1994 Plymouth Acclaim 4 cylinder 2.5L from North America
Reliable, economical - Its gonna last forever!
The trunk began leaking at 45,000 miles and the front wheels began wobbling for no reason 94,000 miles. I had to replace the leaking gas tank at 60,000. The engine runs a little rough when first started on freezing mornings. Other than that, everything is in working order.
I drive this car very hard commuting 100 miles per day in horrible city traffic, it has never let me down. Even after a cold winter's night or buried in snow, the engine has always turned over on the first time.
I bought some sportier tires for the front and the handling couldn't be better.
I was in a mild fender bender last summer, the Acclaim merely bounced off the Oldsmobile (which suffered extensive damage) that cut in front of my car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th May, 2003
26th Jun 2004, 08:43
Same with this one. It was purchased at 120000 clicks and have run up 70000 more since then. Canadian winters are doing a job on the edges of the undercarriage, however this isn't anything a day's worth of maintenance and 60 bucks won't handle even for the relatively inexperienced body jobber.
That's the worst concern so far aside from the wobble emitting from the front passenger side wheel assembly when braking. It seems to be working its way out and am considering switching, from right to left, the 'cheapie' rotors that were installed last year on the front end just to knock off any possibility that they're the cause. Spark is a little outta sync too. Replaced originals at around 150k kms.
Aside from that minor issues include: adjustment of valve cover bolts to eliminate trickling of oil; removal of AC drive belt for a handful more hp; O2 sensor 1 time.
Do not get stuck in a snowbank with this car!
1st Nov 2005, 13:04
I LOVE my little car. I bought it used (rental car), was high mileage when I got it. Yes I've had some issues with it, counter balancing, tran, rad., paint sucks. Have bounded off 2 autos and a dresser on the freeway. But it's like the little Bunnie, it just keeps on going and going. I'm pushing close to 175,000 miles on it and it runs great. Would buy another. Don't care what it looks like, it's paid for and runs.
A woman point of view.
29th Sep 2006, 11:14
Haha, gotta love "woman's point of view". These are not the best looking sedans out there, especially with faded and peeling defective paint, which is common, but they are an awsome car if you value reliability and low cost of ownership. My Acclaim lasted over 180k miles before replacing it with something less worn. It was a fantastic car! Darn reliable, efficient, cheap and easy to work on, and well built. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the best cars made in the past 20yrs. and definitely THE best American car made in the past 20yrs. I was so heartbroken when they discontinued this generation of Chrysler cars (Acclaim, Sundance, etc.) and replaced them with all-new, more stylish, and terribly crappy new models, like the Stratus, Neon, and Intrepid. Bad Chrysler...BAD!