1992 Dodge Spirit Base 2.5L 3 speed from North America


A good runabout for city and highway travel


Bent engine connecting rods at 189000kms; replaced with engine out of '95 Acclaim with 58000kms on the odometer. With second engine replaced head gasket at 233000kms total vehicle odometer.

Passenger seat back a little loose. Regular maintenance ie. radiator and cooling hoses, tune ups, muffler/exhaust/cat. converter.

A/C died three years ago. I had the freon removed and I removed the compressor and its' related hoses, belt, saving myself $780 (cheapest place that I could get to fix it), 45 pounds of weight and about 10-15hp!

Upgraded to 700 cold cranking amp battery for better winter starts (Canada eh).

General Comments:

Overall I have no major complaints about the car. If you haven't already, install wide mudflaps on the front (for sure!) and some on the rear of the vehicle. The bottom of my doors and jack points are starting to get quite rusty.

I especially like the low end torque. Although the 2.5 is only 100hp, it puts out a nice 135lb ft. of torque at low rpm's to haul 5 adults, a small trailer and a trunk full of camping equipment! Haven't had one problem with the suspension. The dealer installed new rear shocks before I bought the vehicle.

Due to safety reasons and excessive undercarriage rust the car no longer tows, so now I can increase my oil change intervals back up to 4500kms from 4000! right on!

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

Review Date: 13th April, 2003

1992 Dodge Spirit L4 from North America


A great economy car with a slight attitude


Needed an alternator at 100,000 miles.

Paint faded due to sitting outside.

General Comments:

The Spirit is great at fuel economy, and still picks itself up quick on the highway.

The suspension is great and provides a comfortable, quiet ride.

Other than the slight ticking sound of a normal Dodge motor, the car has a real quiet idle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2003

1992 Dodge Spirit 3.0 Liter V6 from North America


Great straight line car, wish it had a 5spd!


The alternator went out at about 125000 miles.

The fuse box is broken, causing the dome lights to not work. I have a jumper wire from one fuse to the next so the blower motor can get power.

Had an oil leak due to my mothers poor maintenance.

General Comments:

Very fast car for a 3 speed automatic, and 162000 miles. I used Marvel Mystery Oil, and the engine is like new. And I beat my friends 95 MX6 with a V6 5spd!

Very reliable, and easy to work on! Plenty of space under the hood, and oil changes could not be easier.

The handling is the worst part of the car. It has way too much body sway, and needs sway bars!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2002

1992 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5 turbo from North America


This is a great, fast, reliable, American car


Went through 2 alternators.

Had to replace the air conditioning compressor.

Have had to replace the clutch cable 2 times.

General Comments:

I think this is a great car, we have owned it for 10 years and over 200,000 miles that is good reliability. This cars has good acceleration and handles very well. Dodge rules!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2002

14th Jul 2002, 09:48

Damn, that is reliable! That kind of reliability is hard to beat! I don't even think my Volvo has been quite that reliable.

1992 Dodge Spirit 2.5L - 4 cylinder from North America


Very reliable and very economical car - THUMBS UP!


The fead gasket blew 5 times already - but I knew of this problem on Spirit's from day 1, so it was expected.

Nothing that has been out of the ordinary for a car with this mileage.

General Comments:

I have not had any major problems with my Spirit which I have considered out of the ordinary. With over 340,000 kms, I consider things like mufflers, brakes, timing belts, PCV valves, TPS sensors, oxygen sensors, spark plugs, you name it - all ordinary maintenance items to fix and replace.

I would love to chat with other Spirit owners about their problems and possible fixes, as I have owned this car from day one and have gone through every "maintenance" item that arises out of normal wear.

There is slight rust on the car, so if anyone knows a good private individual in the Toronto, Canada area that could get this problem fixed for me over the weekend or something, please let me know asap!


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2001

19th Aug 2002, 20:16

Just following up on my own posting. It is now a year later and she is still running.

Now have 360,000 kms!

Taking it in to repair some bad rust spots.

3rd Dec 2003, 20:59

Posting another follow-up. It is now December 2003.. she's still running, and now at 380,000 kms.

13th Apr 2005, 21:47

Posting another follow-up. The car now has 406,000 kms, still running strong. Tune-up done, engine still purrs nice. Here's to hitting 500K!