Plymouth Caravelle Reviews

1981 Plymouth Caravelle 4.0 Inline Super Six from North America

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.0 Inline Super Six Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired340000 kilometres
Most recent distance626000 kilometres

Summary:

Dirt cheap transportation

Faults:

Basically just the obvious with a car of its age.

Bought a New battery.

Replaced the spark plugs.

Rebuilt the carburetor.

Floor welded into place.

Body work and paint job.

General Comments:

This car was a tank. And the engine was wore badly. Too the point oil was shooting up through the carburator. The front frame buckled on it. and we drove it behind our garage, Thie car was the most reliable we've owned. Very reliable.

The cabin was moderately spacious. the seats were sort of comfortable. heater worked well in the winter. But it was sometimes hard to start in the coldest months.

The Engine was not really used for power. (Even though nicknamed the leaning tower of power) but gas mileage was excellent!

Purchased the car for junk at a 150.00$ was in such good running condition, we junked the other Plymouth and made this one road worthy.

This was the second slant six Caravelle our family owned. Both vehicles ran with the same gusto and high mileage. We purchased the first one for $2800.00 back in 88. It ran from 1988 -1999. and the front frame busted on it.

The first Plymouth also survived a rear ending, where it drove the back-end underneath toward the ground, we tied the trailor hitch to a tree and yanked it straight. we got the cracked frame welded and it was good for another five years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2007

1986 Plymouth Caravelle 5.2L 318CI V8 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.2L 318CI V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance126500 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Parisienne

Summary:

The most comfortable ride I have ever driven

Faults:

Transmission blew at 90,000 kilometers.

Radiator hoses blew at 85,000 kilometers.

On-board computer malfunctioned at 123,000 kilometers.

General Comments:

The car was a smooth ride.

It had great power for a old V8 engine.

I replaced the seats with plush seats from a Fifth Avenue and it made the car so much more comfortable.

The heater worked great. It blew "hot" air and in great volumes.

The fuel mileage was weak, but I'd expect that from any old car with an eight cylinder engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th July, 2006

1985 Plymouth Caravelle LE 2.2 turbo from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired215000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles

Summary:

Great first car, it lets young guys get speedy, but not too speedy

Faults:

Head gasket blown when bought.

Water pump.

Fuel filter.

O2 sensor.

Passenger wheel bearing and tie rod.

Map sensor.

In need of:

New muffler and exhaust line.

Catalytic converter.

Could use some new shocks & struts.

Could use some new motor mounts.

Speed distance sensor.

General Comments:

I know it looks like a lot above, but for 250000 miles, this is pretty good. The car is roomy.

Handles good, but will handle better with the new shocks and struts.

Great plush red interior with a back bench and powered front bucket seats.

I don't like the tach, it has fuel gauge, speed gauge, turn signals of course, washer low alert, fuel low alert, open door/trunk/hood alert, and some idiot lights. I don't like idiot lights, I would rather have an RPM gauge, oil temperature, and the other goodies, but meh, what can you do?

A very nice woodgrain trim, with the luxury steering wheel.

The paint is pearl white crystal coat, where just now the clear coat is beginning to show wear.

Some mean looking hood louvers.

HUGE TRUNK! You can fit anything in there!

I bought it from a man who is selling it for his mother, who recently had her license revoked. I purchased it for $1000.

It's very fast with that 2.2 4 cylinder turbo, but has developed a miss, so I'm not even trying to push it right now. I've just had a stalling issue taken care of with the help of a new MAP sensor. People who have this car and have a problem with stalling, GET A NEW MAP SENSOR, it's the cause of the problem, and all 1980's Plymouth/Dodge/Chrysler owners agree that the MAP sensor is the main cause of this common problem. It needs to be replaced about every 3 years.

Similar cars are the Dodge 600 and the Chrysler Lebaron GTS, basically the same car with different sheet metal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2005

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews