1983 Plymouth Reliant Wagon 2.2 2bbl from North America
Slow and cheap
Rear brake lights have needed repair 5 times.
Tires replaced at 56000.
Tailgate hatch support failed when purchased.
Constant carburetor trouble throughout ownership.
Very mildly leaking coolant.
Provided a home for birds due to it's roomy engine bay.
Was a very rare find for the mileage. The car is very dependable (at this mileage) and has never abandoned me. However I have had nothing, but trouble with the carburetor, running too fast while warming up or too slow while at operating temperature. Applying full throttle at a stop results in a nearly stalled position, almost killing me several times making left turns at intersections. The engine produces about 93 horsepower approximately. With the 3 speed auto it makes for a very sluggish car and performs very poorly. This car is really only faster than semi's and buses. I do get an acceptable 25 miles to the gallon even while driving pretty hard. When fully warmed up this car does like to get a lot of gas and sounds pretty impressive (though not). You can go at decent speeds in this car if you push it a little harder than your average car. I use mobile 1 in this car like I do with all of my cars and it runs very smoothly. If you can find one like mine with very low mileage and don't mind putting up with it's performance then you may be very pleased with it's running costs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st March, 2007