Before I purchased this vehicle at 116,000 miles, there were a ton of problems, but I will only list the ones I experienced.
- The first problems I noticed was an electrical problem, that caused the mileage and tachometer to turn on and off randomly.
- It also had a problem with one of the doors so it was always "open," causing the interior lights to sit on constantly, unless I shut them off altogether.
- Lastly, the horn didn't work at all.
- A few weeks after purchasing, the timing belt broke, taking out all my pistons, etc, so I had a rebuilt engine put in. Cost $700.00 from a friend mechanic.
This is when the trouble started:
- The car then ran for a couple more months, but would randomly die, losing all power, including power steering, making it almost impossible to pull over.
- We had the crank sensor replaced twice, to no avail. $300.00.
- We had the front brakes replaced because they were ground right down to the rotors. $200.00.
- We continued to have the dying problem, sometimes including a check engine light and the cruise control turning on and off by itself, and it would never pull any codes or even break down for our mechanic.
- We eventually brought it to the Dodge dealership, which they said we needed a new timing belt (again!) and a new battery. Cost: $750.00.
- They then decided it was the computer (our suggestion), so they replaced the computer and ALL the wiring in the car engine for free.
- It needed an inspection, but didn't pass, so they had to keep adjusting the computer until it would pass. They replaced the horn for $16.00.
- The problem still continued, so we had a co-pilot installed, as even the dealer had no trouble with the car - it only seemed to break down for us.
- When the car broke down, the co pilot recorded information on the engine, and it seemed to be a fuel problem. The dealership ran tons of tests, but could not find any trouble with the fuel, so they sent the results to Chrysler to get their opinion, but never heard back. They suggested we replace the fuel pump for $350.00, but instead we sold the car.
I purchased this car for $1,575.00 and sold it for 1,000.00. Not only did I not get back what I paid, but I put in more money than the car was even worth (a quote on Nada.com put it as 1,700.00).
The car was completely unreliable, and for every week that we drove it, it spend 2 weeks at a repair shop.
I owned the car for 14 months, and only got 3 solid months and 15,000 miles of reliable driving out of it.
The only good things about the car were:
Roomy and comfortable.
Drove nicely, when it drove.
Good gas mileage, when it ran enough to put gas in it.
My last car was a 1989 Dodge Ram 50 that I got for like 900 bucks, and that was a blast to drive. However, it also had engine trouble, telling me that Chrysler-Dodge is not a reliable company to buy from.