1989 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L from North America
It was a good car when I was in college
Shortly after purchasing the car, the constant velocity boots had been torn.
The alternator had seized, which was replaced with a junk yard alternator that continues to work, though not all that well. If the wipers, defrost, and headlights are all on at once it tends to strain the battery.
The power steering was leaking, but I solved that by adding some Lucas brand "Stop Leak". As an aside, that product worked like a charm.
There was a problem in the steering column, which resulted in replacing the entire column.
Recently, the car failed a safety inspection. Reasons for failing included a worn ball joint, a hole in the muffler, a few holes in the body, worn brake pads, and some minor suspension problems.
If you are looking for something sporty and fun to drive, look elsewhere. The car is too large to have any pick up with a little 2.5L four cylinder engine in it. The V6 engine would have been a bonus. The car could also come with a 2.5L turbo charged engine which had a lot of spunk.
Despite the lack of power, the car did have a few perks. The ride was a bit rough, but the interior was exceptionally roomy for a car that size. Passengers in the backseat could be six feet tall, perhaps a bit more, and still have ample leg room.
Overall, I'd say that this would be a good car for college students. It does not have enough power for young folks to speed around and get into trouble and it has lots of room to haul all of their friends around.
One last thing. If you're going to purchase a Plymouth Acclaim, try to purchase a 1990 or newer. The Acclaim first came out in 1989 and several parts do not fit on a newer Acclaim, so the parts for an '89 can be somewhat hard to come by.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th February, 2005