1993 Plymouth Duster Reviews

1993 Plymouth Duster sundance 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired119300 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Good first time car

Faults:

It ticks when I put it into gear I don't know what that is.

The things that hold the hatch up are broke and had the hatch fall on my fingers.

The win shield washer sprayers are broke.

General Comments:

I love this car. I Got this car when I totaled my grand am. This car doesn't need much work done to it. I love the way it handles. It is kinda bad on gas. I find myself filling it up at half a tank because it is so expensive to fill from epmty to full. the heat doesn't work to well, but that's OK it doesn't get to cold here.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2008

1993 Plymouth Duster 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance102567 miles
Previous carDodge Shadow

Summary:

Buy a V6 5 spd and your going to love it!!!

Faults:

The only things wrong with the car when I got it was basic maintenance, (tune up, valve covers leaking, needed brakes) like I said just basic maintenance stuff. the car was painted by the previous owner which wasn't too bad of a job so it looks pretty good for the age and the interior is in good shape except for the headliner. basically everything that is/ was wrong with the car was normal for its age.

General Comments:

The car surprises a lot of people with how quick it is for an econo box. I've surprised a few fox body 5.0 mustangs.

For such a small car it has a rather roomy interior. its easy to run in and out of traffic on the highway and in town.

My last car was a shadow with the V6 and a Manual trans. it had 240,000 very rough miles on it when it became so rusted that it really wasn't safe to drive, but the engine and trans got put into a spirit... yup he converted a spirit to a stick. my friends mom got the shadow new, then he had it and then I did. non of us are nice to cars at all.

I expect at least another easy 150k out of my duster based on how exceptionally clean the engine was when we replaced the valve cover gaskets.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2008

1993 Plymouth Duster Hatchback V6 3.0 Liter from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 3.0 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance146500 miles
Previous carPlymouth Duster

Summary:

Fast enough to get you in trouble if you're not paying attention to the speedometer

Faults:

After I hit a deer with it I have a small chip in the wind shield and the front tires have bald spots from slamming on the brakes and skidding. The grille is also broken. It over heats a lot, but only cause my mom didn't change the oil at all. I took the engine out of it and there are bout 10 oil leaks. One day I was sitting in my kitchen and the tire exploded for no reason at all.

General Comments:

It's a very reliable car and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Any car will go bad if you don't take care of it. The acceleration is the best thing on the car and its worth every penny that I've put into it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd February, 2005

1993 Plymouth Duster 2 door hatchback 2.5 liter gas from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter gas Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired162269 miles
Most recent distance177498 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Best $300 I have ever spent

Faults:

The alternator failed, but was the original at 168,000 miles, and the trunk has rotted through.

General Comments:

For the 300 dollars I paid, this car has paid for itself at least 3 times. The gas mileage is wonderful, the car has had no major problems, just normal maintenance issues, and it is comfortable, quick and powerful.

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

Review Date: 2nd January, 2005

1993 Plymouth Duster 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance246000 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

Abnormal American reliability

Faults:

Rack and Pinion system went out at about 200k miles. It didn't leave me stranded, just kept getting worse till I decided to fix it.

Around that time, a transmission relay went bad. It was a pain to track down, but cheap to fix, and quite a relief not having to replace the transmission.

Also about then, the starter was going bad and had to eventually be replaced.

At about 210k miles I got a bad batch of gas that clogged my fuel filter and caused the fuel pump to burn out.

At 230k miles the front struts finally wore out to the point of undrivability and I had to have them replaced.

At 240k miles the paint finally started chipping and rust is starting to show.

General Comments:

I got the car from my parents, who bought the car new. They're big on preventative maintenance, so when I got it nothing was wrong with it. The only thing I know of that they replaced was the transmission at about 150k miles (normal for Chrysler's, in my experience), although I'm sure there's more. I'm at just over 246k miles now, and it's still the most reliable car I've ever owned. Someone at Chrysler screwed up the day they made my car, domestic cars aren't supposed to last this long.

The ride isn't really comfortable, doesn't handle bumps well at all, seats are kinda hard, etc, but that's about the only bad thing I can say about the car.

Pickup is nice for being a small car, and it handles well.

The next thing to go will probably be the transmission again, but I imagine it will make it well past the 250k mile mark. When that goes, I'll probably finally get rid of the car.

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

Review Date: 16th April, 2004

19th Oct 2007, 01:22

On what other domestic cars are you basing your judgment on? I have owned many reliable domestic cars, and I know people with imports that are complete garbage. But thanks to the perceived reliability of imports, their piles o' crap would be worth more than my reliable car on a trade.

I am not saying that all imports are unreliable. But I am saying that you can't base how reliable a car will be based on where a company is headquartered.

24th Feb 2010, 23:12

Hey man, American cars are the best. Specifically Dodge and Chrysler. I've owned many, and they are strong and dependable!

25th Feb 2010, 11:54

Well, yes, 1993 was about the last year there was a good American car made, but yes, they used to be good. Really everything, regardless of national origin, is over-complicated junk nowadays.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews