1991 Dodge Stealth R/T 3L V6 (non-turbo) from North America
Seriously worth checking out
Driver's side power window motor had to be replaced at 65,000 miles. Over $300 to repair.
The antennae stopped retracting at 70,000 miles, also $300 to fix.
The air conditioning compressor had to be replaced around 75,000/80,000 miles. More than $1500 to replace.
Both front axles had to be replaced around 120,000 miles.
Overdrive went out around 120,000 miles, but was able to still drive car without it. However, it was highly recommended by mechanic to fix - $1500 to $5000.
Car started smoking at idle around 145,000 miles, but switching to Mobil 1 synthetic oil cured that. However, was advised by mechanic that the valve seals were bad and would still need to be replaced. According to what I read on this, this is common for Mitsubishi (manufacturer who built the Stealth/3000GT).
Driver's side leather seat showed unusual wear and tear, thus continued tearing apart despite all efforts of treatment with leather care products before and after initial tearing.
Getting correct parts was a big problem for the dealer. They constantly ordered the incorrect parts partly due to their errors and by errors in the parts lists for this car. Took 4 tries (and 2 months) to finally get the correct front axles. They constantly ordered the incorrect belts even when I gave them the correct part numbers.
Paint quality was subject, especially on the hood as I had to constantly spot paint it due to chips in the paint.
Despite the problems listed above, I loved this car. I bought it used, but spoke with the previous owner before buying from used car lot. I wouldn't mind owning another one as a second car.
The car always got looks, even from drivers of Corvettes, Porsches, and even Ferraris.
The car was excellent in turns at highway speed and hunkered down on exit ramps and tight turns. Handling and maneuverability was awesome.
I loved the color. Mine was Firestorm Red. The only thing missing was a sunroof.
Mine was the R/T (non-turbo) but it was pretty quick and didn't do bad in the snow because it was front wheel drive, wide, and heavy.
The Dodge dealership was difficult to work with and I had to contact Chrysler a couple of times. It took them 10 days to replace my air conditioner compressor because they again ordered the wrong parts and took advantage of the time since I was out of town on vacation. Had to speak with the owner of the dealership.
Too bad this was a Mitsubishi instead of a full fledged MoPar and too bad the Dodge dealerships were so bad at working on the car. Interestingly, Mitsubishi dealerships refused to work on the Stealth. Although, according to what I read, Mitsubishi designed the mechanics, Dodge designed the outer shell and the interior. By far, the Stealth was much better looking than the 3000GT. But the 3000GT outsold the Stealth. Thusly, the Stealth was dropped a couple of years before the 3000 GT.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th December, 2002
9th Dec 2004, 01:28
I fully agree with your comments.
The mechanical failures (and timing) you experienced are consistent with my 1991 R/T. The driver's side window motor had a design flaw (crack on upper pulley) which broke and had to be replaced, replaced the power antenna, and just recently the overdrive stopped working (slips).
All that being said I love the car, the performance and the attention it attracts. I am having trouble parting with it.
In my view there is only one question worth asking and that is would I do it all over again?? With no hesitation - YES!!
22nd Feb 2006, 16:59
Follow up, I wrote earlier the car wouldn't start for several seconds, found out it was the clutch. Had fixed for less than $50. Now that I've had this car for several months, I decided to drop my Cierra off my insurance. I can't drive anything at this point except for my Stealth or I just don't feel right. Awesome car. Love it. It could die tommorrow and it will always be close to my heart.
14th Aug 2006, 08:57
I just bought a 93 Stealth ES pretty much the r/t without the body moldings, but the overdrive went out at 110,000 miles and the previous owner had the entire transmission replaced and it works wonderfully. Also the driver side window motor does need replaced and I'll get right on that.