1988 Plymouth Reliant Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1988 Plymouth Reliant K 2.2 EFI SOHC TBI from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 EFI SOHC TBI Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

Great reliable car, a must have item

Faults:

Basic Problems had to replace the cam shaft seal, that ran about 5 dollars. A hose on my goose neck. And a radiator. That's it!

General Comments:

Great car. It is very reliable and easy to fix most of the problems, because of the very simple engine design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2004

1988 Plymouth Reliant SE 2.2L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired145446 miles
Most recent distance197867 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

The name says it all! A great car!

Faults:

Just a brake line and a thermostat in the four years I've owned it.

General Comments:

The name says it all! Reliant is a really reliable car! I bought this car for 100 bucks, and it's never let me down. Starts up every morning, even when it is -20 out. The interior is nice and comfortable. The paint needs some attention (planning to repaint it soon). The 2.2L Fuel injected engine and 3-speed automatic is a great combination. This car is much better than my oil burning 1984 Buick Century. Im planning on getting another Reliant for my wife!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2004

1988 Plymouth Reliant LX 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Celebrity

Faults:

Everything: brake lines, and 4 engines in 3 cars.

General Comments:

I previously was in love with the Plymouth Reliant K-cars, but now I hate everything about them.

The only thing I gained, was complete knowledge on how to work on all Chrysler 2.2's, inside out.

I have had the worst experience ever with this type of car. Without exaggeration, 3 cars and 4 engines later, I despise it.

Other people say they are great or they are tanks, but I have had the worst luck with them.

I blew up the first K car on the road 1 mile away from home, and barely got it there.

The 2nd one was my fault. K cars are not off road racers by no means, even if Budweiser told you so. LOL a hole in the oil pan did that one in when I was far from home.

Well while I was going through those 2 cars, my mom bought one by chance, and that car ran great for a while, until she felt bad for me and gave me her K car; my 3rd and final K car. Big mistake. I did learn my lesson and babied the car, but... it hated me. Seriously the 3rd was not a charm; I had it a week and the head gasket went without warning (still driving like a grandma, not beating it). No big deal, I changed it with no problems, but so much antifreeze mixed with the oil, that even with an oil change, the engine blew. So I felt like changing it and did.

Well it ran good for a month, until 3 brake lines went, the alternator, starter, fuel lines, deer accident, brand new flat tire, thermostat, exhaust, and finally a new knocking engine. All in 500 miles!!!

I learned one thing from this whole thing, that I need to pass on to all K-car drivers... After 120000 miles, if one thing goes, expect many many more problems. I mean this goes beyond normal maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd March, 2004

9th Aug 2005, 00:26

I have 408,000km with no major repairs - I think not regarding your comments.

24th Aug 2012, 16:02

It's smug comments like the one above that are why I'm unsure about buying another 80's Chrysler. The review itself is great.

1988 Plymouth Reliant LX 2.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 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 acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles

Summary:

A tank of a car

Faults:

97000 - Head cracked

98000 - Front brakes collapsed.

General Comments:

Nothing was wrong with the car when I got it. I payed the person $600 for it and soon after I got it it overheated. I didn't have the money to pay for a new head at the time, so I jsut drove it into the ground. Every hose in the engine needed to be replaced and the head cracked in 4 places when I finally took it in about 100 miles after the first overheat. Then the front brakes collapsed on themselves and cost me another 600 on top of the 600 I payed for the new head and hoses. This car cost me some money, but it's a tank. It still gets good gas mileage and smokes my friends 2002 Nissan Sentra in a race.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th October, 2003

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 21 reviews