when it came to long trips to the clubs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd January, 2003

24th Aug 2004, 21:37

We bought the car brand new in 89. It has been a great car. It spent 10 years on country roads and handled the high mileage driving with no issues. As for the looks of the car, that was easily taken care of. Simple tint of the windows, $20 chrome hubcaps, and a killer stereo the car soon turned into a hot car for out son to have. It is a great car that offers a lot for a low price. They are reliable as long as you take care of it.

25th May 2011, 05:24

I bought my 89 Dynasty 2.5 base from a guy who retired from Chrysler and was a scrapper. I bought 2 cars from him for $330.00, sold the bother car to a foreign car salvage yard for $350.00. The Dynasty had a weak trans he said, which it did.

I drove it that way for a few months, bought a trans out of a 92 Alliance and had a Dodge mechanic put it in for $250.00. I'm still driving it over 3 years later. I have put a used A/C compressor on it and new axles in.

It now has some electrical problems that need to be fixed, but has used only slightly over a quart of oil the entire time I've owned it.

A GOOD car for the money. My 2 cents worth.


1989 Dodge Dynasty 3 litre V6 from North America


Comfortable, but had lots of bugs


Oil pump after 1 week.

Water pump at same time as oil pump.

Struts were weak.

Electronic transmission had habit of sticking in 2nd gear, it's an PCM (powertrain control module) problem.

General Comments:

This car had been used a lot for family travelling before I bought it, so it had a lot of miles on it. It seemed OK at first, but about a week after I got it, the oil pump went. The computer controlled gauges told me oil pressure was fine, but I knew something was wrong. 300 bucks, an oil pump and a water pump later I had it back. The motor was never the same after, it rattled and smoked, however, it didn't seem to affect the car much. The 3 litre Mitsubishi-built V6 in these cars were known for oil burning problems. It was plenty fast for a big comfortable car, and fuel mileage was quite good on the highway, I got around 28mpg consistently. The rear springs sagged a bit, I took it to a mechanic who told me this car had air springs originally and someone had replaced them with ordinary coils. The A/C never worked right. This car had an awesome sound system, the Infiniti 1 radio, one of the best stock radios I've listened to. This car was very comfortable, lovely seats, decent driving position, and it was nice and quiet on the road. If the mechanicals weren't so bad on it, I wouldn't have minded driving right across the country in it. If you can find one at a good price and all the running gear in in good shape, it may be a good car for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd May, 2002