1989 Plymouth Acclaim Reviews

1989 Plymouth Acclaim 4 cylinder turbo from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired198000 miles
Most recent distance312000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

I love this car, and would gladly buy another

Faults:

The steering pressure hose needed to be replaced.

Brakes pads needed to be replaced, and we replaced the rotors while we were there.

The transmission was leaking very badly when I bought the car; it just needed a seal replaced.

Seats are starting to wear badly.

General Comments:

This car has been a great car for me, starts in the coldest winters.

Goes through the snow with no problem, even when 4 wheel drives get stuck.

She is ugly, but is still running and all the repairs have been easy, cheap fixes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2009

1989 Plymouth Acclaim LX 3.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Voyager

Summary:

The best car one can buy1

Faults:

My Faults in general.

1) One time when I changed the oil, the gasket did not come off with the oil filter, thus running it out of oil in less than 10 seconds. No damage was done.

2) Don't wash your car with a hose higher then 1,500 PSI. This year and model have had its trouble with the paint.

3) The power-steering pump went out at 168,000 at my own fault.

4) The dipstick for the power-steering fluid broke and started to rattle.

General Comments:

This car is the best car in the world! No kidding. If you want a real good car look into an older Acclaim. This was my first car, and even after I can afford a new car I will not give this car up. This car is very reliable. I have never been stuck on the side of the road. This car will get you anywhere you need to get. While some people frown on its styling, I really like it. It's simple and I like it simple. Also the gas mileage is awesome. I get about 42 MPG On the Hwy. Can't figure out why, but I am not complaining. This car is a good car in the snow. Although it does not have ABS it will come to a stop when you need it too. Over all I can't say enough good stuff about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2006

16th Dec 2006, 08:58

Honda Fit = Who Cares? These little Plymouths were reliable, economical cars.

16th Dec 2006, 13:20

Who cares? The Honda Fit has a four cylinder engine driving a car with less weight than the Acclaim, yet it can only achieve 38 mpg EPA highway. Add in the fact the Honda has a much more sophisticated engine (it has won awards), and the archaic Acclaim technology is suspect.

The Acclaim claim was proven bogus or a mistyping, unless the poster was coasting down an extremely long hill without touching the gas pedal.

1989 Plymouth Acclaim from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance141000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Trooper

Summary:

Cheap, ugly car with many faults, yet is reliable

Faults:

The brakes have always been soft, but have worn down very soon after I came into possession. The brakes are just bad all around.

The oil filter gets clogged very frequently.

The turn signal handle is very loose and has always been that way.

The engine is extremely loud, but the mechanic I take it to can't find anything wrong.

The engine light has gone off twice; when I took it in to the mechanic he said it was a faulty mechanism.

The heater doesn't work very well.

The automatic gear shifter is hard to get into reverse, and when in drive it is very easy to accidentally knock into neutral. If I were to try to change the radio and bumped the gear shift, it could quite possibly shift.

The hood is VERY difficult to open. It takes much effort and strength to pry open.

The gas door lever is also annoying. One has to lift it up to open the gas door, and then press the lever back down or else the door won't close. I have forgotten to press it back down, and the gas attendant (I live in Oregon where there is no self-serve) has to cram it closed. The door has broken numerous times and I have had to take my car key and pry it open.

It is difficult to get the right headlight in and out because the battery sits right behind it. The left light breaks frequently because I is equally difficult to screw it in all the way, and when driving the light bounces around and occasionally breaks so I have to replace it.

General Comments:

The seats are uncomfortably low in relation to the steering wheel, however the seats are comfortable.

It is slow to accelerate, but once at speed it goes smoothly.

The brakes are very soft and it takes effort to brake it. Once completely stopped it will still sometimes creep forward.

The radio works fine.

The clock works and is simple to fix the time.

It very rarely stalls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th March, 2005

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 7 reviews