1989 Dodge Raider 3.0 Liter from North America


A reliable, rugged vehicle


Actually, very little has gone wrong. The fuel pump required replacement about 127,000 miles.

The starter was rebuilt near 198,000 miles.

A water leak required the replacement of the lower plenum gasket at 211,000 miles. Also, replaced the water pump just for surety.

And the only major item to fail was the transmission input shaft bearing that failed recently at 231,000.

General Comments:

A very reliable vehicle that consistently outperforms the Ford SUVs that I own or owned.

The Raider performs well off-road in the most tortuous environments (Black Bear, Imogene, Mosquito, Schofield, Hermit Passes, Colorado).

Snow is no impediment to this vehicle.

It rides a little better than a hay wagon, but it is designed for off-road performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2001

1988 Dodge Raider 2.6 L from North America


This car is a tank!


There have been no major problems with the car, just the usual maintenance that any car would need.

General Comments:

This car is a beast on and off the road.

It has such character and presence on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2001

1988 Dodge Raider from North America


A very good snow runner


My fuel pump went at 115,495.

Fuel filter at 115,000.

My carberator was bad when I bought it and had many after that.

The oil pump went 154,000.

Rod bearings went at the same time and the crankshaft got worn down.

General Comments:

The body is a very shiny red so that is good.

Very soft inside and nice.

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

Review Date: 1st September, 2001

1989 Dodge Raider 3.0 V6 from North America


The Raider is a classic looking SUV that can last you a long time


My rear oil seal had to be replaced along with the timing belt.

Water pump went at about 125,000 miles.

A/C has been replaced, which cost about $500.

Transmission downshift cable need to be replaced a few times before they fixed it right.

General Comments:

The Dodge Raider, all in all, has been a great vehicle. Mine has had its share of problems, expensive problems at that, but the truck is an import and parts aren't cheap! People have to realize that this is a truck and not a car. I have the same pair of brakes on this thing and have had no problems! Don't drive it like a car, it's not a new SUV. It's a classic and more durable one, not a plastic bumper looking SUV like the new ones today.

All in all, it consistently beats Jeeps off-roading and has a much stronger engine if you have the 3.0 V6. I have 134,000 miles on it and it still runs and looks brand new. I get more head turns on the highway than if I had a PT Cruiser!

I have paid for my share of repairs, but you can never break even on repairs for a truck that is over 10 years old. Some of the comments on this truck are way too harsh, considering how old this truck is.

In conclusion, it's a great, durable truck and if you do all the maintenance work, it will last you over 250,000 miles, maybe more from what I have heard from other owners. It runs and looks like no other 2 door SUV on the road. I'll take my Raider over a crappy, plastic looking Toyota Rav4, Honda CRV, or Ford Escape any day.

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

Review Date: 11th August, 2001

7th Aug 2003, 18:30

I have a 1989 Dodge Raider, V6 automatic. I bought the car from the original owner knowing the car has a problem. Occasionally, it will not start. The previous owner and I have tried the logical ideas (i.e. plugs, wires, distributor), but the problems still exists. It turns over, but will not start. After 10-30 minutes., it will usually start. Have you had this problem? If so, do you know the cause? E-mail me at copper@wctc.net Thank you.

1989 Dodge Raider 3.0L from North America


This thing sucks


First of all, the Dodge Raider is a piece of junk.

The first thing to go was the brakes.

After that, the harmonic balancer pulley went.

The passenger side door won't even close now.

I have had it with this crappy truck, I'm getting rid of it as soon as possible. I feel sorry for any people who buy these things, because they really suck. I had a Ford Mustang before I bought this piece of crap, and it was a lot better. I will never buy another Dodge ever again. The total repairs for the moving piece of crap cost me over $1000! Screw Dodge, it's the last time I ever deal with them again!

General Comments:

A big piece of junk!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th July, 2001

11th Aug 2001, 15:52

The Dodge Raider does not suck and is not a piece of junk. People consistently get over 200,000 miles on these engines alone.

I have had my share of repairs, but the 3.0 V6 runs as good as new. I have had no problems with pulleys, doors not shutting or major engine repairs. Sounds like your truck is just possessed.

Sorry, but check out most entries and you'll see the Raider comes out on top. It may be expensive to upkeep and find parts for, but it is well worth the experience!