A nice, reliable vehicle
Replaced brake rotors, brake calipers, brake pads, brake lines and master cylinder at 65000 miles.
New struts at 72000 miles.
Replaced radio/speakers at 85000 miles.
Replaced fuel pump at 87000 miles.
Replaced gas tank, fuel lines, emergency brake cable, rear brake shoes and left front axle at 90000 miles.
Jack mounts fell off, quarter panels badly rusted.
Paint beginning to fade.
This is an excellent car! It goes like a gazelle in the snow and handles well. The seats are comparatively comfortable and its got a big trunk. Routine engine maintenance is straight-forward and easy to do at home.
This is not a high-performance car, but I have found it to be respectable. Replacing the spark plugs and air filter as required greatly improves performance. I have no fears of passing people or merging into traffic.
Style-wise, its not flashy. My car has begun to rust somewhat, but I live where the roads are frequently and heavily salted. Nothing that can't be handled by a big bucket of Bondo and some screen.
This car gets pretty good gas mileage, about 27 MPG on the highway. You can get 300 miles/tank without trying too hard. There was nothing wrong with the radio, but I wanted a tape player so I replaced it. Put some Kenwoods in the front and Pioneer 6x9s in the rear, so it sounds pretty good these days. Insurance is dirt-cheap and there is virtually no chance of anybody stealing it. I've put some money in this car in the past year to get through inspection, but its still a lot less than a down payment on a new car. Overall, I would highly recommend the 1987 Plymouth Reliant.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th January, 2003