1989 Plymouth Horizon 2.2L from North America
A Ballsy, oddly styled, lovable family car
The previous owner had the car from day one and most likely never washed the car. This caused quite a bit of rust on the hood and roof, so the paint job came first.
There were also a few cosmetics that needed replacement (carpet and headliner). I found kits for these at the local auto parts store and fixed those problems fairly cheap.
After the first year of ownership I had a pretty bad electrical problem: my computer blew which in turn fried the fuel pump and ignition coil.
At first sight this was a hideous car, but served it's purpose well. I eventually fell in love with my Horizon (affectionately called "the Ho").
The economy is great (I average about 28mpg city and 33mpg highway) and the ride is smooth.
One day I got a crazy idea to begin turning this into a quasi-sport car. I upgraded the exhaust, intake and fuel system so far and now my Ho has grown some balls.
I also replaced the stereo and added more speakers. This car is very well suited for some heavy duty speakers because of a solid body a good trunk space.
Besides the rust from being in Alaska the Arizona then to Texas and now South Dakota (what a variety of climates!) this car is definitely a winner compared to any other 13 year old car I've seen, worked on, driven etc..
I can honestly say I'm proud to be an owner of a 1989 Plymouth Horizon!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd April, 2002