1989 Dodge Spirit Base LE I think 2.5 TBI (Throttle Body Injection) from North America
Cheap, reliable, comfortable and economic
The foam filler inside the rear bumper had to be replaced at time of safety.
The speed sensor on the transmission had to be replaced for safety.
Two days after the car was put on the road, about half the flywheel's teeth broke off while passing a car. $750 repair with towing.
The heater control unit had to be replaced, a friend pressed in all four buttons. $22 for a used one from a local shop.
Leaks oil about a quart every week or so.
Needed new spark plug wires.
Cruise control works after holding the switch for five minutes.
Had to replace the radio three times. Luckily a friend had several radios from Dodge Spirits, so I didn't have to pay for them.
Two out of four speakers are blown.
Part of the Spirit badge fell off the trunk lid.
Paint is peeling.
Just about every spring, button, and switch is worn out.
All four struts need to be replaced.
The head lights are horrible.
This car is as basic as it gets; column shift, cloth bench seats, basic factory radio, manual windows and locks with no power options whatsoever.
The seats are comfortable for a 20 year old car.
The fully instrumented dashboard is a plus.
The heating system works quite well. The air conditioner was removed by the previous owners because it didn't work.
The fuel economy is exceptional for a car that is 20 years old about 850km per tank or just a bit less. My previous car got 650km on a full tank max.
The handling is good considering the age of the car and the current condition of the suspension.
With the proper snow tires, this is one of the best winter cars I have driven second to my previous car and a Dodge Grand Caravan that my mom had a few years ago.
The 2.5 TBI lacks power for passing, but keeps up with traffic quite well in the city and on the highway. You can almost spin the tires on dry pavement. I found the transmission a little weird at first, but that is because I am used to driving GM cars.
I am 20 years old, 5 foot 11 inches tall and 340lbs. I can get into and out of this car with ease, and it is comfortable for me to drive.
It isn't as comfortable, powerful or as good handling as my Grand Prix, but that car had to go since my dad hit a deer while driving it.
I frequently take this car to visit my friends that live about an hour and a half away, which is a 190km trip all the way around, and the car has taken me there and back many times without any trouble at all.
I would definitely recommend this car to anybody who is looking for affordable, basic transportation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th June, 2009