Thank you ever so much for assuring me that I am not the only one with this problem. It has occurred recently and, although I have not delved as deeply as you have in replacing parts only to not solve the problem, was unsure of the action that should be taken.
I'm having the same issues you are, no ignition or fuel pump. Replaced the computer and the distributor pickup, all the fuses and relays seem good, and everything works when hooked up directly to the battery.
I owned an 89 Spirit prior to this, and it's had its share of faults. I would still proclaim it as one of the better cars I've owned though.
I bought my 1993 Plymouth acclaim from a woman that had never had her license and used the car for people to take her to the grocery store. Otherwise, the car had been parked for about 11 years. (Varmets had made themselves a home under the hood.) With a little cleaning, changing belts, dry rotted tires, windshield wipers, oil, fluids, spark plug wires (which had been chewed) and getting new brakes. etc. etc. etc, all the things necessary to get my car on the road, plus a new radio system...I'm telling you that I love my car. I am a young woman, but I do not mind driving an "old lady car", especially this one. I only paid 1000.00 for a car that cost 11,000.00 in 1994 and had very few miles on it. Worth every penny. My only concern about my car is this, when I see other plymouth acclaims on the highway, I see a lot of paint problems. It seems all paint jobs are a mess and the paint is peeling off. I think if that becomes a problem with my white plymouth acclaim, I will certainly take her (Mamie) in and have her a whole new paint job done immediately I won't have her running around town looking ugly. I like my Acclaim.
I love my 1990 Plymouth Acclaim it very fast off the line and has a lot of power. I have never had any troubles with it, until it would not start. We have replaced everything that we thought could cause it with no luck.
My Acclaim is amazing! I've had to do some routine manintenence on it over the years, but it's a '91 and still runs beautifully! :) The great thing about an old car is that it has documented history. My timing belt just went and I thought I was SOL, but it turns out that it's a well known documented fact that the timing belt on this car goes after about 75,000 miles, so I actually got more use out of it than typically it gives. While repairs are always needed on older cars, its nice to have the reliability in the fact that many people have already "been there, done that" and if you diagnose properly and learn about the underside of your hood you have that much up on the repair people and shouldn't get gouged too badly. Just remember its all about whom you know! Ask around for mechanics through friends and family and you'll be better off!
I have a 2.5L 1992 Acclaim and it has run quite well for me. I had one issue of the car stumbling when at highway speeds and had difficulty finding out why. I replaced spark plugs, rotor, and fuel filter. Then I found out how to check the diagnostic computer on the car using the ignition switch. Found out that the problem was the oxygen sensor had gone bad and was feeding the computer faulty information causing the engine to run poorly. Replaced the sensor and now the car runs fine.
Timing belt out of time. It must have slipped out for some reason. It happened to me.
Unfortunately your grandfather will have more problems with the Toyota. EVERY import car that I have owned has been sub par to the American ones, so your reasoning here doesn't work. The Acclaim along with the Reliant have been 2 of the best cars I have ever owned; both more reliable than any import!
I drove a taxi in the late 90s, and we used a whole host of different cars at different times, including about half a dozen of these Acclaims bought off rental car companies - they were fantastic little cabs, economical, reliable, and racked up high miles in a few years of service with no problems. Very roomy inside too.
All the 2.5 liter ones were great, no exceptions, but we had one or two of the 3.0 liter ones (the six cylinder) and they were terrible, though not really because of the engine, rather because of the terrible transmission that went with it. The 2.5 had a good, durable 3-spd auto.