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).
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