8th May 2009, 11:40
OK, I have a 1991 Dodge Stealth. It has 141,000 and the ticking is pretty loud. I've tried a couple things and the ticking still won't leave us alone. Some mechanic put 15w-30 diesel oil for like RV's, and clicking when away, but I don't know, I didn't really feel comfortable using that oil. The last time I did the oil change I used 10 40 oil for high mileage cars, and nothing.
I have not knowledge on the history of this car. My brother purchased the car through an auction a couple of years ago. The only problems I've had are the clutch clown cylinder and the brake master cylinder. Also the driver side window got busted and the suspension sucks, but the car is cool. I love it, and if anyone has any tips on how I could get the ticking to go away, please tell me.
Oh and if anyone has information on where to purchase the original rims, please notify me ASAP. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh and any tips on how my car could stop burning the oil.
2nd Apr 2011, 17:08
I am the original owner of a 92 Stealth RT (non Turbo). Other than replacing wear items (brakes, tires, tires and more tires - high performance, low mileage tires go fast LOL)), I have replaced the clutch three times (yes, it's a standard transmission) and the transmission twice. I also spent around 5K to rebuild the motor. Keep in mind the car has 235000 miles on it now.
The leather interior needs replacing at this time, and the dash has started to dry rot. Sure wish I had room in the garage for it, but the Vette's took both stalls (so I blame myself for the dash).
All in all, I would say it has been a great car with above expected performance, and to be honest, I prefer the ride over the Corvette.
18th Jun 2012, 19:30
My Stealth is doing the same thing you got fixed..
"I had to fix the transmission twice for the same problem (would not shift out of second gear, causing it to be a bit sluggish on take-off and caused the car to run very high RPMs during driving), costing around $1,200 the first time and around $800 the second time."
Did they tell you what was replaced to fix this? I really don't want to give up this car, and my husband and son are both "car guys" that have replaced a multitude of parts. Can you please tell me what they fixed on yours before you got rid of it?
20th Jun 2012, 01:06
I REALLY like the look and driving feel of the Stealth/3000 GT. After two decades, they still look hot and fast, and for a design to stay so fresh is very unusual in the automotive world.
I would have bought one, but I'm too wary of the reliability. I've known a few people with these, and they've all had pretty much the same issues described here. Of course, most of the failures are not due to the quality of the car, but instead are due to age. With these cars approaching 20 years old, it's no surprise when expensive parts start to go. But if I had a little extra money in the bank, I would definitely get one with the turbo and AWD.
Hope you enjoy your ride!!
20th May 2015, 22:38
Would you consider the engine tick to be kinda normal then? I'm going to check out a 91 twin turbo, and the current owner says it makes a tapping noise. It only has 75,000 miles on it.
29th Oct 2015, 00:01
The first generation hydraulic lifters have a 1 mm hole for oil to pass through. The new lifters have a 3 mm hole for oil to pass through, and that gets rid of the tapping noise.
17th Nov 2015, 23:46
Thicker oil isn't the answer... they have narrow passages... thinner oil will lubricate it far more effectively... 5-20 or 5-30 and a Mitsu filter.
5th Feb 2016, 16:37
I have recently purchased a 1991 Stealth RT TT. I had a clicking noise that was behind the radio. I was lucky and was able to diagnose myself as the ECU after a great deal of research. I had the ECU rebuilt and installed it. It ran great for 20 days exactly. On the way home the clicks started behind the radio and now the same exact situation with the ECU. It's under warranty unless something else is making it go bad other than the 3 capacitors that leaked initially to make it go bad. I don't know what to do now. I've sent the ECU back to the company that rebuilt it. Do you have any ideas or information?