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.

General Comments:

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

1989 Plymouth Acclaim from North America


The most reliable car I have ever seen


Transmission has been repaired once (under warranty) and replaced twice (once under warranty, once due to previous owner neglect).

Exterior paint is faded and chipping.

Car had a complete brake system overhaul at about 180,000 miles.

The only other maintenance has been basic, replaced water pump, starter.

Car uses a quart of oil every 10 days or so when being used.

General Comments:

This car was purchased new by my mother and was subsequently totaled out twice by her insurance company, once due to damage from a wreck, once due to flooding. It was owned by my nephew for a short time until he ran it without transmission fluid. At that point I took possession of the car and had another transmission put in.

The car was routinely serviced by Mom; has had very little routine maintenance done by me. Car has sat idle for periods up to 9 or 10 months several times in the last 7 years, since it was totaled for flooding.

After an idle period this car will start up and go right on. It has been extremely reliable and costs almost nothing to keep in running order and insure. It is an ideal dependable spare car for our family and we will keep it as long as it runs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2004

1989 Plymouth Acclaim from North America


Plymouth Unreliability


Engine replaced at 42,000 miles (covered under warranty/extended warranty for $25)

7 oil leaks and 2 transmission leaks.

Rough idling for years - worse with AC on (shook steering wheel) - dealer never did figure it out.

Broken rear strut/shock (don't recall which) at 20,000 then again at 75,000.

Rattling under car for first 6,000 miles - dealer couldn't figure it out and it went away.

Last year and a half of ownership, car was in the shop every 6 weeks (broken speedo cable, thermostat, headlights, misc. bulbs, fuses, etc.) It was unending.

Clearcoat cracked in 1993 and had to argue with regional rep to get it replaced which they did.

Paint fell off.

With the AC on, performance from a dead stop was sluggish with a "dead spot" in the pedal. Hit the pedal there and it was a no go.

General Comments:

This was my first brand new car. Since I had some bad experiences with used cars I figured new would be the way to go. Wrong. The reason I picked the Acclaim was the value.

All regular maintenance services were done on schedule (oil/tune ups, etc.), exterior washed and waxed, and the interior kept in great shape. In fact, interior was mint when I sold it. Same can't be said for the exterior as chunks of paint were falling off.

Every 6 weeks or so I was in the shop. Got to know some of the shop staff and when leaving, they always said, "See you soon." How very true. Most repairs had to be done twice to get it fixed.

Traded it in for a Honda Accord. Had the Acclaim all cleaned out, parked under a tree at the dealer, and when the salesman took it out for a test drive, there were about 70 bird droppings on it.

Somehow it seemed fitting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2004

21st Mar 2006, 00:14

If you purchased a Honda as your next vehicle you won't be seeing a decline in repairs. In 2 different Honda's and 2 different Plymouth's, I can safely say the Plymouth's were much better, more comfortable and reliable vehicles.

Honda's had just as many, if not more repairs at high costs.

16th Sep 2007, 21:23

OP here. Happy to say the Accord has held up very well with 223,000 miles on the original engine and transmission (16 year old vehicle). Has had its share of repairs, but fortunately my mechanic charges a mere $30 per hour.

I'm sure the Acclaim was scrapped years ago...

6th Nov 2007, 14:59

You paid a pretty price for that Honda, and still had repairs? They're as over-rated as any foreign car.

29th Nov 2007, 14:11

"You paid a pretty price for that Honda, and still had repairs?"

Paid wholesale price in 1996 on a 5 year old vehicle. Adding another 11 years to that makes 16. Do you really think other vehicles of that age wouldn't require any repairs? It still has original engine/tranny with no rebuilds.

Must have been a good year for the accords because I see them driven all the time. As far as the acclaims, check the junk yards...

1989 Plymouth Acclaim LX 3.0L V6 from North America


Wish they still made them today


Replaced the transmission twice, once at 44,000 miles (under warranty), and again at 111,000 miles.

Replaced the beam (rear) axle at 95,000 miles ($800).

Replaced the CV boots 3 times.

Replaced water pump & crank seal twice in the last 8 months (2nd time under warranty).

Odometer just stopped working, but since the "electronic" trip computer still works, I'm using that to keep track of the miles. Debating whether to shell out $300 for a new 'speedometer/odometer assembly' unit.

General Comments:

Very room interior. The seats are for the most part comfortable even for a 6'7" guy like me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2003

30th Jan 2003, 04:08

I find your comments interesting in the fact I have 2 Plymouth Acclaims one a 90 and the 2nd is a 94. both cars have over 180,000 miles. The 90 has the 4 speed auto trans and I discovered when I bought it this past year that the previous owner stated it had a bad transmission, It would get stuck in 2nd gear. I took it a shop with a transmission flusher and had the trans flushed and the problem went away. I have driven the 90 daily since without a problem. I got this car for $200.00 Everything else works perfect on it. The 94 is my wifes daily driver and it has never failed we bought it brand new and finally after 184,000 miles the strut bearings are worn out and it is going next week for new struts and shocks.