1994 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L Fuel-Injected 4-cylinder from North America
Dependable and economical to own
Head gasket was showing signs of deterioration.
I bought this car for $1500. It was in great physical and mechanical shape and very clean. The 2.5L engine gave plenty of power and the car gave a comfortable ride. Room for 5 adults (6 in a REAL pinch) and a driver's airbag. Gas mileage was about 22 around town.
This engine, while overall very rugged, has a reputation for suffering from premature head gasket failure. Mine was beginning to show an early sign of failing - wild swings of the temperature gauge - though there was no white exhaust smoke and no perceptible loss of coolant. I drained the radiator and added a can of that stop-leak stuff, following the directions scrupulously, and the problem seemed to go away. Even if the head gasket had needed replacement, that job, like just about everything with this car, is pretty cheap to do.
I moved a while after that and sold the car for $1500 - other than oil changes, it was basically a free car for two years. I'd but another one in a minute if I could find one in nice condition with low miles!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st September, 2009