1987 Dodge Raider 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Reliable on any terrain

Faults:

Choke and Float are a little sticky.

Replaced PCV valve at 175000 miles.

Replaced voltage regulator at 180000 miles.

Electric switch for back gate lock no longer functioning.

Some weather stripping deterioration.

Rust on bumpers and windshield wiper arms.

General Comments:

A very easy vehicle for a "shade tree mechanic" to work on, with simple, nicely laid out systems and plenty of room to turn wrenches under the hood. Just watch out for oil pooling in the skid plate after removing the oil filter, or you'll be smelling it later.

Incredibly reliable. Always starts, even in the middle of winter with 180,000 miles on the original engine.

Remarkable body integrity, with minimal rust on the original body, mainly confined to bumpers. And this is after being subjected to 15 years of Wisconsin's salt-laden winter roads.

Road handling, such as acceleration and cornering ability on the poor side, but this is more than compensated for by outstanding off-road performance. This vehicle has conquered jeep trails across the country, as well as enabling much field work to be accomplished in remote areas without the slightest hint of a problem.

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

Review Date: 30th November, 2002

1988 Dodge Raider SUV 2.6 from North America

Summary:

A tough offroad beast that nothing can stop

Faults:

The only problem I have had with the Raider is the limited slip rear.

I had to replace the gear lube and add slip modifier from the dealer.

General Comments:

The Raider is one well built SUV. It puts my old Bronco II to shame. I have taken the Raider places where no SUV should go and it has always pulled through like the beast that it is.

I would recommend a Raider for anyone who is looking for a heavy duty off road vehicle. It definitly beats any one of the new plastic SUV's on the road today. Including JEEP.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

1987 Dodge Raider 2.6 liter from North America

Faults:

After this truck was stolen I had to replace the engine. While I had it torn down I put in a new clutch, and water pump.

This little truck is very tough - watch out Chevy, Ford, and Dodge.

I've read reviews that people use oil after 100,000 miles. This is normal for any car of any make. 4x4's are going to break parts due to the pressures they are put through. I only wish that these Raiders were still made... p.s. I would buy a new one in an instant.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2002

14th Dec 2005, 00:19

They still make the Dodge Raider "Mitsubishi Montero". The U.S.A wouldn't allow foreign countries like Japan to import their vehicles under their own brand, so Dodge corporation made a deal with Mitsubishi so Dodge rename the Mitsubishi Montero to the Dodge Raider.

The Mitsubishi Montero's they make today have blended into the SUV market so much that they have lost their unique look for the main SUV look like Blazers, and Explorers. That makes them a lot harder to identify, than the 1987 to 1990 model style.

1988 Dodge Raider 2.6 gasoline from North America

Summary:

I love it!

Faults:

Starter at 119,000 and exhaust manifold (I think that is what it is called) at 91,000.

General Comments:

Awesome off road- I've made it through some serious stuff! bumper deep mud, seemingly vertical hills, and the way I drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2002

1989 Dodge Raider from North America

Summary:

A real work horse!!

Faults:

Oil pan has a big hole and I'm too cheap to replace it !

Gas tank has a hole at the top.

Clutch blew last year.

Engine is getting old.

Transmission will go soon.

General Comments:

I love this truck. I know it wasn't a good choice for a first vehicle because it needs constant repair and has no air bags or working seat belts, but it has such personality that I fell in love the first time I saw one. I hate it when the Raider gets compared to the Isuzu. ugh.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2002

22nd Aug 2012, 07:33

MY 1988 Dodge Raider had a hole in the oil pan also. I got a large pop rivet, drilled the hole round and squeezed the rivet in tightly. Oil doesn't leak anymore. Drill must be the correct size for the pop rivet.

Roman Fonddulac, WI.