1989 Dodge Dynasty Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1989 Dodge Dynasty 3.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 kilometres
Most recent distance136000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Aries

Summary:

A family sedan that's also a tough work horse

Faults:

Rear brake cylinders gave out at 123,000 km's. These cost about $300 to have fixed.

Distributor cracked at 125,000 km's. This cost around $220 to fix.

The exhaust smells acrid. It's done this since I bought it, and I don't know what causes it to do that.

Front passenger window won't roll down. Front driver's side window getting harder and harder to roll down as well.

Camshaft seal busted at 131,000 km's. I don't remember how much it was to get this fixed, but it was a lot.

The car needed a new gas tank at 133,000 km's. Old one rusted out.

The car is hard to start when it has been sitting for a while. This is another problem I have not remedied yet.

Water pump quit at 135,000 km's. Over $200 to replace.

More recently, the speedometer has decided to work when it wants to.

General Comments:

All in all, I think the Dynasty is a great car regardless of it's few little character flaws. I only paid $2K for it, so what more could I ask for? It's actually made as a Chrysler Dynasty in Canada. I use it for delivering pizza, a job that in this northern Canadian climate can wreak havoc on a vehicle. It has endured freezing temperatures in winter, scorching heat in the summer, frostheaves, potholes and a whole host of other hazards. It has served me well. Although the 3.0L V6 has lousy fuel mileage in town, it gets the job done on the highway. I would like to get a Sprint for my delivery job and keep the Dynasty for highway driving. It's comfortable, powerful, and has LOTS of room. I also like the bright green instrumentation lighting since I do most of my driving after dark. The green lighting makes the instruments very easy to read after dark.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2002

1989 Dodge Dynasty STD 2.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60800 miles
Most recent distance62600 miles
Previous carPlymouth Grand Voyager

Summary:

A great deal!!!

Faults:

1 speaker blew out in the first few weeks I had it.

Rear view mirror had fallen down before I bought it.

The hood paint is in bad shape... again before I bought it.

General Comments:

With all little things that are wrong I don't think I was ripped off for only paying $1200.

It has a huge trunk, I'm a high schooler and I play Tuba in the band. I can fit my entire Tuba in my trunk plus 4 backpacks.

The car's no street machine, but it gets me where I need to be with pretty good gas mileage and plenty of room for friends... it's just slow as all else!!!

It has room for a great stereo 6*9's in the back, 5.25 in the front doors, and 3.5 in the dash. I'm going to put tweeter's in there though :)

All I say is find one with a bigger engine if you want some speed!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2001

7th Nov 2002, 14:01

He never mentioned the size of the engine or the mileage at time of purchase. Also I would like to have known if anything was replaced during or before he owned it. Just to get a general idea of what to look for or be aware of.

1989 Dodge Dynasty 2.5 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance153980 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Best luxury sedan for the money

Faults:

Fuel injector at 120,000 miles.

Computer at 120,000 miles.

Coolant temperature sensor at 142,000 miles.

Transmission at 146,000 miles.

CV shafts at 148,000 miles.

Air conditioning compressor at 149,000 miles.

General Comments:

I love this car despite the 2.5 liter being slow at times, it has good pickup and go power off the line, but the top end speed makes you feel slow.

The car makes good gas mileage, I estimate I get 33-38 miles per gallon, but a more accurate recording is 300 miles on a 14 gallon tank.

I got this car in battered shape, and didn't plan on keeping it very long, it certainly has changed my mind, I wouldn't get rid of it for nothing now.

The seats feel soft and luxurious, and they have a high quality look to them too.

I love its reliability, when it got below 0, my truck wouldn't start, my Dynasty was on empty and I thought for sure the gas would have froze. I got in, turned the key, and it fired right up without hesitation.

The engine seems tough for what it is. One day the radiator hose came loose and the car lost a lot of coolant. I drove it for an hour or so on the H mark, got it home, let it cool and started it up after making the repairs. It still acts like nothing ever happened.

Simply put I love my Dodge, I would buy another Dynasty in a heartbeat, they look good, perform good, and even the base model makes you feel like you have style and money. Forget it's rivals, they couldn't handle me like this car can.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2001

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews