1988 Dodge Raider Sport 2.6 gasoline from Guatemala


An Outstanding match for the Guatemalan roads


I had to replace the valves soon after I got it.

I had to replace the front suspension, which was really difficult, since the mechanical parts of the suspension I bought them at a Mitsubishi dealer, but the Shocks are specific for that car.

It takes a long time for the engine to warm up, otherwise the engine will hesitate on acceleration and will consume a great deal of fuel.

General Comments:

I liked the car the moment I saw it, and knew right away that it was what I wanted. I have taken it to really rough places here in Guatemala, and it handles great.

Besides, it is very comfortable and easy to maneuver in the city. Perhaps the only problem right now is the high prices of fuel, which is forcing me to plan an engine change, I am thinking of a 2.8 turbo diesel inter-cooler engine, from a 1998 Mitsubishi Montero.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2004

6th Jun 2005, 14:13

HEY! I have a raider also... and it spends a lot of gasoline... if you find two diesel motors or if you know where I can get one I would be thankful.

My email is vgabaldon@gmail.com.

Thank you!

7th Jul 2009, 22:46

Hello my friend, I'm sorry I'm replying till today, but I failed to see your comment earlier. In the end I sold the vehicle (pity) and bought a Tercel, which disappointed me greatly. But if it's of any use for you, you can find nice used japanese motors here in Guatemala. Regards, keep well.

1989 Dodge Raider 2.6 from North America


The Best I have ever seen in it's class!!


When I first got it, two weeks later the transmission gears ripped out.

Blew a head-gasket at 185,320 miles.

Had to replace the starter at 125,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is great off road.

The Dodge Raider is very reliable and with good snow tires will go anytime in the winter.

However, I have three children, and the two door version is a little cramped for a family of five.

One of the best cars I have ever owned, and I have owned over 6 cars in ten years.

The bumpers aren't plastic they are actually metal.

Interior holds up extremely well.

The only real problem I have with the Raider is the fact that it is top heavy and any gusts of winds could flip it over quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2004

1988 Dodge Raider 2.0 I4 from North America


A great deal for the money invested


Carburetor went out, costing a pretty penny to replace.

Previous owner had to replace engine when working on carburetor, leaking anti-freeze into the engine.

General Comments:

For 200,000+ this vehicle has been running great.

It is a great Off-Road vehicle.

While good for around town driving it is not meant for highway driving (it has trouble getting up to 70-85mph).

One of the toughest little trucks I have driven.

A real head turner, often mistaken for a Land Rover Defender 90 or older Range Rover.

A little underpowered and expensive to fix, but well worth it all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2004

1988 Dodge Raider SUV 2.6L 4 cylinder from North America


Nearly impossible to kill


Let me just say that not a single thing went wrong with this vehicle for 13 years.

13 years after buying it, several costly things went wrong, but these were all caused by my own stupidity:

1. Alternator went.

2. Fan belt went.

3. Carburetor replaced.

4. Belts all replaced.

5. Major engine repairs.

6. Entire exhaust system replaced.

7. Catalytic converter replaced.

General Comments:

I bought this vehicle out-of-state for a cheap price to haul my boat with. I ended up using it nearly everyday, including offroading in it frequently.

Never had to take it to the garage (except regular maintenance) in 12 years.

At year 12 of ownership (2000), I stopped using it altogether and let in sit in my driveway... for 2 years. Of course, when I went to start it up in 2002, it wouldn't fire. Eventually had it towed to a garage, where they got it running again.

However, because I had let it sit for so long it had rusted underneath it and under the hood... this is when I started to do all the repairs I mentioned above.

It is still going strong today, and haven't had anything else go wrong with it since I got it repaired a year ago!

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

Review Date: 29th June, 2003