1992 Plymouth Acclaim Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1992 Plymouth Acclaim 3.0L V6 fuel injected from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 fuel injected Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

A beast

Faults:

First week I had it the upper radiator hose blew. Luckily I had a roll of duct tape to patch it to get home.

Idled rough and had delay accelerating... replaced spark plugs, wires, distibutor cap and rotor. All of these were original parts that had not been changed because the owner didn't know how to take care of a car. The plugs looked were so covered in carbon build up you could not see the electrodes and they were bridged severely.

My throttle got stuck and would not idle at normal speed, I couldn't figure it out. My new Fram air filter got shredded and stuck in my throttle body, so I replaced that with a cloth K&N filter.

The passenger seat was broken and could not recline or move forward or back. For awhile I held it up with a Nalgalene bottle, but finally found the bolt and put it back. It still falls out sometimes and the seat will fall back into the person riding in the back.

The trunk latch broke and the trunk opened at about 80 on the highway. I looked back in my mirror and all I saw was gray.

The muffler fell off when I was accelerating and I just never fixed it. It sounded like I had an exhaust system and I got better gas mileage due to the reduced back pressure.

The shocks are shot and will bottom out on a hill on the highway if I have more than one person in the vehicle.

The transmission fluid gasket blew while parked and I had to fix that.

The window cranks broke.

The heater only works once you get where you are going.

The axle snapped while accelerating on a straight away. Ended up snapping the motor mounts on the car, bending the steering arm and pushing the motor into steering block. Est. cost is two grand so she's dead now.

General Comments:

Steering was tight and held the curves well.

Accelerated well for being an old family car.

Good gas mileage if driven nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2004

1992 Plymouth Acclaim 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles

Summary:

Fantastic durable car

Faults:

Needed new shocks, struts, radiator, alternator, exhaust system, and ignition at various times after 150,000 miles. Replacement parts that I consider typical for a car with this many miles.

Interior transmission bearings maybe getting weak, but at 180.

General Comments:

This car is a real workhorse. After 113K miles in Michigan, it now has a tough 67K NYC pothole-infested miles and still going strong. That some cities use this car for taxi service doesn't surprise me. You still see plenty of these cars in the New York Tri-state area.

This car is totally under the radar. You can pick up one for $1,500 with 70,000 miles and still put another 100K plus miles on it. No car comes close to matching the Acclaims Value Factor.

Its durability puts it up there in the ranks of the Great American Cars. Spread the word.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2004

5th Oct 2006, 08:30

I have to say, I love your review! I'm a huge fan of these cars. You're right, they are "under the radar" and have a great "value factor". It makes me sad they discontinued this era of Chrysler cars. They were a fantastic value and super reliable. I sure wish Chrysler would resurrect them!

1992 Plymouth Acclaim Base 2.5L 4-Cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L 4-Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres

Summary:

A cheap stylish ride

Faults:

Very little has gone wrong with this car.

At 110,000 had to replace head costing $650.

Air conditioning went at about 80,000KM.

General Comments:

I got this car from my father who had owned it as of 1992. The car is in great condition. My 4-cylinder may not go very fast, but it is a very roomy car, and very comfortable. This big cushy seats and doors make for a sweet ride. A V6 engine is the only thing I wish came standard with this car because the tiny engine gives you no power at all, especially when you have 4 passengers in the car with you. Personally I think it has a very stylish look, inside and out. It's not a large car making it easy to handle and very fuel efficient. Only things I don't like about this car is that there is no power behind my tiny 4-cylinder, and that mods for this car are very hard to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2003

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 16 reviews